Advanced Physical Therapy

Lumbar Stenosis

Spinal lumbar stenosis is a decrease in the size of the spinal canal or a narrowing where the spinal cord and nerves travel. When the canal narrows, it can place pressure on the nerves that supply the legs. This may cause back pain or weakness/pain in the legs. There may be a burning sensation that travels down the buttocks to the feet.

Physical Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by the physical therapist, the first step in treating this condition is to relieve pain and improve function. The therapist will work to strengthen back and leg muscles, improve posture, and manage everyday activities to reduce pain. Treatments may include heat/ice, electric stimulation, phonophoresis, and massage. Your physician may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications. In physical therapy gentle stretching, strengthening, and range of motion exercises will be used as tolerated.

After your initial prescription for physical therapy is complete, the physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.

This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.

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