Lumbar spinal stenosis overview
When you’re living with lumbar spinal stenosis, you’ll probably notice many changes to your day-to-day life. Actions that were once simple become difficult, and just leaving the house can be a chore. Leg cramps, radiating pain, difficulty balancing or walking, headaches and dizziness are just a few of the debilitating effects of the narrowing of the spinal canals in your lower back. However, there are many things listed below that you can do to avoid aggravating the symptoms so you can live a more comfortable life.
Tips for lumbar spinal stenosis
The following recommendation can help you manage your lumbar spinal stenosis symptoms:
- Rest. Don’t push yourself and be proactive about taking breaks during your day. By resting, you can avoid painful flare-ups and prolong the total amount of time you can spend out and about.
- Low-impact exercise. Strengthening your core muscles can provide stability to the spine and reduce the work required by the lower back, in turn minimizing symptoms of spinal stenosis. Just make sure to check with your doctor before trying any new exercise program.
- Weight management. The lumbar back supports the bulk of the body’s weight. By losing excess pounds you can reduce the load on this area and reduce pressure that could be causing or worsening your spinal stenosis symptoms.
- Continue to go out. It’s easy to give in to the temptation to stay at home where you might be more comfortable. But make the effort to continue living a normal life and you might find that it improves your outlook and helps you avoid depression.
- Meet regularly with your doctor. Your symptoms and their severity might change from day to day. Get regular checkups from your doctor to ensure that you’re doing everything possible to manage the condition and to know if there are any signs that your spinal stenosis is getting worse.
Conservative treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis
In addition to the methods above, you might want to consider conservative treatment options to minimize symptoms during your daily life. These treatments include steroid injections, pain medications, physical therapy, hot and cold therapy, anti-inflammatories and chiropractic care. In the event that you’ve tried several weeks or months of the conservative treatments above and continue to experience symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, then your doctor might recommend surgery as a last resort.
If the thought of traditional open back surgery is causing you anxiety, then consider a minimally invasive procedure from Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive outpatient surgery utilizes small incisions that reduce the risk of infection and complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ Our streamlined experience reduces hospital-associated costs and helps patients get back to their lives faster. Reach out to us for a free MRI review* to see if you are candidate for our spinal stenosis surgery.
Laser Spine Institute has performed more than 75,000 patient procedures since 2005, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Contact us for more information on the state-of-the-art surgery centers at Laser Spine Institute, our outpatient minimally invasive procedures and how we can address your lumbar spinal stenosis symptoms. We are here to help guide you on your journey to wellness.