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    Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Home Treatment

    You can take steps to treat lumbar spinal stenosis symptoms at home:

    • Learn about stenosis and about how to relieve symptoms.
    • Taking medicines, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen, to relieve pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
    • Lose extra weight, which not only can relieve symptoms but also can slow progression of the stenosis.
    • Exercise. Aerobic exercise as well as stretching and strengthening exercises for the lower back and stomach muscles can relieve symptoms and improve muscle strength, especially when done 4 or 5 times a week. The most helpful aerobic exercises include riding a stationary bike (with the spine flexed in a forward position) and walking on a treadmill with an incline.
    • Restrict activities that make your symptoms worse. Depending on the severity and location of your stenosis, these activities might include walking (especially walking downhill) and standing for a length of time.

    Be sure to talk with your doctor before you start home treatment.

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    Prevent falls

    Pain and numbness in your legs can increase your risk of losing your balance. Falling can make symptoms worse. Take steps to lower your risk of falling:

    • Limit your use of alcohol and sedative medicines, including flurazepam (Dalmane) and diazepam (such as Valium). They cause drowsiness and dizziness.
    • Remove household hazards: slippery floors, poor lighting, electrical cords, cluttered walkways, and throw rugs.
    • Take medicines only as directed by your doctor. Review medicines regularly with your primary care doctor, especially if you have more than one doctor prescribing them. Medicines like sleeping pills and pain relievers may increase your risk for falling.
    • Wear low-heeled shoes that fit well.

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