Myelogram, to look for narrowing of the
spinal canal or abnormalities of the nerves branching off the canal. This is
rarely used to diagnose spinal stenosis.
Your doctor may try
nonsurgical treatment, such as pain-relieving medicines, exercise, and physical
therapy, for a period of time before ordering imaging tests. If treatment
works, you may not need tests.
Imaging tests can help confirm a
diagnosis or rule out other problems. But even if imaging shows spinal
stenosis, your symptoms may not match the results of the tests. So treatment is
based on what your symptoms are and how much spinal stenosis is impacting your
life, not just on the results of imaging tests.
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June 04, 2014
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