Other Names for this Disease
- Adhesive arachnoiditis
- Chronic arachnoiditis
- Spinal arachnoiditis
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Arachnoiditis remains a difficult condition to treat, and long-term outcomes are unpredictable. Most treatments are focused on pain relief and the improvement of symptoms that impair daily function. A regimen of pain management, physiotherapy, exercise, and psychotherapy is often recommended. Surgical intervention is controversial since the outcomes are generally poor and provide only short-term relief. Clinical trials of steroid injections and electrical stimulation are needed to determine the efficacy of these treatments.
Last updated: 9/18/2015
- NINDS Arachnoiditis Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). July 8, 2015; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/arachnoiditis/arachnoiditis.htm. Accessed 9/18/2015.
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- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Arachnoiditis. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.