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Can driving in the car make my spinal stenosis pain act up?
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Dr. Foead Geula
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: it might
Some patients with lumbar spinal stenosis experience worse pain with sitting and driving.

In brief: it might
Some patients with lumbar spinal stenosis experience worse pain with sitting and driving.
Dr. Foead Geula
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not back but neck
It may make the discogenic or degenerative/arthritic pain worse in the back but your spinal canal is opened more in a sitting position while in the neck keeping your neck upright or slightly extended keeps the stenosis unchanged or worse unless neck is tucked or flexed forward in addition to aggravating any arthritic changes.
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In brief: Not back but neck
It may make the discogenic or degenerative/arthritic pain worse in the back but your spinal canal is opened more in a sitting position while in the neck keeping your neck upright or slightly extended keeps the stenosis unchanged or worse unless neck is tucked or flexed forward in addition to aggravating any arthritic changes.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
I suppose long trips in a car due to the lack of ability to move about would make any spinal condition flare up.
However, with spinal stenosis, a slight flexion in the back (such as leaning forward on the steering wheel like leaning forward on a shopping cart usually gives the spinal canal a little more room and is much more comfortable than extending the spine or staning upright. Dr. J.

In brief: Yes
I suppose long trips in a car due to the lack of ability to move about would make any spinal condition flare up.
However, with spinal stenosis, a slight flexion in the back (such as leaning forward on the steering wheel like leaning forward on a shopping cart usually gives the spinal canal a little more room and is much more comfortable than extending the spine or staning upright. Dr. J.
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones
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Dr. Mehul Desai
Pain Management
In brief: Unlikely
Depends on your symptoms but more likely the period of immobility associated with being in the car results in pain once you get out of the car.

In brief: Unlikely
Depends on your symptoms but more likely the period of immobility associated with being in the car results in pain once you get out of the car.
Dr. Mehul Desai
Dr. Mehul Desai
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