Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (cont.)
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Taking medicine along with other nonsurgical treatment is often enough to relieve pain and allow you to do normal daily activities.
Medicines used to relieve the symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
Surgery is done to relieve pressure on the nerve roots. This can help reduce pain, numbness, and weakness in your legs.
Surgery may be recommended if:
The goal of surgery is to relieve pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs—not to relieve back pain. People who have surgery only for back pain are less satisfied with the results than are those who have surgery for nerve root symptoms and pain in both the back and legs. Also, numbness, weakness, and pain may return after surgery.
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