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.
A few simple tips
Although the best method of treatment depends on your specific condition, there are many non-surgical ways you can help reduce spinal stenosis symptoms and allow for normal daily activities. Check with your physician to see if any of the following tips might be helpful for your condition:
- Stretching – Loosen up your muscles to reduce tension in the body and increase space in your narrowed spinal canal.
- 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 medicines – Whether over-the-counter or prescription, pain medication can allow you to continue with normal daily activities with significantly reduced or eliminated symptoms.
- Clothing – Avoid tight, constricted 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. In fact, the best remedy for some spinal stenosis cases is simple rest.
For more information on spinal stenosis, tips to avoid worsening symptoms and to learn about minimally invasive spinal procedures to treat the condition, contact Laser Spine Institute. We’ll gladly provide a review of your MRI or CT scan to determine if our minimally invasive procedures are right for you.