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Old 11-11-2007, 05:20 AM   #1
Alfonso Bandera
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Question Working around cervical stenosis?

I just wondered if anyone has had to deal and train with foraminal stenosis?

After a long time of major back, neck and shoulder pain (having to take off time from training for weeks at a time) an MRI showed severe stenosis of C6-7 and some moderate to severe in the lumbar.

I'm now addicted to home traction.

I found deadlifts, cleans are pretty scary.

Anyone else not let this stop them?
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:01 AM   #2
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Red face Re: Working around cervical stenosis?

OK....has anyone KNOWN anyone who has had to train with this back/neck problem?
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Old 11-17-2007, 03:03 PM   #3
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Re: Working around cervical stenosis?

Well, are any of your myotomes (muscles inervated by specific nerve roots) affected? Do you lack strength in your core, you're going to want to do protective exercises to enhance posture and support of your spine and scapular/hip stabalizers before you do anything else. Then progress as can. I have never known anyone with this conditioning but this is what I would work on if I was you, good luck.
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:02 PM   #4
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Jason,
This sounds like good advice. Thanks!

What sort of work do you suggest for scapular/hip stabalizers?

It has mostly effected my trapezius/rotator cuff on one side (restricting ROM of the head when it flares up badly).
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:01 AM   #5
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Re: Working around cervical stenosis?

I would work on crunches from the floor tilting the pelvis up (posterior pelvic tilt) and looking straight up at the ceiling as you do a crunch. Also Dead bug exercises in which you lay on your back and alternate raising and lowering arm and opposite foot while stabilizing the pelvis. For scapular stabilizers work on dumbbell or T rows in which you try to pinch your shoulder blades (scapula to scapula) in the back. also internal/external rotational exercises for the rotator cuff. These should all be pain free, also planks are good glute bridges, good luck!!
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