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How might surgery help treat spinal stenosis?

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Spinal stenosis is when the canal in your spinal column narrows. If excise and medication don’t help enough, your doctor may recommend surgery, especially if you’re in a lot of pain, have trouble walking, or controlling your bladder.

Surgery can reopen your spinal canal to make more room for nerves that are pinched or squeezed.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis."

American College of Rheumatology: "Spinal Stenosis."

Uptodate.com: "Lumbar spinal stenosis: Treatment and prognosis," "Nonselective NSAIDs: Adverse cardiovascular effects."

Cochrane: "Can exercise give better results after spinal surgery for spinal stenosis?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Spinal Stenosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Lumbar Spinal Stenosis."

Radiological Society of North America: "Epidural Injections."

Cochrane: "Traction for low-back pain."

Cleveland Clinic: "Spinal Stenosis."

Mayo Clinic, “Stress Management -- Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis."

American College of Rheumatology: "Spinal Stenosis."

Uptodate.com: "Lumbar spinal stenosis: Treatment and prognosis," "Nonselective NSAIDs: Adverse cardiovascular effects."

Cochrane: "Can exercise give better results after spinal surgery for spinal stenosis?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Spinal Stenosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Lumbar Spinal Stenosis."

Radiological Society of North America: "Epidural Injections."

Cochrane: "Traction for low-back pain."

Cleveland Clinic: "Spinal Stenosis."

Mayo Clinic, “Stress Management -- Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

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