Lumbar spinal stenosis
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 monumental tasks, 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 spinal canal’s narrowing. However, there are many things you can do to avoid aggravating the symptoms so you can live a more comfortable, normal life.
A few tips
- Rest — Don’t push yourself; be proactive about taking breaks during your day. By resting before you absolutely have to, you can avoid painful flare-ups and prolong the total amount of time you can spend up and about.
- 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 physician before trying any new exercise program.
- Lose weight — The lumbar back supports the bulk of the body’s weight, so by getting rid of extra 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 into 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 physician — Your symptoms and their severity might change from day to day. Get regular checkups from your physician 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
- Physical therapy
- Ice/heat therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
- Chiropractic care
If you’ve tried all the conservative treatment options above and continue to experience symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, then your physician might recommend surgery as a last resort. If the thought of traditional open back surgery causes apprehension, then consider a minimally invasive procedure from Laser Spine Institute as an alternative. Our minimally invasive outpatient procedures utilize small incisions that reduce the risk of infection and other postoperative complications, and our streamlined experience eliminates hospital-associated costs and helps patients get back to their lives faster.
Contact us for more information on Laser Spine Institute, our outpatient minimally invasive procedures and how we can address your lumbar spinal stenosis. Call today to submit your most recent MRI for review to see if you are candidate for our surgery.