Methods to maintain your home while suffering from spinal narrowing
Spinal narrowing describes a spinal canal that is too small, leading to compression and pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Being a homeowner comes with many responsibilities, not the least of which is upkeep on the structure and any surrounding property. When you’re experiencing spinal narrowing symptoms, consisting of pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and in severe cases, spasticity, loss of coordination and lack of dexterity, this upkeep can become nearly impossible.
However, hiring someone to do everything can quickly become extraordinarily expensive. The trick is to do what you can and only use a professional service for tasks that are too challenging for you to complete on your own. Read on to learn more about how to maintain your home while suffering from narrowing of the spine, as well as what treatments are available to get you back to your daily routine.
Helpful tips for home maintenance
Some of the maintenance tasks that you can use this technique for include:
- Landscaping. Gardening and landscaping can be enjoyable hobbies, but some of the tasks required to maintain your lawn may be too physically intense to perform when you have spinal narrowing. If you can, do less demanding tasks like trimming small bushes and planting flowers. For larger jobs like stump removal, cutting large branches or planting bigger bushes and trees, call a landscape company.
- Painting. Doing an entire room is a lot of work, but if you’re able to, painting the trim or even just prepping the room for painting can cut down on the cost of a professional job.
- Minor repairs. Many small maintenance issues like a broken door handle can easily be fixed with a visit to your local hardware store. However, if you’re unable to do it yourself, buying the required parts ahead of time and having them ready for the repair company can cut down on the cost to you and the time required of them.
- Cleaning. Many small cleaning tasks like vacuuming and washing windows can be done easily enough, but consider having a professional service come into your home once or twice a year for a deep, thorough clean. This can make it easier to keep your home clean the rest of the year. When you’re cleaning, don’t try to do everything at once. Spread out the tasks throughout the week and try to do one small thing every day rather than push it all into a single day of intense cleaning.
Spinal narrowing treatments
Conservative measures such as pain medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, steroid injections, and muscle relaxants may be effective in alleviating the symptoms associated with spinal narrowing. However, if these therapies do not provide you with adequate relief after several weeks or months, then surgical intervention may become necessary, such as the minimally invasive spine surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute. Contact us today to learn about our procedures, which have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain.
At Laser Spine Institute, our team of dedicated surgeons performs a variety of decompression procedures in order to remove the structure in the spine that is causing pressure from spinal narrowing. These procedures act as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery^ by using muscle-sparing techniques and a less than 1-inch incision in order to alleviate symptoms.
Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today for more tips on living with spinal narrowing symptoms or for information on minimally invasive techniques used to treat this debilitating condition. We’ll provide a no-cost MRI review* and let you know if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, which can help you find lasting relief.