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spineuniverse.com March 12, 2008
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Help—It Hurts to Walk!
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I have spinal stenosis. Sometimes the pain is worse when I walk uphill or climb stairs. I can’t even walk far due to the pain, which makes me feel out of shape. Granted, I’m not as fit and trim as when I played college football 20 years ago, but shouldn’t I be able to walk without pain? Why does the pain increase when I walk uphill, and what can I do to help relieve my back and leg pain?
—Fountain Valley, CA
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Answer:
Spinal stenosis is a condition commonly associated with growing older. However, in your case, it may be those years of college football that put extra wear and tear on your spine and perhaps caused your back to age faster than the rest of you.

Stenosis
is a Greek word meaning "narrowing," so spinal stenosis is when the areas around your spinal cord and nerves become constricted for various reasons (I’ll explain those soon).  Your spinal cord and nerve roots can then be pinched or squeezed as they pass through the narrowed...
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Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, ANP This Week's Expert:
Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, ANP
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
NYU—Hospital for Joint Diseases
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Back and Neck Pain
Are You Ready for Surgery?

Before having surgery, most people with back or neck pain try a lot of other treatments…so of course they feel "ready" for surgery!  Besides, the surgeon is the one who really needs to be ready, right?  You should be ready, too, and there are several steps you can take to help make your surgery more successful, like eating right ahead of time.  Plus, you can...Read More

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Are you ready for surgery?
Smoking significantly increases your chances for an unsuccessful operation and complications.
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All About Physical Therapy

Your doctor’s sending you to physical therapy:  Before you go, you should look over this comprehensive list of articles on what to expect in PT.

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Back Pain Videos
Visual Learners Wanted

Learn about your spinal anatomy, see what happens to your intervertebral discs as you age, watch how an MRI is done, and more.

Back Pain Videos
Common Conditions:

Back Pain
Neck Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Discs
Kyphosis
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis/Spinal Fracture
Sciatica
Scoliosis
Spinal Stenosis
Spondylosis
Spondylolisthesis
Whiplash
Other Back Problems A-Z

Wellness and Lifestyle
Protect Yourself From Medical Errors
Medical Errors
Medical errors don't happen only in the operating room

Medical errors can happen to anyone, and they’re not always as "extreme" as a surgeon operating on the wrong side of your body.  Medical errors can happen at the pharmacy and even during a routine check-up.

How are you protecting yourself?...Read More

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Spine Care Tips
Your Spine will Feel Fine if You...

10 easy-to-implement tips to keep your spine in line in all areas of your life…from brushing your teeth to putting away your groceries...
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Keep your spine in line
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