Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more passageways in the spine, and it can be caused by a number of conditions. The most common cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis, but it can also result from an injury or fracture to the spine, a herniated disc or a spinal tumor.
Since the causes of spinal stenosis are so broad, the prevention measures are general and can be considered good practices for anyone who wants to avoid back problems. The following habits will help you keep your spine as healthy as possible:
- Exercise regularly – A strong body helps support the spine, thereby preventing injuries from occurring. Stretching is also important for maintaining flexibility in the spine.
- Maintain a healthy weight – Extra weight places added pressure on the spine and causes it to compromise its normal shape.
- Practice good body mechanics – Use proper lifting techniques when attempting to pick up heavy objects and use correct posture when you sit, sleep or drive.
No matter how hard you try to prevent spinal stenosis, sometimes you just can’t avoid it. But the good news is that you don’t have to live a life of pain and limited mobility, as there are many effective spinal stenosis treatments available. Your physician should be able to assess the severity of your condition and will design a treatment plan that’s right for you. The plan may include exercise, rest, pain medication and other conservative therapies.
In the event that conventional treatments fail to relieve you of your spinal stenosis symptoms, surgery may be recommended. However, there are minimally invasive techniques that can be performed in an outpatient setting, so the recovery time is shorter and the risks are lower than with traditional open back surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer the most advanced, minimally invasive outpatient procedures available, and we would be glad to review your MRI or CT scan while answering any questions you may have. Take the first step toward reclaiming your life by contacting us today.