by Dr. Rick Morris
It’s not an exaggeration to say that I thought I would be wheelchair bound and would never be back on my feet the rest of my life. The pain in my right leg was that severe… When I walked a little, the pain in the back of my thigh down to the outside of my right calf to ankle got so severe, I had to stop, sit down, and wait until the pain subsided. The distance between the rests got shorter and shorter to finally down to 10 steps…. He (Dr. Morris) gave me a through examination, asked me a hundred questions, and instructed me to have an MRI taken to confirm his diagnosis. MRI confirmed my condition (Spinal Stenosis)…. A little over 3 months later, I’m writing this to let the world know that my pain level is a humble 1 out of 10! (10 is the most severe) When I first met Dr. Morris, my pain level was easily over 8.
…I can walk with my friends in a shopping mall, do grocery shopping, and will be back in my dance class soon. I’m on a daily exercise program to keep my back correct and strong. All these were unimaginable 3 months ago. If anyone is in the same condition as I was then, I know how it feels and I am very fortunate that I met Dr. Morris and his great team of professionals… Thank you and hope there will be more patients like myself who find you and your incredible practice.
Editor’s Note: Yuriko has been with little or no pain for over 2 years and is back to all her normal activities. Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the canal, which houses your spinal cord and nerves. It causes pain, numbness and muscle weakness to your arms and/or legs. Although, the problem may start gradually, it nearly always increases in severity. The effect can be crippling as walking, standing and even using your arms are become a challenge.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
It can be caused in several ways:
The list goes on, but the results are the same—the spinal canal is narrowed, compressing the spinal cord and the nerves within it. It should be obvious; the best solution for your Spinal Stenosis depends on its cause. Unfortunately, most doctors treat it as if the cause was irrelevant. Their solutions are usually the same for all--pain management (with medications and injections) eventually followed by surgery. In fact, the disease is considered “progressive”; meaning it’s expected to worsen, often crippling those suffering from it. We are probably the leading Spinal Stenosis center in the country and have a four-year study that disproves the “progressive” prognosis. Over 80% of our patients with severe Spinal Stenosis of many years, significantly improved and have maintained their improvement throughout our four years follow-up.
What Are The Six Things I Can Do Now To Help My Spinal Stenosis?
The Five Daily Exercises That Help Spinal Stenosis
|Single Knee to Chest Stretch||Double Knee to Chest Stretch|
|Upper Abdominal Crunches||Lower Abdominal Walks (While Pushing the Lower Back into the Floor|
|Bar Hanging (not for Cervical Stenosis)|
In most cases, Spinal Stenosis can improve significantly! Do not accept the advice from your doctor if he suggests that medications, injections and surgery are your best options. In most cases, they are not.
These exercises and postures are definitely not complete and should be done, only, if first OK’d by your doctor.
If you’ve been given this diagnosis or believe you may have this condition, you need to see us. We lead the medical community in non-surgical answers for Spinal Stenosis.