When you’re experiencing symptoms of spinal narrowing, 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, there are some general steps you can take to reduce discomfort and prolong the time you can spend out enjoying the company of your friends and family.
A few tips
Some things you can do to reduce aggravation of your spinal narrowing symptoms during a night out include:
- 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.
- Whatever you do for the evening, 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 other 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.
For more tips on living with spinal narrowing symptoms and how to avoid exacerbating them when you go out, consult with your physician. To learn about treatment options including the minimally invasive spinal procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute, contact us. We’ll be happy to provide a review of your MRI or CT scan and let you know if you are a candidate for one of our highly effective outpatient procedures.