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What medications help treat spinal stenosis?

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Spinal stenosis is when the canal in your spinal column narrows. It’s often treat with over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) lower pain and inflammation. They include:

Medications that help relieve pain but don't treat swelling are called analgesics. Acetaminophen is a common analgesic. Your doctor also may recommend prescription medication.

  • Aspirin
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)

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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