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Pain Management and Spinal Stenosis

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How Is Spinal Stenosis Treated?

Spinal stenosis can be treated several ways. Treatment options include:

  • Changes in posture: People with spinal stenosis may find that flexing the spine by leaning forward while walking relieves their symptoms. Lying with the knees drawn up to the chest also can offer some relief. These positions enlarge the space available to the nerves and may make it easier for people with stenosis to walk longer distances.
  • Medications: In some cases, the pressure on the nerves is caused by inflammatory swelling. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as aspirin or ibuprofen may help relieve symptoms.
  • Rest: Rest, followed by a gradual resumption of activity, can help. Aerobic activity such as bicycling is often recommended.
  • Surgery: If other treatments do not ease the pain, surgery may be recommended to relieve the pressure on affected nerves.


 

 

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on March 21, 2014
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