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What exercises should I avoid if I have spinal stenosis?

Patients with severe spinal stenosis should avoid any heavy lifting or twisting. Low impact exercises like walking, swimming and elliptical training are great for all patients.
Avoid prolonged walking which might exacerbate your symptoms. Your body will often be your guide as numbness, weakness or neck or back pain may develop. Also avoid high impact aerobics or jogging which involves a strong force on the axial skelaton. Too much hyperextension of the neck or back (i.e. back bends) will likely also exacerbate symptoms. Another example of this would be bringing the head back to serve a volleyball or tennisball when you have cervical stenosis.

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