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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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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?

Yes: For spinal stenosis patients, walking is ok but maybe more difficult. Neurogenic claudication (buttock and leg pain/weakness) from spinal stenosis is often positional. Symptoms are typically worse when standing because the spine is extended, resulting in slightly more stenosis. Exercises where the spine is flexed, such as biking, typically lessen symptoms and may be more comfortable. ...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 was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis. Is it curable in the morning I wake up that I can hardly walk I have two jobs and in the evening when I?

Yes and no: It is a degenerative condition, and so much like an arthritic knee, it's symptoms can potentially be managed non operatively or it can be "fixed" with surgery; however not all cases of spinal stenosis have good surgical options- some do and some really don't. I would discuss the specifics of your case with a spine specialist. ...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

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Does Spinal Stenosis affect the arms as well as legs? My arms are weak and have movements I can't control, plus pain. Walking is hard sometimes.

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis may affect the arms or the legs, or both. It tend to occur in the lumbar spine and the cervical spine. These areas regulate input to the legs and arms respectively. Some people may have spinal stenosis in both regions, or either region, or the spine. ...Read more

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I have bilateral thigh pain stiffness when walking, recently I have been getting muscle spasms in my right calf. Could this be spinal stenosis?

I have bilateral thigh pain stiffness when walking, recently I have been getting muscle spasms in my right calf. Could this be spinal stenosis?

Doubtful: Unless you have congenital spinal stenosis the odds of having spinal stenosis at your age are unlikely without any prior history of lumbar problems such as spondylolisthesis. Most likely muscular but would also consider vascular claudication...Again less likely but in the differential. Could also be nutritional and from electrolyte imbalance such as potassium insufficiency. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis, balance problems and need a cane to walk? I have fallen twice, once I broke my wrist. I am now going for physical therapy (3 times) and see no results so far. Could I go for laproscopic surgergy?

I have spinal stenosis, balance problems and need a cane to walk? I have fallen twice, once I broke my wrist. I am now going for physical therapy (3 times) and see no results so far. Could I go for laproscopic surgergy?

Depends: Balance problems from cervical stenosis should be adressessed by a spine surgeon before other elective procedures not as impt if lumbar stenosis depends on where the stenosis is, two falls from balance problems from lumbar stenosis dosent sound right maybe your falls are from a foot drop? If your balance issues are from cervical stenosis therapy won't help. ...Read more

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Will exercise help spinal stenosis and how?

Perhaps: Exercise that strengthens the abdominal (tummy) muscles could reduce the curve of the low back (lordosis). This could enlarge the nerve channels slightly. This might suffice in mild cases of stenosis. Aerobic exercise in a flexed position (such as cycling) could improve overall fitness and that might improve symptoms. Exercise may be most beneficial in people with milder, less disabling symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there an exercise to reduce or relieve spinal stenosis?

Yes: Spinal stenosis symptoms arise from pressure on the spinal nerves from spinal canal narrowing. Flexion exercises of the lumbar spine may help decompress the pressure and reduce symptoms. Core and spinal extensor exercises may help build up muscles that support the spine. ...Read more

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What exercises are good for cervical spinal stenosis?

There is not a: Specific set of exercises for this other than general stretching, cardiovascular and strengthening programs to be in good general shape. ...Read more

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What are good exercises to relieve pain from lumbar spinal stenosis?

Flexion: Most exercises help but ones with your lower back in fkexion such as biking or walikng uphill or on a incline are good as are williams flexion exercises and swimming pool workouts. Core exercises are helpful like pilates. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture good for a bulged disc or spinal stenosis?

MODEST BENEFIT?: The more we learn, acupuncture seems useful for pain control, if done with expertise, but would not modify the anatomy of the pain generator. A bulged disc is unlikely to be the cause of spinal pain, and spinal stenosis may also be mostly asymptomatic initially. Best approach is to acquire a clear diagnosis and treat both cause and symptoms. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?

I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?

Not based on this: Female age unknown has age-related spine changes noted on MRI. When MRI first invented "bulging" disks thought to be pain generators. Now, surgeons realize these can be red herrings. Some studies indicate only 10% back pain disorders benefitted by surgery. U.S. leads world in unnecessary back operations. Get second opinion. First try aquatherapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, & etc. ...Read more

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Is muscle soreness in upper arms and upper thighs a part of spinal stenosis? I am not having much joint pain. 63 years of age female good health active very good range of motion stiffness after sitting

Common: Common symptoms of spinal stenosis

leg pain with walking can be caused by either arterial circulatory insufficiency or from spinal stenosis. Leg pain from either condition will go away with rest, but with spinal stenosis the patient usually has to sit down for a few minutes to ease the leg and often low back pain, whereas leg pain from vascular claudication will go away if the patient simply stops walking.

Although occasionally the leg pain and stenosis symptoms will come on suddenly, they generally develop over the course of several years. The longer a patient with spinal stenosis stands or walks, the worse the leg pain will get.

Flexing forward or sitting will open up the spinal canal and relieve the leg pain and other symptoms, but they recur if the patient gets back into an upright posture. Numbness and tingling can accompany the pain, but true weakness is a rare symptom of spinal stenosis. An older person leaning over the handle of their shopping cart while making short stumbling steps often has spinal stenosis.
Muscle soreness in upper arms could be due to cervical stenosis but there are other reasons as well, like electrolyte imbalance, side effects of medications and myopathy. Recommend seeing a specialist for final diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have lumbar spinal stenosis and have had four back surgeries. I also have nerve damage in my legs and feet. I feel extreme burning and tingling. Now they want to puta spinal cord stimulator (scs) in. Is it a good idea?

I have lumbar spinal stenosis and have had four back surgeries. I also have nerve damage in my legs and feet. I feel extreme burning and tingling. Now they want to puta spinal cord stimulator (scs) in. Is it a good idea?

Medically Sound: One cannot generalize for every patient and their own particular situation. In general, if a patient has been adequately decompressed, as you have been with 4 surgeries, and still has residual or continuing neuropathic pain they would be considered an excellent candidate for SCS at first assessment. Further spinal surgeries have not been seen to help and may in fact worsen your situation. ...Read more

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Can a soft mattress make my spinal stenosis worse?

Can a soft mattress make my spinal stenosis worse?

No: No, however, lying on your stomach may increase the arch or sway or lordosis of your lower back that could aggravate your symptoms and if thereis advanced stenosis, lying flat on your back may also do the same. Most people sleep in a fetal position on either side for relief like bending over for relief opening up the stenosis. ...Read more

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Can one get permanent disability for spinal stenosis?

Yes: One can have such a degree of spinal stenosis such that they would be disabled. There may be surgical correction to rid one of the disability. I would hope you are looking at the positive side of this and to remain not disabled. ...Read more

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Can spinal manipulation help correct severe spinal stenosis?

Correct-no: Spinal manipulation cannot correct the problem. However, chinese medicine, acupuncture, and diet changes can help improve symptoms and even reverse some of the damage over time. Research upper cervical chiropractic care as well as crainosacral therapy. As adjuncts they can help improve flow of spinal fluid and blood to the area. ...Read more

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Can diet affect my spinal stenosis?

Can diet affect my spinal stenosis?

Not really: Diet can affect a lot of things, but once you already have stenosis, diet has little or no effect with the exception that carrying extra body weight can certainly make it more symptomatic. ...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


Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A medical condition in which the openings where the 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