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How is spinal stenosis treated or cured?

There are several treatment methods for spinal stenosis. If it's mild, sometimes medications or epidural injections can be enough to give people relief. If it's severe enough that it is causing weakness or causing someone to fall, then doctors typically treat those people with surgery, because often those signs of changes can be permanent. The aim of treatment is, first of all, to stop the symptoms from getting worse, and second, to work to reverse them.

If the spinal stenosis is relatively mild with no permanent numbness, weakness, bowel or bladder problems then one may try conservative treatment of local pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. However, if there are neurological symptoms then surgical decompression of the spine is the only way to relieve the mechanical compression on the spine.

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