What is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within the spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through it. This condition often occurs in the neck and lower back, leading to pain, numbness, or even difficulty walking.
- Conservative: Physical therapy exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility, along with over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Medications: Prescription medications such as anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants.
- Minimally Invasive Injections: Epidural steroid injections to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
- Q: Can spinal stenosis be cured without surgery?
A: Yes, many patients respond well to conservative treatments, medications, and injections.
- Q: What activities should I avoid with spinal stenosis?
A: Activities that strain the back or neck should be avoided, and a physiatrist can provide specific guidance.
- Q: How often are injections needed for spinal stenosis?
A: The frequency of injections varies by patient and severity of symptoms; regular consultations with a physiatrist will determine the best course of treatment.