Spinal Stenosis in My Lower Back – Can I Still Do My Daily Workout?

Spinal Stenosis and ExerciseNot only can you exercise if you are diagnosed with spinal stenosis in the lower back – you absolutely should continue, as much as you are able, to maintain your daily workout regimen. The pain, tingling, numbness, and/or muscle weakness sometimes associated with stenosis, or a narrowing, of the spinal canal often can be combated more effectively by staying active than by getting off your feet for an extended period of time. In fact, prolonged rest, or a sedentary lifestyle, is one of the key risk factors for the development of spinal stenosis and other degenerative spine conditions.  Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis in My Lower Back – Can I Still Do My Daily Workout?” »

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Alternative Treatments for Spinal Stenosis in the Neck

Alternative Treatments for Spinal StenosisSpinal stenosis in the neck (or cervical) region can produce pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness and spasms in the neck, shoulders, upper back, arms, hands, and fingers. It also can cause recurring headaches. This stenosis, or narrowing, of the spinal canal results in symptoms when nerves in the area become compressed or “pinched.” The symptoms are typically treated using a targeted regimen of conservative methods. These methods can include pain medication, exercises, stretching, and corticosteroid injections. Continue reading “Alternative Treatments for Spinal Stenosis in the Neck” »

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Four Stretching Exercises to Help Manage Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosisIf you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, one of the most effective conservative treatment methods available is stretching. In fact, depending on the cause of the narrowing within your spinal canal, a stretching and exercise regimen coordinated by a doctor or physical therapist might be all you need to alleviate debilitating back or neck pain associated with nerve compression caused by spinal stenosis. However, it’s important to always consult a physician or licensed therapist before attempting a new exercise or stretching regimen, especially if you suffer from the pain, tingling, numbness, and/or muscle weakness and spasms caused by spinal nerve compression. Continue reading “Four Stretching Exercises to Help Manage Spinal Stenosis” »

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Bone-Destroying Anti-NGF Drugs for Spinal Stenosis? Why the FDA has given go-ahead for further testing.

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How anti-NGF drugs may reduce lower back pain.

The US Food and Drug Administration has agreed that three pharmaceutical giants can resume their clinical trials into anti-nerve growth factor drugs (NGFs) in spite of serious adverse effects found in the early stages of current studies. The drugs, which could be used to treat refractory spinal stenosis pain and lower back pain, amongst other things, were considered to have higher potential benefits than risks by those on the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee. Janssen, Pfizer, and Regeneron can resume their trials immediately despite patients in early research experiencing joint destruction and osteonecrosis. Continue reading “Bone-Destroying Anti-NGF Drugs for Spinal Stenosis? Why the FDA has given go-ahead for further testing.” »