Physical Therapy Demystified: Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis might sound like fun and games, but it definitely isn't something you want to sign up for. Spinal Stenosis is the compression of the spinal cord. The smooth line of the spine gradually narrows until the nerves and vertebrae are pinched, resulting in back pain, legs, arms, neck, and even hands. Where your body feels pain from your spinal compression depends on where in your body the compression is occurring. 

Sloane Stecker Physical Therapy New York Spinal Stenosis

In general Spinal Stenosis occurs in individuals over 50 years old, often resulting from arthritis. As the spinal column begins to narrow the body's natural protection around the nerves generally decreases until pinching and referring pain become unbearable. Symptoms will generally present as stiffness in the back, either lower or upper, or numbness and general back pain. 

More extreme symptoms might be sciatica, difficulty lifting and controlling lower limbs, or (in extreme cases) difficulty with bladder control. Spinal Stenosis treatment depends on the extent of your case. X-rays and other diagnostic testing will give your medical team the best information on how to treat your case. In the more extreme cases surgery might be necessary, but often relief can come with physical therapy exercises and occasional injections to relieve pain and inflammation if necessary. Working with a qualified physical therapist will have you walking the streets in New York City with confidence and a huge increase in comfort.