People who have spinal stenosis often experience pain and discomfort in their neck or back. If the spinal stenosis is in the lower back, daily activities like walking or doing chores can become very difficult. Even sitting for a long time can be uncomfortable.
There is no cure for spinal stenosis, but treatments can help manage the pain and symptoms, as well as slow down the progression of the condition. Take a moment to learn more about this condition and how physical therapy can help you manage it.
Understanding spinal stenosis physical therapy can help
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing within the vertebrae of the spine that leads to pressure buildup around the spinal cord and the nerves. Spinal stenosis often occurs in the neck or the lower back. The most common causes of spinal stenosis are osteoarthritis, spinal injury and aging, as follows:
- Osteoarthritis — Osteoarthritis is deterioration of the cartilage between joints. In response to this damage, the body often attempts to support the damaged area by forming bone spurs, which can put painful pressure on the nerves.
- Traumatic spinal injury — Spinal injuries caused by an accident can lead to damage along the spinal cord. Painful nerve damage is common depending on the nature of the injury.
- Aging — Wear and tear from aging can eventually cause the muscles and joints in the spine to break down. Patients often find that as they age, their pain increases, while their mobility decreases.
If you have spinal stenosis caused by one of these factors, it’s time to talk to a physical therapy team about your treatment options.
Treatment plans for spinal stenosis at Armor Physical Therapy
Treatments for spinal stenosis vary from person to person. Some people need medication for the pain. Some may even need surgery. However, most people can manage the pain and progression of spinal stenosis with physical therapy.
At Armor Physical Therapy, we customize every spinal stenosis treatment plan to help our patients manage their pain and symptoms. From the consultation to the last treatment session, our highly skilled team of physical therapists is going to work with you to help you find relief.
Our physical therapists will design a treatment plan to meet your unique needs and long-term goals. Your spinal stenosis treatment may include the following:
- Manual therapy
- Stretching and range-of-motion exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Aerobic exercise
- Postural education
Visit Armor Physical Therapy for spinal stenosis treatment
We are dedicated to helping you improve your quality of life and live with less pain. If you have been dealing with the pain of spinal stenosis, physical therapy may be just what you need. Contact our team today for more information about treating spinal stenosis pain or to schedule an initial appointment.