Spinal Stenosis

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of one or more areas in your spine, most often in your neck or lower back. Spinal Stenosis can cause varying symptoms including but not limited to: pain or numbness in your legs, back, neck, shoulder or arms; limb weakness and incoordination; change of sensation in your arms/legs and problems with bladder or bowel function.

Causes of Spinal Stenosis

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Achondroplasia (Dwarfism)
  • Disk Degeneration
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Thickened Ligaments
  • Spinal Injures
  • Paget’s disease of the bone

Physical Therapy Treatment of Spinal Stenosis

If, after a thorough evaluation by a physician, it is determined that physical therapy is a viable conservative treatment or post-operative option, a patient could expect his/her treatment to include:

  • Core and spinal stability exercises
  • Strength training
  • Flexibility of the spine and extremities
  • Balance training
  • Home exercise program
  • Cardiovascular exercise to increase home and community activities
  • Pain control through modalities such as:
    • Ultrasound
    • Electrical stimulation
    • Heat & Ice
    • Massage
    • Spinal traction
Outpatient Physical Therapy