Canal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine that can be caused by several different degenerative spine conditions. Construction workers and other individuals who work in physically demanding jobs may be more susceptible to developing canal stenosis or other spinal conditions that cause neck or back pain. If you’re already dealing with back pain and other symptoms of spinal stenosis, it’s important to learn how to protect your spine to minimize your symptoms and prevent further damage.
Protecting the spine while on the job
Construction workers often do a lot of lifting, bending and twisting while on the job. Here are three tips that can help keep your spine healthy when you have canal stenosis and work in a physically demanding job:
- Learn proper lifting techniques. If you regularly lift heavy objects, learn how to do so safely. Proper technique involves bending from the knees and tightening the abdominal muscles to prevent lower back strain. Bending and twisting motions should also be done carefully to protect the spine.
- Stretch ahead of time. Warming up before heading to work can help reduce the likelihood of an injury. This may involve stretching on your own, taking a class such as yoga, or consulting with a physical therapist to learn more targeted stretching techniques based on your needs.
- Consider using back support. Wearing a support belt may help provide stability to the spine and abdominal area while reducing pain and other symptoms of canal stenosis. Make sure to wear the belt properly and follow the advice of your physician to prevent injury.
If you have any concerns about spinal stenosis and how it may be affecting your ability to do your job, it’s best to consult with a physician for personalized advice about your condition and treatment options.
Canal stenosis treatment at USA Spine Care
For individuals with canal stenosis that is interfering with their ability to work or carry out regular routines, surgery may need to be considered as a treatment option. At USA Spine Care, our minimally invasive procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ If you’re dealing with symptoms of canal stenosis and would like to find out if you’re a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures, contact USA Spine Care today.