It is sad but true that most people will experience back pain in one way or another at some point in their lives. The majority of back injuries occur in the Lumbar spine located in the lower back, and the two most common causes of pain in that area are the Herniated Disc and Bulging Disc. But there is another cause of lower back pain that many people often don't consider: Spinal Stenosis. And while it may not be quite as common as herniated or bulging discs, it can still be just as painful!
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Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine. When this happens it can pinch nerves or otherwise put pressure on them and cause back pain. And the pain from spinal stenosis can be a big problem because it can be a very stubborn condition to treat. And due to that it can also be very frustrating for the people being treated for it because it may take some time before they see any results. Long term commitment and maintenance is a requirement to successfully treat spinal stenosis.
For people suffering with Spinal Stenosis, there are several things that can be done at home to relieve the pain. A combination of some or all of the following tips can help:
- Make sure to rest when moving about, and use something for support if needed. People with spinal stenosis may find some relief from their symptoms by either sitting down or leaning forward, as this increases the space for the nerves which lessens the pressure on them. This is why it can be helpful to lean on something for support, like a shopping cart when you're at the store.
- Exercise often! Just make sure to be careful with the movements being done. The activity should be done smoothly in a forward-flexed position so that there is no unnecessary straining on the back.
- Focus on strengthening your core muscles. When these muscles are strong it helps people to maintain a proper posture which helps to decrease tension, strain, and fatigue. This would include the muscles in the stomach, back, buttocks, and thighs.
- Eat more anti-inflammatory foods. Eating items that naturally contain anti-inflammatory properties can not only help with spinal stenosis, but are also good for the body as a whole. One of the best foods you can eat are fatty fish such as salmon and herring because they are rich with omega-3 fatty acids. Some other healthy foods and spices include pineapple, ginger, turmeric, olive oil, and more!
- Lose weight. It goes without saying that the less weight that the back has to carry, the less pressure will be put on the spine. Also, people who smoke should consider quitting. Smoking may cause spinal discs to wear down faster than usual.
Treating spinal stenosis may require several lifestyle changes. But once those changes become a habit, back pain may become a thing of the past!
At the Illinois Back Institute we strive to educate everyone as much as possible about their back pain and sciatica, because it is proven that the more people know about their problem the more likely they are to eliminate it!
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