Spinal Stenosis and Treatment Options


What is Spinal Stenosis

With age and injuries, the space between the bones in your back decreases. This is one of the reasons we shrink and lose an inch or so as we become older. With the decrease space, nerves in the lower back may become pinched, causing pain in the lower back and possibly down the legs.

Stenosis may also be called “arthritis,” or your doctor may call it “Degenerative Disc Disease”.


What can I do about Stenosis?

There are many available treatment options for stenosis.  However, selecting the right treatment can be confusing and frustrating.

After helping thousands of people in North Central West Virginia with stenosis, this is the proven guide Dynamic Physical Therapy uses:

  1. Exercise
  2. Hands-on Physical Therapy
  3. Medications
  4. Injections
  5. Surgery

How does this work?

The rule with the system is “only move on to the next step after the previous treatment has failed.”  So don’t take the medication (Step #3) until first you have done the right exercises (#1) and hands-on therapy (#2) with an expert physical therapist who specializes in stenosis.

The healthiest group of people in the world used this model. Timothy Ferriss mentioned a similar system in the #1 New York Times Best Setter “The 4 Hour Body.”

This may not be for everyone…only people who are focused on being as healthy as they possibly can be.


It seems like there are a ton of back exercises. Which exercises should I do?

The #1 best exercise to do for stenosis is:

Spinal Stenosis

  1. Lying on your back, hug both these toward your chest.
  2. Keep breathing. Hold 5 seconds, repeat 10 times. If hugging your knees is too difficult, wrap a towel or belt behind your knees and pull to chest.
Why it works:  This movement increases the space between the bones in your back.

When do I call a physical therapist?

Do this exercise for the next seven days, every morning before you get out of bed and any time you have pain in your back.

Call us if:

  1. Your pain and symptoms do not change.
  2. Your pain gets worse with this exercise.
  3. You feel a little better with this exercise, but it’s still there.

Some people will heal quickly with this simple exercise; others will need to take it to the next step.


Dynamic Physical Therapy

If you have more pain or your pain is unchanged, please give us a call to schedule an appointment or visit our website to learn more!

  • Westover: 304-225-5222
  • Sabraton: 304-225-0910
  • Pineview Drive: 304-598-2212

 

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Thanks for reading,

Lincoln

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