The Effectiveness of Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis

Dural Leak

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In our post last week we discussed the use of epidural injections for spinal stenosis pain, this week we will take a look at the effectiveness, limitations, side effects and risks involved in the use of steroid injections as a spinal stenosis treatment. Continue reading “The Effectiveness of Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis” »

Epidural Injection for Spinal Stenosis

Epidural Steroid Injections for Relief of Spinal Stenosis

For patients with severe and persistent pain in the spine from conditions such as spinal stenosis, regardless of whether they also have neck pain or back pain, an epidural steroid injection can provide welcome relief for spine pain. These injections are a combination of a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid which work to relieve pain straight away Continue reading “Epidural Injection for Spinal Stenosis” »

Spinal Stenosis Surgery – Choosing the right kind of surgeon

Spinal Stenosis Surgery: An Orthopaedic Surgeon or a Neurosurgeon?

Spinal stenosis may lead to the need for surgery, but who performs these procedures? Some will automatically think of an orthopaedic surgeon, after all it is bone-related surgery, but in the delicate spinal area, with numerous nerves involved, should the procedure be carried out instead by a specialist in this area?

Currently these two specialties require separate certification by different medical boards, although many surgeons performing spinal procedures display significant overlap in their knowledge of both areas. The field of ‘spinal surgery’ is an emerging one, with no overarching regulatory body as yet.
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Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Back and Neck Pain Relief

Back and Neck Pain Relief

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

An increasingly popular way to address the problems of joint, back and neck pain, such as in spinal stenosis is to take supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin, but what are they, how can they help, and are there any safety issues with these substances?

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Long Term Effects of Spinal Stenosis

Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Reference Cedars Sinai

Unfortunately, virtually all adults suffer some degree of spinal stenosis as a natural result of aging. Stenosis literally means abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or channel, in this case involving one or more of the spinal canal, intervertebral foramina (spaces between vertebrae) and/or nerve root canals. This can compress nerve roots and spinal nerves leading to myriad symptoms including lower back pain, pains in the lower extremities and neurogenic claudication. Long term this can severely affect quality of life.
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Spinal Stenosis Exercises

Spinal Stenosis Exercises

For many individuals, simple exercises for spinal stenosis can help alleviate some of the pain associated with spinal stenosis conditions. Whether you suffer from cervical or lumbar spinal stenosis and depending upon the severity of your condition (make sure you check with your doctor prior to doing any exercises) simple flexion exercises (forward bending) may be right for you.
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