Can Spinal Stenosis Be Reversed?
Structural changes developing over time may pinch your spinal nerves or spinal cord. Can anything be done to reverse spinal stenosis? Here’s the Short Answer from a pain management specialist.
A: While we can’t erase this common, painful condition, we have many effective ways to treat it.
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Spinal stenosis develops over time. It can be caused by degeneration of a number of structures that make up the back. Many of these structural changes are asymptomatic for decades, even though we can see the changes on imaging studies.
As the rigid portions of the spine narrow, symptoms can manifest when the spinal nerves or spinal cord become pinched. Often, pain with spinal stenosis occurs when people walk or stand for long periods of time, causing them to curtail their activities.
Noninvasive, minimally invasive and surgical options are available to ease pain from spinal stenosis:
—Pain management specialist Robert B. Bolash, MD