Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The following home treatments might help:

  • Pain relievers. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve) can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Hot or cold packs. Some symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis may be relieved by applying heat or ice to your neck.
  • Diet and nutrition. Losing excess weight can reduce load-bearing stress on the lumbar spine.
  • Canes or walkers. In addition to providing stability, these assistive devices can help relieve pain by allowing you to bend forward while walking.
Nov. 18, 2015