WHICH SPINAL STENOSIS TREATMENT SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Spinal Stenosis Treatment ranges from very conservative things such as exercise and activity modification to very complex surgery. It really depends on how long you have had spinal stenosis and whether your spinal cord or nerve roots are being pressed on by the stenosis.

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis is an unhealthy narrowing of your spinal canal due to an overgrowth of bone which occurs in osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis itself can be painful, but when it causes bony overgrowth that puts pressure on your spinal cord or spinal nerves your problems get a lot more serious.

Spinal Stenosis is much more common in the lower back but does occur in the neck area also.




Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

In the lumbar spine, symptoms of spinal stenosis usually include pain running down your leg (Sciatica) from your lower back. There can also be numbness, tingling, and weakness from your lower back into your buttocks and leg.

These pains are usually worse after walking and get better after sitting and resting for a while. The longer you walk, the worse the symptoms get. Sometimes even standing can cause the symptoms in your leg.

These symptoms usually develop very slowly over a period of many years. Before you even realize you need treatment for spinal stenosis your condition may be quite severe.


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Best Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Depending on how bad your symptoms are, the only spinal stenosis treatment that you may need at first may be exercise and changing the way you do certain activities.

Even though too much of an activity, such as walking, may increase your symptoms, it is important to remain as active as possible because total inactivity is very bad for every part of your body’s health. Total inactivity will make your spinal stenosis symptoms worse.

Exercise won’t eliminate your spinal stenosis but it can help you manage it and prevent it from getting worse. You will benefit by a program of exercises specifically geared to help spinal stenosis. These should be prescribed by a chiropractor or physical therapist that has expertise in rehabilitative exercise.

If standing or walking makes your leg symptoms worse, the easiest thing to do is sit down and rest before letting the pain get too severe.

Sitting or bending forward at the waist takes pressure off your spinal nerves and will relieve your symptoms.

An example of changing the way you do an activity that is a good conservative spinal stenosis treatment is changing the way you ride a bicycle. If you switch from a regular upright bicycle to a recumbent bicycle you will take pressure off your lower back and neck. This will allow you to exercise without aggravating your spinal stenosis symptoms.

Changing your diet can be a very effective spinal stenosis treatment. You should eat lots of fruits and vegetables. These foods have lots of natural anti-inflammatory compounds. I personally have always included raw garlic in my diet for all its benefits including reducing inflammation.

I always prescribed vitamin C with bioflavonoids and a B-complex vitamin which includes Vitamin B-6 to all of my patients who had inflammation. Essential fatty acids found in fish and fish oil are very helpful at reducing chronic inflammation. Therefore, eating more fish or taking fish oil supplements is another easy treatment for spinal stenosis.

Weight Loss of even a few pounds can often cause a significant reduction in pain.




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Herbs for Spinal Stenosis

There are many herbs which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the ones I have seen work very well include: Ginger, Turmeric, Black cohosh, Boswellia, Celery seed, Comfrey, Devil’s claw, and Valerian root.

Non-Conservative Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Other treatments that may help your symptoms include:

• Anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin

• Epidural steroid injections of cortisone

• Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Of course surgery should always be the last treatment for spinal stenosis considered. This particular surgery tends to be more successful and has fewer bad outcomes than many other surgeries involving the spine.

To Your Best Health,

Dr. Cliff

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