Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment
Treatment for spinal stenosis depends on the severity of the symptoms. Mild symptoms may be treated with rest, a brace, and physical therapy. More pronounced symptoms may be treated with medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids. Additional treatment may include surgery to alleviate symptoms due to nerve compression.
Specific treatment for spinal stenosis may include:
- Neck brace for spinal stenosis
- Back brace for spinal stenosis
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Corticosteroid medications:
- Physical therapy for spinal stenosis
- Surgery for spinal stenosis:
- Laminectomy: a portion of the vertebra is removed to take pressure off the spinal cord.
- Laminoplasty: similar to laminectomy, but less bone is removed and preserves range of motion in the spine
- Spinal fusion: two vertebra are fused together to create greater spine stability, but decreased flexibility.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat spinal stenosis:
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