Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal Stenosis

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What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, causing pressure on the spinal cord. This can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms and legs.

Spinal stenosis occurs most often in people over age 60 who have osteoarthritis or wear-and-tear changes in the spine. It can also be caused by an injury or a tumor. In rare cases, spinal stenosis has been linked to infection of the bone around the spine (osteomyelitis).

What are the types of Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can lead to decreased blood flow and nerve compression. There are two types of spinal stenosis: cervical and lumbar.

Cervical stenosis, also known as cervical spondylosis, is a condition that affects the neck. It occurs when the bones in your neck compress or narrow the spinal cord as it passes through them, causing pain, numbness or weakness in your arms and hands.

Lumbar stenosis, also known as lumbar spinal canal narrowing or degenerative disc disease (DDD), is a condition that occurs when there is narrowing of the spinal canal between each vertebrae of your lower back. This can be caused by arthritis or injury-related wear and tear over time, but it usually occurs without any known cause.

What are the symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the space around the spinal cord becomes narrowed, causing pressure on the nerves around it. This can lead to pain and other symptoms.

  • Symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Weakness in arms or legs
  • Pain in the back, buttocks or legs
  • Difficulty walking

What are the causes of Spinal Stenosis?

There are several different causes of spinal stenosis. One cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint condition that results from poor blood flow to the joints. Some other common causes include:

  • Sclerosis (a hardening of tissue)
  • Bone spurs at the back of your neck
  • Disc herniation (a bulging or ruptured disc)

What are the risk factors for Spinal Stenosis?

The risk factors for spinal stenosis include:

  • Age—it’s more common in people over 50
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Degenerative disc disease (a condition where the spine’s discs are damaged and wear out over time)
  • Spondylolisthesis (when one vertebra slips forward onto another)

How to prevent Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the canal that protects your spinal cord becomes narrow, which can cause pain and numbness in your back. There are many ways to prevent spinal stenosis, including:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Taking care of your spine by making sure you don’t overexert yourself
  • Lifting things properly—make sure to use proper form, and don’t lift something too heavy for you
  • Keeping your weight under control, because extra weight puts strain on your spine

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What are the exercises for Spinal Stenosis?

There are a number of exercises you can do to help manage spinal stenosis. These include:

Pelvic Tilts

Pelvic tilts improve flexibility and strength in the lumbar spine, which can help reduce back pain.

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles and tilt your pelvis forward by lifting your hips off the floor until you feel a stretch in your lower back. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds, then slowly lower yourself back to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

Knee to Chest

Knee to chest is another exercise that can help ease symptoms of spinal stenosis.

Start by lying on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Pull one knee toward your chest, then hold for 5 to 10 seconds before returning it to its original position and repeating with the opposite leg. Do this 10 times with each leg every day. You should feel a stretch in your lower back during this exercise, but if it hurts or feels uncomfortable, don’t do it!

Hip Abduction

This exercise helps to strengthen your gluteus medius muscles which are located on the side of your hip. These muscles help to stabilize your hips and pelvis during walking and running.

Lie on your back with both knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor. Place a pillow under one knee so that it’s slightly lifted off the ground while keeping both hips in contact with the floor throughout this exercise (the opposite leg should be straight). Slowly lift the leg up until it’s parallel to the floor; hold for 10 seconds then lower it back down slowly until it touches the floor again before repeating this exercise 10 times for each leg.

Mobility Exercises

Mobility exercises include lunges, squats and toe touches. These exercises help to increase flexibility in your hips and lower back which will decrease pressure on your spine.

Start by sitting up straight with your back against a chair and your feet flat on the floor. Lift one leg off the floor about six inches, then slowly lower it back down until it touches again without letting your pelvis tilt forward or backward (it should stay level). Do three sets of 15 reps each day or two days per week.

What are the treatments for Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes spinal discs to dry out and become less flexible and less shock-absorbing. This can cause pain and limit your mobility, but there are several treatments available to help you manage or even get rid of the pain.

Your doctor might recommend any of the following:

  • Conservative treatment such as physical therapy and exercise
  • Epidural steroid injections that can reduce inflammation and relieve pressure on your spinal cord
  • A laminectomy (surgical removal of part of the vertebrae) to relieve pressure on the spinal cord

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What brace is used for Spinal Stenosis?

The lumbar support brace is used for spinal stenosis. It is a brace that provides support to the back and encourages the spine to remain in alignment.

This brace is helpful for those who suffer from spinal stenosis because it helps to reduce pain, reduce stress on the spine, and improve mobility.

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