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Living with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Learn More about the Condition, and Your Treatment Options

If you have pain in your lower back that shoots down your legs, it could come from lumbar spinal stenosis. Does your pain worsen when you stand, lean, or walk? This debilitating condition results as a natural part of aging for some people. It’s caused by the narrowing of your lower spinal column, which can cause spinal structures to rub together painfully.

At Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic, you can receive diagnosis and treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis. Additionally, there are many ways to slow down the deterioration of your spine, discussed below.

Is Spinal Stenosis a Form of Arthritis?

Arthritis can lead to spinal stenosis. However, there are other causes such as spinal surgery, injury, and spinal infections. Also, lumbar spinal stenosis occurs most often in those over age 60.

Exercising and eating right can help you maintain healthy bones and muscles that slow down the natural degeneration of your spine.

What Foods Are Good for Spinal Stenosis?

Eating a variety of healthy foods may diminish discomfort that accompanies lumbar spinal stenosis. Eat as many plant-based proteins and vegetables as you can.

Here are foods that may help you build a healthier spine and body:

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Dairy Products
  • Salmon
  • Avocados
  • Herbs and Spices

Best Way to Sit with Spinal Stenosis?

Unfortunately, lumbar spinal stenosis can make it difficult to sit comfortably. Here are some tips to help you stay comfortable while seated:

  • Avoid leaning forward.
  • Choose furniture with an S-curve to support the low back.
  • Place your feet firmly on the ground for support.

What Exercise is Best for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Check with your doctor before beginning a daily exercise routine to alleviate lumbar spinal stenosis. Standing lumbar flexion can help you stretch out your spine and potentially remain more limber. Here’s how you can do this exercise at home:

  1. Stand with your feet flat and 12 to 18 inches apart (adjust for your comfort).
  2. Slowly bend forward.
  3. Reach toward the floor, stretching gently.

Walking can help keep the low spine limber and strengthen the muscles in the area. However, if walking triggers intense pain, discuss your best options with your doctor.

Can You Fix Spinal Stenosis without Surgery?

Eating right and exercising are just part of the solution for treating lumbar spinal stenosis. You may receive a prescription for anti-inflammatory drugs to help relieve nerve root and spinal joint inflammation. Additionally, you may need prescriptions for corticosteroids or other medications.

Dr. Lewis is a highly skilled neurosurgeon who provides both nonsurgical and surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis. If necessary, Dr. Lewis can perform a number of minimally invasive spinal procedures to help you manage your condition.

Contact us today to learn about lumbar spinal stenosis. We’ll find a solution that works for you.