Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Summit Physical Therapy AZ

Physical Therapist located in Gilbert, AZ

Spinal stenosis is a common cause of lower back pain, especially in older adults. Although the diagnosis may be unsettling, Hannah Frost, PT, DPT, COMT, Cert MDT, RYT, can help you manage the condition with targeted exercises and therapies. Contact Summit Physical Therapy AZ in Gilbert, Arizona, online or over the phone to set up a consultation.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

Summit Physical Therapy AZ

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis describes the narrowing of the spinal canal, which your spinal cord passes through. The condition doesn’t always cause symptoms, but if the spine compresses the nerves, it can lead to pain, tingling, and weakness in the affected limbs.

Stenosis usually affects the cervical spine in the neck or the lumbar spine. Cervical stenosis can cause pain in the neck and arms while lumbar stenosis affects the lower back and legs.

What are the risk factors of developing spinal stenosis?

The wear-and-tear on the spine from the natural aging process or from conditions like osteoarthritis can lead to spinal stenosis. Other factors that make you more susceptible to the condition include:

  • Age
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal injuries
  • Paget’s disease

Left untreated, spinal stenosis can cause ongoing pain, permanent weakness, and paralysis. Hannah Frost can help you build strength and stability to keep your spine healthy.

When should I see a physical therapist for spinal stenosis?

Your primary care doctor or specialist may recommend starting with physical therapy for treatment before trying more invasive techniques. If you fit the following criteria, you may be a great candidate for physical therapy:

  • You’ve already received a spinal stenosis diagnosis
  • You experience pain and other stenosis symptoms
  • You’d rather treat your condition without drugs or surgery, if possible
  • You’re willing to actively participate in your rehabilitation plan

Speak with your doctor and call Summit Physical Therapy AZ to see if physical therapy is right for you.

What is the treatment for spinal stenosis?

The goal of treatment for spinal stenosis is to help you stay active, manage symptoms, and prevent the condition from doing further damage. Research shows physical therapy can be as effective as surgery for stenosis-related pain.

Hannah may incorporate any of the following into your physical therapy sessions to improve symptoms:

  • Strength and flexibility exercises
  • Posture training
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound
  • Whirlpool

Hannah also provides post-surgical rehabilitative treatment for spinal stenosis after decompression surgery.

If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and want to try physical therapy as a first line of treatment, contact Summit Physical Therapy AZ online or over the phone.