Three exercises you should avoid if you’ve been diagnosed with spinal narrowing

If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal narrowing, it’s important that you try to avoid any movements or activities that could put added stress on your spine. Also known as spinal stenosis, this common condition often afflicts individuals ages 50 and older and is most often caused by years of wear and tear on the spine through daily movement. If a part of the spinal anatomy begins to break down and extends beyond its usual boundaries and into the spinal canal, spinal narrowing is the result. This, on its own, doesn’t always cause symptoms. However, if the narrowing causes a spinal nerve root or the spinal cord to be pinched or placed under pressure, symptoms such as muscle weakness, numbness, tingling and radiating pain can develop.

Stay away from these exercises if you have spinal narrowing

There are many exercises that you should steer clear of following a spinal narrowing diagnosis. Some examples include:

  • Heavy lifting. Anything that further compresses the spine, such as lifting weights over your head, should be avoided.
  • Jogging. High-impact exercises like running or jogging create jarring motions that can aggravate an already inflamed area of the spine. Walking or using elliptical machines are good alternatives.
  • Bending and twisting. Put your golf game on hold for a while, as twisting motions can further irritate your spine.

However, there are many types of exercise that are an important part of a potential treatment plan for spinal narrowing. Your physician will likely recommend exercises that can strengthen the core muscles supporting the spine without causing undue stress. Other nonsurgical treatment methods include periods of rest, corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and hot/cold therapy. Losing excess weight is also recommended to avoid putting extra strain on your spine.

Spinal narrowing treatment through surgery

A large majority of individuals experiencing symptoms of spinal narrowing are able to find relief and return to normal activity after several weeks or months of conservative treatment. In more severe cases where the symptoms worsen with time, surgery may have to be considered. At Laser Spine Institute, our skilled surgeons have helped more than 75,000 patients get back to their active lives. If you would like to learn more about our outpatient procedures and find out if surgery is a viable option for you, contact Laser Spine Institute today.