Spinal Stenosis

ExitCare ImageSpinal stenosis is when the open spaces between the bones of your spine (vertebrae) get smaller (narrow). It is caused by bone pushing on the open spaces of your spine. This puts pressure on your spine and the nerves in your spine. You may be given medicine to lessen the puffiness (inflammation) in your nerves. Other times, surgery is needed.

HOME CARE

  • Change positions when you sit, stand, and lie. This can help take pressure off your nerves.

  • Do exercises as told by your doctor to strengthen the middle part of your body.

  • Lose weight if your doctor suggests it. This takes pressure off your spine.

  • Take all medicine as told by your doctor.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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