How is arachnoiditis treated?

There is no cure for arachnoiditis. Treatment options for arachnoiditis are similar to those for other chronic pain conditions. Most treatments for arachnoiditis focus on relieving pain and improving symptoms that impair daily activities. Often, healthcare professionals recommend a program of pain management, physiotherapy, exercise and psychotherapy. Surgery for arachnoiditis is controversial because outcomes can be poor and can provide only short-term relief. Clinical trials of steroid injections and electrical stimulation are needed to determine whether those treatments are effective.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/10/2019.


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