Living With Back Pain

Exercises For Spinal Stenosis


Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the lumbar (back) or cervical (neck) spinal canal leading to compression of the nerve roots. This mainly affects middle-aged or elderly people. The causes of lower back pain by spinal stenosis are osteoarthritis or Paget's disease or by an injury that builds pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord itself. Spinal stenosis causes pain in the buttock, thighs or calves. It may also cause lower back pain and leg numbing.

Different back pain exercises as well as specific exercises for spinal stenosis are effective in controlling it. A spine specialist may encourage flexion exercises (forward bending) in treating back pain from spinal stenosis. This is why people with spinal stenosis often feel better when bending forward (such as leaning on a cane, walker or shopping cart) than while standing up straight.

Exercises for back pain are targeted at alleviating the sciatica pain caused by spinal stenosis and typically include a combination of specific stretching and strengthening exersises for spinal stenosis that focuses on back pain treatment, especially the middle back pain. Depending on which nerves are compressed, spinal stenosis may cause a loss of sensation in your arms and hands. It can also cause back and leg pain and mid back pain.

As a result, cuts or wounds may become seriously infected because you're not aware of them. In addition, spinal stenosis sometimes interferes with bowel or bladder function- a problem that can affect your quality of life quite seriously.