Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis means the space around your spinal cord and nerve roots is too narrow. The bones around your spinal cord pinch your spinal cord nerves. This pinching causes pain in the back and legs. Your doctor might give you medicines to help. In some cases, surgery is needed.

HOME CARE

  • Do exercises and stretches as told by your doctor. Lean forward while walking. Lie down and bring your knees up to your chest.

  • Rest, and then slowly go back to your activity.

  • Do aerobic activities, such as walking, biking, and swimming, as told by your doctor. Try to increase your amount of activity over time.

  • Lose weight if your doctor recommends it. This reduces the load on your spine.

  • Apply warm or cold packs for pain as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain comes back more and more often.

  • You have pain that goes down your leg, even when you are not standing or walking.

  • You cannot control when you pee (urinate) or poop (bowel movement).

  • You lose feeling (numbness) in your legs and it does not come back.

  • You cannot move your legs.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.