Canal stenosis treatments like exercise and stretching are often effective

Canal stenosis treatments usually begin conservatively with exercises, stretching, medications and other nonsurgical approaches. That’s because these types of treatments are often very effective for managing discomfort to the point that surgical intervention is not required. Stenosis, or narrowing, of the spinal canal can produce painful symptoms if spinal nerves become compressed.

If you are experiencing debilitating pain and mobility problems, it is important to seek an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. Left untreated, canal stenosis can lead to recurrent pain that inhibits function and potentially causes permanent nerve damage. For a large number of patients, exercise is an important part of an effective treatment plan that helps them maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Types of exercises for treating canal stenosis

Before beginning any type of fitness program, consult with your doctor who can recommend the best canal stenosis treatments and help you create an individualized plan. A doctor can also advise of any specific exercises that could potentially stress the spine and should be avoided.

In general, many spinal stenosis patients find the following types of exercises to be helpful for easing their symptoms:

  • Stretching. A daily course of targeted stretches can increase spinal flexibility, temporarily take pressure off compressed nerves and warm up the muscles in preparation for exercise.
  • Walking. This low-impact activity can be performed virtually anywhere, and its pace and distance are easily adjusted.
  • Swimming. Water provides a supportive, weightless environment that is excellent for performing aquatic exercises designed to strengthen the back muscles.

Considering surgical canal stenosis treatments

Sometimes, a patient’s symptoms do not respond adequately to conservative canal stenosis treatments. In these cases, surgery may be presented as a treatment option. If you have been recommended for surgery after exhausting conservative treatments, reach out to the dedicated and caring team of experts at Laser Spine Institute.

We are the leaders in minimally invasive spine surgery and have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief since 2005. By using a less than 1-inch incision and other muscle-sparing techniques we can offer patients a streamlined outpatient experience with a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open spine procedures.^

Contact us today for a no-cost review of your recent MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.