Avoiding lumbar spine stenosis

Lumbar spine stenosis is a common source of lower back pain that is frequently attributed to the regular aging process. As we age, our spinal anatomy begins to gradually deteriorate, resulting in a loss of mobility and regular aches and pangs. Spinal stenosis refers to a condition where the spinal cord becomes compressed by herniated discs, muscle inflammation, bone spurs and other outside influences that gradually narrow the spinal canal. While a certain degree of this deterioration is unavoidable, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the severity of lumbar spinal stenosis and help maintain the quality of life you’ve come to expect.

Prevention

Lumbar spine stenosis prevention techniques include:

  • Exercise regularly – performing low-impact strengthening exercises is an effective way to increase neck and back muscle mass and reduce the risk of injury or muscle inflammation as we get older. Strengthening the back with targeted exercises can also reduce the severity of a back injury and prevent the likelihood of re-injury.
  • Stretch Properly – like exercising, properly stretching is a great way to increase the flexibility of the back and reduce the chance of muscle strain. Yoga and Pilates are great examples of proven-effective stretching techniques.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – being overweight or obese increases the strain put on the neck and back and greatly increases the chances of stenosis and other back problems. Eating right and staying fit, on the other hand, helps maintain a healthy back.
  • Limit smoking and alcohol consumption – smoking decreases bone density, and excessive drinking can lead to dizziness and painful falls.
  • Maintain a proper posture – walking upright is important for reducing the stress placed on the spine every day.

Treatment

To learn more about lumbar spine stenosis, prevention techniques and minimally invasive surgery options, contact Laser Spine Institute. There is no cost for an MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures.

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