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A 37-year-old male asked:

Please provide some do's and don'ts on dealing with spinal stenosis.

16 doctor answers23 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ignore: If nerve injury is present as a result, seek immediate consult with neurosurgeon.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Ignore: Nerve compression issues are more common in patients with spinal stenosis.
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Ignore: Exercising with a recumbent bike is much more tolerated than walking or elliptical activities.
Dr. Moshe Usadi
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Leaning forward helps. Some people get great relief from a wheeled walker.
Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 36 years experience
Ignore: Use a soft gel pad and supportive shoes (sketchers) for cooking in the kitchen.
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 34 years experience
Ignore: When walking lean forward to open the canal so that you are able to walk longer.
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Ignore: Regular walking, 3 or more days every week, 30 minutes each time, will help reduce back pain.
Dr. Kathryn Ko
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Ignore: Before surgery, try conservative options: physical therapy, spinal injections & acupuncture/.
Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Ignore: Do walk. Do stretch. Avoid over extending your back.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
Ignore: Exercise like biking or walking uphill to reduce back extension can help. OTC meds may also help.
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ignore: See an experienced spine surgeon if your symptoms(pain, weakness,etc) worsen.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Ignore: Do ask your doctor or physical therapist which stretches are OK to do.
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Walk: Walk for 15 min , 3x a week , stretch daily , lose weight ( BMI of less than 30), NSAIDs,.
Dr. John Geiser
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ignore: "Williams Flexion Exercises" may minimize symptoms & make physical activity more tolerable.
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Ignore: If you are diagnosed with neurogenic claudication from spinal stenosis, have lumbar decompression.
Dr. Tinuola Adeyanju
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 40 years experience
Ignore: Exercise your spine daily; and consciously maintain a healthy posture including using back support.

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