Methods to relieving spinal narrowing on a night out
Spinal narrowing happens when the spinal canal is too small and narrows, leading to pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. When you’re experiencing symptoms of spinal narrowing, such as back pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, having a night out with friends or a loved one can still be a fun activity. All it takes is a little planning. Although your activity level should be based on the severity of your condition, read the following article to learn about the steps you can take to reduce discomfort and prolong the time you can spend out enjoying the company of your friends and family.
Spinal narrowing tips
Some things you can do to reduce aggravation of your spinal narrowing symptoms during a night out include:
- Reserve your table ahead of time. If you’re going to a restaurant, look up their website and make reservations ahead of time so you don’t have to stand and wait. Restaurants that don’t offer reservations will often do call-ahead seating, so you can put your name on the list before you get there and reduce the wait time.
- Look for easily accessible seating. If you use a walker or wheelchair, let the restaurant know ahead of time and request a table rather than a booth. If you’re going to the movies, look for an aisle seat to allow easy access, and don’t show up too early to avoid having to get up and down to allow other patrons to get into the middle seats.
- Purchase tickets for events online beforehand. By getting your tickets and printing them out, you can avoid having to stand in line once you get to the movie theater, concert or another event. If you don’t feel comfortable purchasing them online, call the box office ahead of time to reserve them for pickup.
- Pace yourself. Don’t plan an evening full of non-stop events; give yourself time to sit and rest between activities so you can fully enjoy the whole night.
Learn more about spinal narrowing
For more tips on living with spinal narrowing symptoms and how to avoid exacerbating them when you go out, consult with your doctor. He or she may recommend undergoing a conservative treatment regimen consisting of anti-inflammatories, pain medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care and cortisone injections.
If conservative therapy does not prove effective after several weeks or months, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive spine surgery can help you find lasting relief from spinal narrowing. Since 2005, our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients alleviate their chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.
At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ perform a variety of minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures through a small muscle-sparing incision in order to remove the structure that is causing compression. We’ll be happy to provide a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to let you know if you are a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.