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Date: 10/12/2006    Written by: Jon Barron

Spinal Stenosis, Narrowing Spine

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Question:

What can you tell me about Spinal Stenosis?

Answer:

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine, either in the center of the spine, in the canals where the nerves branch out, or in the spaces between the vertebrae. This narrowing puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and can cause pain. It is not uncommon in men and women over 50. Surgery is the standard medical solution.

Unfortunately, regular surgery is not likely to be helpful and has a number of possible complications. However, there is a newer outpatient procedure using lasers that seems to offer a much better alternative. It's called a foraminotomy. It uses a local anesthetic, and in many cases provides instant relief. In fact, you're encouraged to take a long walk a couple of hours after your treatment.

But keep in mind, even though it may be a better option than regular surgery, foraminotomy is still invasive surgery and carries risks.

Another possibility that might provide some short term relief is cetyl-myristoleate (available in health food stores everywhere). Give it a couple of weeks. But even if it helps short term, eventually the symptoms will reappear because you haven't removed the actual cause (the narrowing of the spine). But, then again, that reappearance might be several years down the road.

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  •  
    Submitted by heidi spillane on
    October 7, 2008 - 5:58am

    Does anyone know what increased uptake at c3 and c4 might mean?

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    Submitted by Jon Barron on
    October 7, 2008 - 10:48am

    You're commenting on a blog about the spine, so the first thought that comes to mind is that C3 and C4 refer to the cervical vertibrae in the upper part of the neck. But since you menion uptake, I'm guessing that your comment has nothing to do with the blog itself, and that your're referring to complement C3 and C4, the major plasma proteins of the immune system. If so, then you would be referring to glucose uptake and fatty acid storage in the adipose tissue, which are connected with levels of C3 and C4.

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    Submitted by NINO JAKHEL on
    March 31, 2009 - 12:20pm

    In Italy they developed a new method for Spinal Stenosis - Ozone Injection. After six months there was a 80% success!

  •  
    Submitted by Bill on
    August 27, 2011 - 7:30am

    I have detereration of cushion between c3 and c4 in my neck.I wonder if there are excersizes that will help?

    NezHF

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