Spinal stenosis, lumbar

  • Narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Symptoms may include numbness, weakness or pain in the back, legs and feet
  • Cause may be due to heredity or as part of the aging process
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild with few symptoms to severe and debilitating
  • Not life threatening

  • Exercise regularly, especially using a stationary bike or walking
  • If symptoms are bad, rest until they have eased up, then continue with your exercise routine
  • Maintain a healthy weight

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

 

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