Can Spinal Stenosis Be Prevented?

There’s no way to prevent aging, so there’s no way to prevent spinal stenosis. But you can possibly delay it or stop its progression.

Our team of pain management experts at Empower Medical Center understands the unique nerve pain that comes from spinal stenosis and the frustration you face when it comes to treatment options. That’s why we take an interdisciplinary approach to your health care that includes regenerative medicine

There’s no singular cause of spinal stenosis, the narrowing of your spinal cord and the consequential compression of your nerves. And every person responds differently to treatments. 

Here’s what you should know about spinal stenosis.

Almost everybody gets it

Because spinal stenosis is largely caused by wear-and-tear over time, anyone who ages is susceptible to it — and that’s everybody. But that doesn’t mean everyone will get it. Certain people are at higher risk for spinal stenosis than others, including those who:

Even if you don’t have one of these conditions, everyone’s spine undergoes at least some degree of degeneration over the years and ends up with at least a touch of osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. So what can you do?

Give spinal stenosis a run for its money

Although you can’t completely prevent spinal stenosis, you can help delay its onset and slow down its progression. You can start by keeping your body in motion.

Your body was meant to move, not sit at a desk. You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to build a healthy body, you just need to keep moving. Keeping the muscles and ligaments that stabilize your spine strong and healthy helps avoid excess stress on the discs and facet joints in your spine, which can lead to spinal stenosis.

As long as there’s no medical reason not to, make sure you engage in a regular exercise routine that includes cardiovascular activities, as well as exercise that increases your flexibility and range of motion. 

Strengthening your core muscles (your abs, pelvis, back, and hips) can also help stave off spinal stenosis for a while, as can maintaining proper posture. Adding a healthy diet to your workouts can also help keep your weight down — another spinal stenosis culprit.

How regenerative medicine may help

The inevitable wear-and-tear that comes with aging is exacerbated by loose, atrophied muscles and ligaments that allow your vertebrae to move around too much. Your vertebrae are designed to be held in place by a sturdy musculoskeletal structure. When that structure becomes lax, you end up with bones pressing on nerves and inflammation that increases your pain. 

In some cases of spinal stenosis, we can relieve your pain with physical therapy or chiropractic care. And there are some cases where surgery is really the best option. But there’s another treatment that might alleviate the problem without surgery — regenerative medicine.

In this procedure, our team uses amniotic cells that are purified and concentrated. They inject these cells into the area where you have spinal stenosis. The cells release growth factors that get to work healing your tissues and strengthening your ligaments.

If your spinal stenosis is caused by ligaments and tendons in your spine that hypertrophied (enlarged) and became dysfunctional, regenerative medicine may heal and tighten them. This could open up that critical space in your spinal column and alleviate your spinal stenosis.

Can spinal stenosis be prevented? Not entirely, but lifestyle changes and regenerative medicine can help eliminate some of the causes, or at least keep them at bay for a while. If you want to preempt spinal stenosis, give us a call or request an appointment online.

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