What outdoor activities can I participate in with spinal stenosis?

When living with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, it might seem like you can’t do anything without exacerbating your condition, including simply enjoying the outdoors. However, there are many outdoor activities described in the following article that you can partake in without making your condition worse.

Options for outdoor activities

Spinal stenosis can result in debilitating symptoms such as back pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in your legs, so it may be difficult to engage in certain types of physical activity. While the extent of your activity should be based exclusively on your particular condition, and you should always check with your doctor before trying new exercises, some less-intense options include:

  • Walking. Whether you were an avid runner prior to your spinal stenosis and want a way to maintain fitness, or you just want to get some low-impact exercise, taking a long walk outside can be an exceptionally fun way to enjoy nature and stay healthy without hurting yourself.
  • Picnicking. Eating outside is a great way to spend time outside when the weather is nice. Spread a blanket in a local park or take advantage of picnic tables. You don’t have to make a giant meal, either. Some sandwiches, fruit and water make a satisfying and lightweight treat.
  • Gardening. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you might be able to do some light gardening but stick to activities like planting small flowers and pruning small branches rather than any heavy lifting or physically intense tasks to avoid aggravating your condition.
  • Reading. Whether in a hammock, lawn chair or lounge, reading is a perfect activity for those with spinal stenosis because it allows you to enjoy fresh air without the risk of overexerting yourself.

Minimally invasive treatments for spinal stenosis

If your spinal stenosis symptoms intensify and you are no longer able to perform outdoor activities even after undergoing conservative therapy, it may be time to seek a more permanent solution. If this is the case for you, reach out to Laser Spine Institute and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. For more minimally intensive activities that can be enjoyed outside, details about treatment for spinal stenosis and information on the minimally invasive spine procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute, contact us.

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