Lose extra weight, which not only can relieve symptoms but also can slow progression of
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
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
Be sure to talk with your doctor before
you start home treatment.
Injecting medicines to reduce back pain and inflammation is helpful for some people. The injections usually consist of a steroid and a numbing medicine.
However, it's important to keep in mind that not everyone gets the same relief.
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.
low-heeled shoes that fit well.
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March 12, 2014
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