Cooking with a Pinched Nerve

Cooking with a Pinched Nerve

When you’re living with a pinched nerve or trying to manage symptoms of this condition, everyday activities like cooking a meal can become a seemingly insurmountable task. However, this doesn’t have to be the case, and there are many steps you can take to make these daily necessities much easier on you and your body.

Helpful tips

For many people, the thought of preparing a meal includes long periods of standing at the stove, bending over to check the oven and having to lift dishes into the washer once finished. However, there are many ways to make cooking an enjoyable experience again, including:

  • Sit when possible – Consider getting a stool for your kitchen, particularly one with a backrest that you can lean against. Sitting down rather than standing when washing dishes, for example, can make a big difference in the overall impact on your symptoms. Even if you don’t feel tired or experience pain at the time, being proactive can help you avoid aggravating symptoms later on.
  • Rest – Rather than try to cook everything at once and move around a lot in a short period of time, spread the meal preparation out. Simply planning the preparation differently can make a big difference. For example, decide what you’re going to make the day before or that morning, and pre-slice vegetables earlier in the day, if possible, so you don’t have to stand and do it all at night.
  • Avoid lifting heavy items – If you can steam a food rather than boil it and avoid carrying the heavy pot full of water, then do it. If it’s possible to cook an item on the stovetop rather than in the oven, consider using this method, so you don’t have to stoop to the oven. Small, rolling kitchen islands can make it much easier to transport items and can serve as a cart for you to transport heavier items from the stove to the sink and dinner table. Other techniques include putting a pot on the stove and filling it with smaller containers rather than filling it completely with water in the sink and then carrying it to the stove.

Learn more

If you’d like to learn more about ways to avoid exacerbating pinched nerve symptoms when cooking, or to learn about the minimally invasive techniques and procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. We’ll review your MRI or CT scan to determine your eligibility.

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