Jan 25, 2018 by Alan White
If your mother or father has spinal stenosis, their aching back or neck may bother them on a daily basis. This can prevent them from getting exercise, doing chores, or preparing healthy food. At times like these, we recommend working with home health care companies for support services. When the pain begins, it often feels like a strain or overworked muscles. Over time it gets worse as the spinal cord starts to narrow.
Spinal stenosis is commonly caused by osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Home health care companies suggest that a low impact exercise program and a well-balanced nutritional program are essential to reducing pain and inflammation. You may think that exercise exacerbates osteoarthritis, but it turns out that exercise is one of the most effective non-drug treatments for reducing pain. If your loved one is not eating properly or has resorted to becoming a couch potato, their pain can continue to grow worse, and a lack of exercise can increase the chance of additional injury… which leads to a vicious cycle of less activity and more pain.
There are many ways to handle spinal stenosis, ranging from daily medications to surgery. Your loved one’s doctor may prescribe pain relievers, antidepressants, or possible anti-seizure medications to reduce the pain caused by spinal stenosis. Steroid injections may be used to relieve pain instead, but those can only be given a few times each year because they lead to weaker tissue & bones.
If other treatments don’t work or your loved one’s pain is too great, they may need spinal surgery. There are several kinds of surgeries involved here (depending on where your loved one feels pain), but they all revolve around removing some tissue in the spine or otherwise adding space. This reduces pressure on the nerves, which leads to less pain.
If your loved one needs assistance around the house, Comfort Keepers home health care companies are happy to help. Reach out to one of our representatives today!