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Is walking a good form of exercise for people with spinal stenosis?

Is walking a good form of exercise for people with spinal stenosis?

Depends: Walking may increase spinal stenosis symptoms because the spine tends to be in a more extended position with walking. If walking causes symptoms, patients may consider biking, where the spine is more flexed. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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How can I possibly exercise with 3 pinched nerves from spinal stenosis prevents me from even walking?

Spinal stenosis: Patients with spinal stenosis typically have a condition called neurogenic claudication that prevents them from standing straight and walking long distances. Bending forward typically opens up the canal and these patients can often be found leaning against a shopping cart at the grocery store. Core strengthening exercises can help support the spine and minimize pressure on your neural elements. ...Read more

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I walk a lot; is this bad if you have spinal stenosis?

I walk a lot; is this bad if you have spinal stenosis?

No: Walking with spinal stenosis can cause pain, but nit is important to continue with regular exercise. Once the symptoms interfere with acceptable levels of activity and diminish quality of life because of pain, you may need to explore surgical options. ...Read more

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Is walking okay for spinal stenosis patients?

Is walking okay for spinal stenosis patients?

OK - but not enough: Walking is ok - (better than sitting around). Walking however does not really increase back muscle strength (no challenge to the muscles, you are not going to get a bigger biceps from walking either). To significantly strengthen the para-spinous muscles (thereby reducing strain on the spinal column), isometric exercises e.g. Swimming, bicycle, rowing machine, yoga) are preferred to just walking. ...Read more

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How can I prepare my body (I'm 68) for a long 9 hour flight and 15 days of walking tours when I have Spinal stenosis. When I overdo walking, I suffer?

How can I prepare my body  (I'm 68) for a long 9 hour flight and 15 days of walking tours when I have Spinal stenosis. When I overdo walking, I suffer?

Spinal stenosis: That is a difficult task. Lumbar spinal stenosis causes back and leg pain with walking (neurogenic claudication). Fortunately most walking tours have frequent stops to discuss what you are viewing. Take a cane that folds out into a small stool so you can sit and flex your back to decompress the pinched nerves. Do stretches in the morning and evening. Add ice to the back at night. ...Read more

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Spinal stenosis for 2 yrs. ..have developed slight bladder and bowel leakage. Lots of trouble walking. Wondering if it is worse.

Spinal stenosis for 2 yrs. ..have developed slight bladder and bowel leakage.  Lots of trouble walking.  Wondering if it is worse.

Spinal stenosis: Yes you are describing what is termed "neurogenic claudication" - this means the stenosis is getting worse. I would see a back surgeon for further evaluation ...Read more

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85 yr fem-sharp intermit pain in both thighs, occurring after sitting or walking too long. Has spinal stenosis. On warfarin-3.75MG/day Possible cause?

85 yr fem-sharp intermit pain in both thighs, occurring after sitting or walking too long. Has spinal stenosis. On warfarin-3.75MG/day Possible cause?

Physical Exam Needed: This is a complex question. A physical exam is very helpful in a case like this. I wish I could be more helpful but I want to you get the right diagnosis. Please arrange for a physical exam with a doctor. ...Read more

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I am 54 and I have a spinal stenosis of 5mm. It is becoming more difficult to use the right leg. I get cramps, major weakness, hip goes out and can hardly walk. What shouldi do?

I am 54 and I have a spinal stenosis of 5mm. It is becoming more difficult to use the right leg. I get cramps, major weakness, hip goes out and can hardly walk. What shouldi do?

Stenosis: Unfortunately, medications, manipulation and therapy may improve symptoms, however the pathology will continue to worsen. If you are having neurologic issues of weakness etc, you should be seen by a neurosurgeon or orthopedist with spinal training for eval before things worsen. ...Read more

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I Have spinal stenosis and neuropathy. Lots of numbness. Why do my legs and feet feel like they are in ice water at night? Walking is hard.

1 of the symptoms-: -is painful when walking. The usual distance you were able to walk gets shorter as time goes by. You have to stop & rest more often. The coldness can be associated with it also. I am assuming you mean the lumbar spine. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

Spinal stenosis is medical condition in which openings where nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more