Spinal Stenosis

At the OHSU Spine Center,our goal is to relieve your spinal pain and prevent future symptoms. Our doctors manage spinal stenosis with conservative non-surgical treatments before recommending surgery.

What is spinal stenosis?

As you get older, your spine changes. These changes can cause sections of the cervical, lumbar, or thoracic spine to become narrower, with less room for the spinal cord or spinal nerves. This is called spinal stenosis. If spinal discs, joints or bone spurs press on the spinal cord or nerves, you can experience pain, weakness, and other symptoms.

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Treatments for spinal stenosis

The OHSU Spine Center offers a full range of treatments for cervical, lumbar, and thoracic spinal stenosis. If you have mild to moderate symptoms, your spinal stenosis may be treated without surgery. Our conservative treatments include:

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Spinal stenosis resources

Below are excellent video and download resources for prospective patients who want to learn more about spinal stenosis and how this condition is treated.

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