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