What Activities Should be Avoided with Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Cervical Stenosis

Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spinal canal in the neck narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. This can cause pain, weakness, and numbness in the arms, legs, and torso. If you have cervical spinal stenosis, there are several things you should avoid to prevent further damage or aggravation of your symptoms. Some of these include:

  • High-impact activities: Activities that involve high-impact, such as jumping, running, or contact sports, should be avoided as they can cause further injury to the spine.
  • Heavy lifting: Heavy lifting can put a lot of stress on your spine and exacerbate your symptoms. It’s important to avoid lifting heavy objects or straining your neck.
  • Poor posture: Poor posture can put pressure on your spine and contribute to cervical spinal stenosis. Try to maintain good posture throughout the day, especially when sitting at a desk or using electronic devices.
  • Repetitive motions: Repetitive motions such as typing, using a mouse, or texting can also contribute to cervical spinal stenosis. Take frequent breaks and stretch your neck and shoulders to prevent further damage.
  • Smoking: Smoking can increase inflammation and reduce blood flow to the spinal cord, exacerbating symptoms and delaying healing.
  • Alcohol consumption: Excessive alcohol consumption can cause dehydration and reduce the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which is important for bone health.
  • Prolonged periods of inactivity: Prolonged periods of inactivity can weaken the muscles that support the spine, making symptoms worse. It’s important to stay active and engage in low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, or yoga.

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