Our body’s way of informing us that something is wrong is through pain. When back pain occurs our first instinct is to get some rest and use painkillers to reduce the ache somehow. For any musculoskeletal disorders, being physically active is highly recommended. Spinal stenosis is one of the spine-related conditions which occurs when the spine begins to narrow. This ultimately puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. People suffering should avoid certain exercises for spinal stenosis. This is why one should know that inflammation, pain, or other neurological symptoms might get worse. Several factors can lead to the narrowing of the spinal column. These can include injuries, and inflammation in discs and ligaments, therefore, compressing the nerves.
Living with spinal stenosis comes with several symptoms including:
- Trouble walking
- Numbness and weakness in legs
- Lower back pain
- Pain worsens when standing for an excessive time
Spinal Stenosis Exercises & Activities to Avoid:
What can make spinal stenosis worse? Some of the activities or exercises for spinal stenosis to avoid include the following (but are not limited to):
– Excessive Back Extension:
Standing back stretches or extensions are one of the most common stretches people opt for after sitting for prolonged periods of time. Back extension(s) is the stretch that involves standing up straight, placing your hands on your hips, and leaning backward (as far as possible). This type of stretch helps the spinal cord but, in most cases, it can result in symptoms like pain.
Try avoiding back extension exercises in order to avoid symptoms like numbness or more pain.
– Long walks or runs:
Running is one of the high-impact exercises causing a repetitive impact on the spine. This can lead to worsened back pain and other spinal stenosis symptoms. Moreover, long walks can also cause a stain on the leg or back muscles. Taking long walks over long distances can also exacerbate back pain. Instead, try short walks with increasing the pace in a modest manner.
– Prolonged bed rest:
Laying down on a bed with back pain is tempting, however, too much rest can put further strain. Staying physically active may help in reducing pain and improving quality of life.
– Certain contact sports:
Being physically active is good but avoid exercises or sports with sudden impact/contact. These sports might include, football, martial arts, soccer, etc. Sports like these are some examples where healthy physical activity can cause a sudden tear.
When to seek medical attention?
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