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Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

Many people believe that back conditions such as spinal stenosis can only be treated through surgical treatment. The truth however, is that only less than 5% of people diagnosed with spinal stenosis are considered for spinal surgery. Doctors will only consider surgery as the final option after trying other non-surgical treatments for spinal stenosis.

There are several non-surgical options for the treatment of spinal stenosis. Many of these therapies are used in combination for more effective results.

Medication is one such therapy.
There are several therapeutic drugs available for the
treatment of spinal stenosis.

Drugs are used for symptomatic treatment i.e. they only treat the symptoms of the condition and do not eliminate the disease in itself. They only serve to relieve the effects of the disease such as inflammation, pain and muscle spasms. Several drugs are available over the counter while others are only available as prescriptions. Over the counter drugs should not be used alone but in combination with prescription drugs. It should be noted that over the counter drugs have serious side effects and should be avoided if possible.

Physical therapy is one of the most highly recommended
spinal stenosis therapies.

Physical therapy involves a combination of inactive and active therapy. Inactive therapy involves the use of ice packs, heat, ultrasound, massage and electrical stimulation. Inactive therapy is used to prepare patients for active therapy by relaxing tight muscles and relieving pain. Active therapy involves the use of therapeutic exercises. To stabilize the spine, increase flexibility and develop strength and endurance

Spinal Stenosis Treatments
Non-Surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis
Article published January 6th, 2011
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