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Posted by Peter
on March 09, 2000 at 16:04:12:
In Reply to: Spinal Stenosis posted by Mick on February 14, 2000 at 23:13:07:
: My elderly Father was just diagnosis with Spinal Stenosis. He had previously been diagnosed with arthrisis. His doctors are not explaining his options to him in a way that he can understand and I want some info before I talk to them myself.
: I am very interested in finding out about treatment options. My Father is not considering surgery right now. I believe that he has had cortizone(sp?) treatment and had trouble with side effects. He is curious if exercise will be of any benefit to him (he has been walking on his treadmill). If anyone has had any success with physical therapy or any other form of therepy for that matter, I'd appreciate your input. Please email me at BizRMick@aol.com
: Thank you.
Surgery may be the only solution. I have the same problem as your father and I have always been very athletic the spinal stenosis came as a result of a serious car accident 13 years ago. Anyway; I used exercise to relieve
the pain and it went away for 10 years until I re-injured my spine this time a 'cleft' developed as a result of too much physical activity (the vertebrae were rubbing on each other as the cushion between them kept wearing away
this cleft is now destroying the sciatic nerve in the left leg (there is almost no feeling in left leg) My point is that if I had had the surgery sooner I could have avoided this problem. There are a number of good sites on the web
that explain the condition and treatment including surgery that are very good. Go to "Mamma" search engine and look for spinal+senosis. You didn't mention your father's age as this can also be a contributing factor; I'm only
42. good luck!!!
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