What’s causing your spinal stenosis?
One of the most common spine issues treated at Laser Spine Institute is spinal stenosis. As with most problems, it’s better to prevent spinal stenosis rather than to address it once the damage is in process. Read on to discuss the most common causes of spinal stenosis, and what you can do now to avoid it.
Defined – Stenosis, from the Greek, essentially means a narrowing or closing-in of a particular opening. In this case, the space between vertebrae and your spinal cord may decrease. The narrowing can lead to pain of different types, depending on what part of the spine is affected and what causes the narrowing such as discs or joints in the spine beginning to deteriorate or ligaments beginning to thicken.
Causes – For some individuals, spinal stenosis can be linked to genetic predispositions. For others, lifestyle and aging contribute to the development of stenosis over time.
Degeneration – To minimize the negative effects of aging, do what you can to promote your general health. Eat wholesome foods, exercise no less than 3 or 4 times a week, and drink plenty of water. Making these choices into habits will promote the healing functions of your body and help maximize overall health.
Arthritis – Most specifically, osteoarthritis is a huge contributing cause to the development of spinal stenosis. While there is no black-and-white preventive key to arthritis, doctors have identified some connections. Obesity and poor nutrition can contribute to inflammation and over-stress of the joints. Likewise, a sedentary lifestyle allows muscles to atrophy and joints to become stiffer. “Objects in motion stay in motion” – this rule applies to your joints as well!
Poor lifting – Lifting things properly is the mantra of back specialists, but it truly makes all the difference. One poor movement may not cause any harm, but improperly picking up laundry, loading a dishwasher, or holding young children can lead to damage over time. When lifting, push through your legs and keep your back straight. Once you practice proper techniques for a few weeks, they will become habit.
Some of these suggestions may come too late, and you could find yourself already suffering from the pain of spinal stenosis. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to see if one of our minimally invasive procedures could help you find pain relief.