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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Prevention

You can't always prevent changes in your back that may come with aging. But you may be able to limit spinal stenosis symptoms by keeping your back as healthy as possible:

  • Get regular exercise, including flexibility stretches.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Have good posture.
  • Don't smoke. Smoking has been linked to back pain and disc problems. It decreases your bone density and increases your risk of fracture and bone deterioration. Also, smoking can make it harder for the bone to heal after a spinal fusion.
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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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