What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis is caused by a narrowing of the vertebral canal reducing the space for the nerves. As a result, the nerves in that canal become constricted and this causes chronic back pain. It occurs most often in the lower back and the neck. This condition is generally common in patients aged 50 years or older as a result of the thickening of the vertebral joints.
Symptoms and causes for Spinal Stenosis
Some people with Spinal Stenosis may not have symptoms while others may experience pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Depending on the location and how much narrowing occurs over time, a spinal nerve or the spinal cord could become compressed with worsening symptoms over time.
Causes include herniated disc, osteoarthritis, displaced or fractures in vertebrae, thickened spinal ligaments and overgrowth of bone (“spurs”). Stenosis begins most commonly with aging but may be present at birth with congenital stenosis.
Treatment for Spinal Stenosis
The Nordic Health physical therapist measures the spine using our proprietary medical equipment with strength, mobility, and strength-balance testing functionality. The results are compared against the normative values of a healthy spine considering the age, sex, and size of the patient. Based on this information we will develop an individualized treatment plan to exercise the spinal core muscles. We have consistently been able to deliver great clinical outcomes with significantly increased mobility, endurance, and strength levels to help improve the patient’s daily life.
Are you looking for a Spinal Stenosis specialist?
Nordic Health Spine+Ortho is a clinic-based, physician-driven, patient-centric treatment program for those with spine and orthopedic pain:
- Back, neck, shoulder, hip, and knee pain
- Sudden onset of pain
- First-time episodes of pain
- A history of chronic pain and/or decreased function
- Post-surgical patients (requires a surgeon’s approval)