How to prevent spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis is defined as the narrowing of the spinal canal and it can lead to painful symptoms if nerve compression occurs. The natural aging process is the biggest underlying cause of spinal stenosis, and unfortunately, that is something no one can stop. While there is no way to completely prevent this condition, there are many steps you can take to lessen the chance that it develops.
Degenerative conditions like spinal arthritis or a bulging disc can shrink the space that protects spinal nerves and that sometimes causes painful pinching. While you should discuss your stenosis prevention plan with your doctor, read the following article to learn about the widely accepted lifestyle choices you can make to slow the deterioration that can cause spinal stenosis.
Healthy habits for spinal stenosis prevention
The best way to slow down deterioration from aging is with a strong and healthy body. If you have good circulation, then nutrients are delivered more efficiently to the connective discs and cartilage in the spine and they won’t dry out and shrink as quickly with age. Having strong supporting muscles and maintaining a healthy weight eases the pressure placed on the spine through everyday movements like bending, lifting or twisting.
The following are some of the most effective methods to keep yourself healthy and slow down natural deterioration:
- Eat a healthy diet for weight control
- Exercise regularly, emphasizing cardiovascular fitness
- Practice good posture, with your back straight, your shoulders square and your head up
- Always use proper lifting and loading techniques
- Quit smoking, as ingredients in cigarettes constrict the blood vessels and cause many other health problems
Treatment options for spinal stenosis
A spinal stenosis prevention plan isn’t always effective and sometimes-painful symptoms can still develop. If a doctor has diagnosed you with spinal stenosis, the first step is usually a range of conservative treatments like pain medication, physical therapy, massage therapy or hot and cold compresses. This level of pain management is effective for the majority of patients, but if you are still dealing with pain after several weeks or months of treatment, surgery may then be considered.
If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery in treating your spinal stenosis symptoms. Our procedures use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques to provide a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery as well as less bleeding and a lower risk of complication.^
Since 2005, more than 75,000 patients have found relief from neck and back pain at Laser Spine Institute, where our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery. Reach out to our team today to learn more about our outpatient procedures and ask for a no-cost review* of your MRI report to determine if you are a candidate for spinal stenosis surgery.