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What types of injections are used to treat spinal stenosis?

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Spinal stenosis is when the canal in your spinal column narrows. Doctors use two main types of injections to help with pain and swelling.

Depending on the person, the injections may give you long- or short-term relief, or not help at all.

  • Corticosteroids: These can be injected straight into the area around the spinal cord. This is called an epidural injection.
  • Nerve blocks: These are painkillers injected near the damaged nerves.

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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