Stenotic Pain

Stenotic pain is leg or back pain caused by spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the central canal or the lateral canal of the spine.

This narrowing can put pressure on your spinal cord and nerves. There are multiple reasons why your spinal canal can become narrow, including herniated discs, osteophytes and thickened ligaments—degenerative types of changes.

For stenotic pain, the exercises you do should emphasize gentle flexion and rotation of the spine to open up the canal and relieve compression on your spinal cord and nerves. Flexion activities give you more space and the rotation helps to open up the canals.

Walking should be limited to pleasure and not as an exercise. Avoid long walks, which can put pressure on your spinal nerves and cause nerve pain. Avoid sitting and standing for an extended time. Be conscious about bending too far forward or backward.

Incorporating effective body mechanics into your daily activities will help to decrease pressure on your spinal cord and nerves.