Spinal stenosis — simple lifestyle changes to help prevent spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis — the narrowing of the spinal canal — is most commonly caused by natural degeneration of the spine due to aging. Because the most common cause of spinal stenosis is natural, there are some steps you can take earlier in life to help prevent the occurrence of spinal stenosis in your spine.
In fact, the following prevention steps not only help you to decrease your chances of having spinal stenosis, but they also help you to decrease your chances of many other spine conditions. Having a healthy spine and strong surrounding muscles plays a big part in preventing spine conditions from diminishing your quality of life.
Tips to prevent spinal stenosis
The main cause of spinal stenosis is the general wear and tear of the spine due to the natural aging process. As the spinal components deteriorate, vertebrae and discs can become misaligned or bulge, all of which contribute to the narrowing of the spinal canal.
The following habits will help you keep your spine healthy and prevent spinal stenosis:
- Exercise regularly — One of the main reasons why components of the spine deteriorate is that the spine supports the weight of the body. Exercise will help keep your body at a healthy weight so your spine is not under additional stress. Exercise will also strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine to help keep everything in place and help support the weight of the body.
- Practice good body mechanics — Use proper lifting techniques when attempting to pick up heavy objects to avoid unnecessary strain on your spine. Additionally, practice good poster when sitting, standing, and sleeping to prevent improper compression of the discs or ligaments in your spine.
- Stretch daily — Stretching helps to build flexibility in your spine and it strengthens the ligaments in between your vertebrae. Strong ligaments have a lower chance of developing a degenerative disease and contributing to spinal stenosis.
Practice these habits daily to help prevent spinal stenosis and other spine conditions.
Treatments available for spinal stenosis
The unfortunate truth is that sometimes, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, spinal stenosis develops and you are faced with finding a treatment option for your chronic pain. There are several effective treatment options for spinal stenosis ranging from conservative treatment to surgical treatment.
If you start experiencing spinal stenosis symptoms, like local and radiating pain, contact your physician for a professional diagnosis. You can also contact Laser Spine Institute to receive a no-cost MRI review* and we will determine your candidacy for one of our minimally invasive treatment options.