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What are alternative treatments for spinal stenosis?

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Spinal stenosis is when the canal in your spinal column narrows. It’s most often treated with exercise and medication.

Alternative therapies may help, too. The two main types are.

Acupuncture: Tiny, flexible needles are inserted through the skin or used to put pressure on specific parts of your body to ease pain.

Chiropractic care: This adjusts your spine to lower pain and improve movement. Some chiropractors also use traction to pull bones farther apart to make more room for the nerves. There isn’t much evidence that this works, but some people say that traction helps them.

You may also benefit from yoga, tai chi (an ancient Chinese exercise routine), or massage.

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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