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Doctor insights on: Spinal Stenosis Exercise Machines

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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

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Will exercise help spinal stenosis and how?

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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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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What do you do for spinal stenosis?

What do you do for spinal stenosis?

Many options: Spinal stenosis can be treated conservatively with physical therapy and lumbar epidural steroid injections. Your spine specialist can thoroughly evaluate you and help coordinate conservative care if appropriate. Surgery is usually helpful if all else fails. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Are there shots for spinal stenosis?

Not effective: Spinal stenosis is an anatomical narrowing of the vertebral canal, and shots do not widen the area. Am singularly unimpressed by injections to treat this condition, and find exercise and/or surgery to be far superior. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of spinal stenosis?

What are symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Multiple: There are multiple symptoms with spinal stenosis.
Pain radiating down the leg (s) -radiculopathy - usually worse with extension of the back, weakness, and numbness are some of the commonly seen symptoms. ...Read more

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What medications for spinal stenosis?

What medications for spinal stenosis?

Few option: If you want to fight both your pain and inflammation, you may consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). These products relieve pain and also reduce inflammation and swelling. Nsaids include aspirin, Ibuprofen (advil (ibuprofen) or motrin), indomethacin, and naproxen.Some times we use steroids as epidural blocl or oraly. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spinal stenosis?

Imaging: The most accurate test is a ct scan for assessing the size of the spinal canal to determine if it fits the criteria for spinl stenosis followed by a mri. However, one has to have the clinical symptoms and/or findings to make a clinical diagnosis of spinal stenosis since a lot of people with positive imaging findings have no clinical symptoms or findings ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis and who gets it?

Narrowing: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing or "pinching" of the nerve canal. The most common type of which is degenerative spinal stenosis, which is an arthritic aging irises and as such gets more and more common the older a person gets. ...Read more

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What is it like getting a spinal stenosis?

Varies: Some cars are quite mild. At its worst, patients with spinal stenosis can have severe pain, be extremely limited in their ability to stand or walk, and can even potentially lose control of their bowel and bladder. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to die from spinal stenosis?

Is it possible for you to die from spinal stenosis?

No: Rarely, an elderly patient may have intra-operative or post-operative complications that can be life threatening. Spinal stenosis itself is not life threatening. Check out spine-health. Com. ...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

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How should I treat back spinal stenosis?

How should I treat back spinal stenosis?

Decompression: Spinal stenosis only matters if it is severe enough to compress the spinal cord or nerve roots. If there is no spinal cord or nerve root compression, then the stenosis is irrelevant. There are open and minimally invasive ways to decompress the spinal canal. Be sure to go to someone like me who is trained and experienced in every spinal procedure for stenosis, not just a subset of them. ...Read more

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Can heat help with spinal stenosis pain?

Can heat help with spinal stenosis pain?

Maybe if muscles hur: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online). ...Read more

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Can congenital spinal stenosis be fixed?

Yes: Congenital stenosis may not cause any symptoms, may respond it terms of symptom relief to epidural steroids and can only be structurally fixed by surgery, typically laminectomy. ...Read more

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Does only surgery help ls spinal stenosis?

No: No, there are many good non operative treatments available. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis and ddd pain. Help!?

I have spinal stenosis and ddd pain. Help!?

Depends: Depends on how severe the stenosis is. If moderate to severe, and you have failed conservative treatments such as pain management and physical therapy, you may want to discuss your options with a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfuction?

Can spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfuction?

Yes: Any compromise of the spinal cord can affect the nerves responsible for erections. ...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


Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more