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Spinal Stenosis (cont.)

Spinal Stenosis Medications

Initial treatments include anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.) or naproxen (Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve). These medications help reduce the inflammation and swelling around the nerves being compression. Oral cortisone medications may be tried. Epidural steroid (cortisone) injections can provide a larger dose of medications to reduce inflammation directly to the site of nerve compression. Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles surrounding the spinal column and take some of the pressure off the spine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2015

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