Easy ways to avoid worsening your spinal stenosis symptoms
Spinal stenosis — or the narrowing of the spinal canal — can be a painful condition that limits your ability to live life to the fullest. Often caused by age-related degeneration, spinal stenosis can lead to stiffness, chronic back pain and other symptoms that radiate into the extremities. When confronted with this condition, you might wonder if there are any easy, do-it-yourself methods to reduce symptoms and increase quality of life.
Simple tips to help spinal stenosis symptoms
Although the best method of treatment depends on your specific condition, there are many ways you can help reduce spinal stenosis symptoms and allow for normal daily activities. Check with your doctor to see if any of the following methods might be helpful for your condition:
- Stretching. Loosen up your muscles to reduce tension in the body and take pressure off your spine.
- Hot/cold therapy. Alternating hot and cold compresses can reduce pain and other symptoms because the cold reduces inflammation and swelling, while the heat can increase elasticity of tissue and relax muscles.
- Pain medicine. Whether over-the-counter or prescription, medication can allow you to continue with normal daily activities with significantly reduced or eliminated symptoms. Use the minimum dosage recommended by your doctor and take only as needed.
- Clothing. Avoid tight constrictive clothing that might be putting too much pressure on your back and look into shoes with extra padding and support to provide extra stability to your spine and your body as a whole.
- Resting. Certain cases of spinal stenosis are due to inflamed or swollen ligaments. Resting can help give these structures time to recover, thereby leading to a reduction of symptoms. Rest should typically be balanced with periods of activity to avoid becoming overly sedentary, however.
Learn more about spinal stenosis treatment
For more information on spinal stenosis and to learn about minimally invasive spine surgery to treat the condition, contact Laser Spine Institute. For patients who have exhausted conservative treatment and are considering surgery, our outpatient procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ We’ll gladly provide a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.