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spinal stenosis and lifting?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I just got the diagnosis of LSS and will be calling an orthopedist who does the X-stop procedure for an appointment. But in the meantime I just wanted to ask you all if anyone knows if someone with a moderate stenosis and pretty bad symptoms should restrict their lifting? Does lifting aggravate the condition in any way? I'm asking because my job involves lifting up to 50 pounds.


  • If I were you I would error on the side of lifting restrictions. I am pre-surgery neck, and I have been advised to lift no more than 5-10lbs. My concern for you would be doing further damage, however your doctor/perhaps pt. would be the best to advise based on your individual situation. ps. welcome to spine health, we are all here to help. :) take care, Ell
  • Thanks for the input. When I go see the orthopedist, I'll definitely ask him if there are lifting restrictions.
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  • to never lift more then ten pounds for the rest of my life so that is what i do. I do not want another surgery so i'm being a good girl!! ;)

    Evelyn :H
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
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