Spinal Stenosis Pain Relief
Spinal stenosis occurs during the narrowing of bone channel where your spinal nerves and cords are located. Although some people are born with spinal stenosis, most develop it as part of a natural degeneration of the spine or through the development of bony growths from osteoarthritis.
The spinal canal typically has ample room for the spinal cord and nerve roots. You won’t necessarily feel the narrowing of the spinal column itself, but when it starts compressing your spinal nerves or spinal cord, feelings of numbness and radiating pain occur. Spinal stenosis has a gradual onset and you may notice minor weakness and changes in posture prior to feelings of numbness or pain.
The narrowing can occur in different parts of the spine, but the effects are similar regardless of location. The two most common spinal stenosis conditions are lumbar stenosis and cervical stenosis.
Signs & Symptoms
- Pain in the rear or leg when sitting down
- Burning or tingling feeling down the leg
- Weakness, or problems with moving your leg or foot
- Contact pain in the buttock
Lumbar stenosis refers to lower back region while cervical stenosis refers to the neck region. Low back or neck pain are common symptoms of spinal stenosis. For lumbar stenosis, sciatica is another common symptom. Sciatica causes radiating pain/numbness from low back to butt and down the leg which makes it painful to engage in physical activities such as walking or biking. Cervical stenosis also causes feelings of numbness, but can also cause paralysis if the spinal cord is compressed too much.
Common symptoms are:
- Manual, hands-on physical therapy techniques can improve the mobility of stiff joints in your hip, lumbar spine upper back and neck.
- Posture correction can help you relieve pressure from the nerves while you walk, stand and sit.
- Custom exercise programs will help you strengthen muscles and improve flexibility across your spine.
Physical therapy can help you effectively manage your spinal stenosis and studies have shown that it is equally effective as having surgery. Our physical therapists can help you build strength and tolerance and decrease any pain you may feeling.
Dr Tim Vidale is a miracle worker. I have been with him for about 8 weeks and am amazed by the improvements throughout my neck, upper and lower back. He knows the human body like a map and can pinpoint targeted areas that need work/treatment. Dr Vidale has also been very helpful advising me on ergonomic positions while using the computer, as extended sitting was uncomfortable for me and wrote a letter on my behalf advising my employer to provide a standing desk. He obviously deeply cares about his patients, which is one of the many outstanding traits of his practice.
I walked into Therpaydia with awful lower back pain and after several weeks of treatment, I am able to function without pain. The environment is very welcoming. Dr. Vidale knows what he is doing and explains everything thoroughly.
Jennifer is fantastic. After only two weeks my back pain is significantly less. She zeroed in immediately on the problem. Other PTs will watch you do exercises. That’s a waste of time and money. You can do those on your own time. Here they work on the problem. It can be painful, but so worth it.
About Therapydia DC
Better Physical Therapy Experience
At Therapydia DC, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on spinal stenosis treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your back or neck pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments.
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Tim Vidale, DPT
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Jennifer Nelson, DPT