CNY Orthopedic Sports Medicine, PC: Treatment: Spinal Stenosis
 
Injuries and Conditions: Back & Spine: Spinal Stenosis: Treatment Options
 
Treatment options:
Conservative Treatment of Spinal StenosisSpinal Stenosis



Non-Surgical Treatment: Conservative Treatment of Spinal Stenosis
  • Medications specifically designed to treat nerve pain and irritation can be prescribed.
  • NSAID's (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are administered to treat the pain and inflammation associated with both the degenerative changes in the spine and the compression of the nerves and spinal cord.
  • Since steriods have very strong anti-inflamatory effects, epidural steriod injections may be useful in relieving the pain associated with nerve compression.
  • Postural changes may relieve symptoms. These include leaning forward while walking or lying down with the knees drawn up to the chest. Both enlarge the space available for the nerve root in the lumbar spine.
  • Physical therapy can strengthen and help maintain flexibility within the spine.
  • Weight loss, if over weight, to lessen the load supported by the spine.


  • Non-Surgical Product Considerations

    NSAIDs
    NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are a group of drugs used to control pain. This category of medications includes both prescription and common over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen. NSAIDs are effective for many types of pain that can occur because of inflammation of muscles, joints and bones. The drugs work quickly and people often notice some benefit within a few hours of taking the tablet. However, the complete effectiveness of the drug may not be realized for up to four weeks. For each individual, some varieties of NSAIDs are more effective than others. Often, patients will find that one or two varieties are helpful whereas others may not be as effective in controlling symptoms. It is usually necessary to try several brands and continue with the one that is most suitable. NSAIDs can be used to treat:
  • Pain resulting from inflammation or swelling.
  • Pain after injury.
  • Joint pain and arthritis.


  • Surgical Treatment: Spinal Stenosis

    Surgical Product Considerations

    NSAIDs
    NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are a group of drugs used to control pain. This category of medications includes both prescription and common over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen. NSAIDs are effective for many types of pain that can occur because of inflammation of muscles, joints and bones. The drugs work quickly and people often notice some benefit within a few hours of taking the tablet. However, the complete effectiveness of the drug may not be realized for up to four weeks. For each individual, some varieties of NSAIDs are more effective than others. Often, patients will find that one or two varieties are helpful whereas others may not be as effective in controlling symptoms. It is usually necessary to try several brands and continue with the one that is most suitable. NSAIDs can be used to treat:
  • Pain resulting from inflammation or swelling.
  • Pain after injury.
  • Joint pain and arthritis.



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