Kinect PT: Keeping Spinal Stenosis Of The Low Back At Bay

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“Catch The Best Physical Therapy For Pain!” At our physical therapy clinic, we are experts in treating back pain associated with spinal stenosis. With our natural and safe methods, we relieve your pain, strengthen your body, and get you moving again. Look inside to discover the details on how we can help you. (continued inside) KEEPING SPINAL STENOSIS OF THE LOW BACK AT BAY

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“Everyone Will Be Relieved To See You Pain-Free!” KEEPING SPINAL STENOSIS OF THE LOW BACK AT BAY

Inside: • Why Does Physical Therapy Work For Spinal Stenosis

• Outstanding Patient Results

• Fall Recipe

What is Spinal Stenosis? Most commonly occurring in the neck and the lower back, spinal stenosis is the official term for when the openings between the spine’s vertebrae become too narrow. For patients with lumbar (lower back) stenosis, the resulting pressure on the spinal cord or the related nerves results in pain and limited range of motion. In addition, lumbar spinal stenosis sufferers can experience some form of tingling and weakness in their legs, and lower back. Often, walking for more than a short distance, or standing for extended periods, becomes almost impossible. Depending on where the pressure points occur, bowel and bladder problems may even become an issue. What Causes Lower Back Spinal Stenosis? Basic aging is a common, underlying factor for people who develop the narrowing of the openings between their vertebrae. Discs can wear away and flatten with age, leading to a smaller gap through which nerves can

pass. In addition, bone spurs that form as a result of osteoarthritis may cause narrowing of the spine. In either case, these age-related disorders put pressure on the spinal nerve. It is possible for younger adults to also experience spinal stenosis. Poor posture, or certain injuries can lead to the narrowing of the vertebrae, as can disorders affecting joints above or below stenosis areas. How Physical Therapy Can Help Spinal Stenosis. Unlessyouhaveanextremelyadvanced formofspinalstenosis,yourdoctor will likely recommend a more conservative approach. Physical therapy is the physician preferred treatment for spinal stenosis. It improves your ability to walk and perform other daily movements -- and, most importantly, to eliminate the pain you feel when undertaking those movements. Let the experts at Kinect Physical Therapy help you improve your mobility. Give us a call at the location nearest you today!

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Look inside to learn more about our programs and say hello to a healthier you by returning to a pain-free, active lifestyle!

Outstanding Patient Results

Physical therapy was the best! “Physical therapy was the best! I looked forward to it each time! I can even sit in a chair for extended periods of time! Shout out to Kinect Physical Therapy! Y’all are the best!” - Julie S. I have started lunging! “I can now squat much better! I can go up and down stairs at a faster and smoother pace, and I have started lunging; which I couldn’t even attempt before.” - Iveliss J. I am so much stronger! “Strength — in all ways! I am so much stronger and do not have the pain I was suffering with before I came to Kinect. My therapists were kindandhelpful. Ibelieve Icando things inbetterways!” - Marcella E. I am able to squat! “Prior to therapy at Kinect, I could not stand painlessly for 5 or more minutes. Now, I am able to squat, lift heavy items, and can stand... pain-free!” - Penelope C.

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Why Does Physical Therapy Work For Spinal Stenosis?

PT is effective because it provides a multi-dimensional approach to spinal stenosis, addressing both the causes and the effects of the disorder. Flexibility, postural support, and strength-building measures are built into the physical therapy treatment plan for this disorder. PT uses both joint mobilization and stretching to increase mobility in all of your spinal joints. These flexibility-enhancers allow all of your joints to work at full capacity, taking the pressure off affected areas. In addition, you’ll find it less painful to stand, walk and bend after building up strength in your hips, as well as stabilizing pelvic support, which supports the base of your spine. Strengthening your abs and other muscles in your core will provide better spinal support and stabilization. Avoiding Surgery Studies show that in many cases, physical therapy for spinal stenosis can prevent the need for surgery altogether. If used as a first-choice option, it is effective as a pain management tool and helps identify activities to avoid that may be making the symptoms worse. A 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine followed two groups of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis -- one group which had opted for surgery, and one which had gone to physical therapy as the main course of treatment -- and found that both groups had similar success rates. If you’re coping with spinal stenosis and concerned about which course of treatment to undertake, call us today to arrange a consultation. We’ll

work with your doctors to ensure that your treatment is the right fit for you. We can help treat your spinal stenosis whether you’re undertaking physical therapy as a first-course option, or as a way to ease the recovery process following spinal stenosis surgery. 8484-e728617397aa Why You Need To Come In For A FREE Check-Up: � Move without pain Think Kinect FIRST: Giving The Gift Of Health

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• Low Back Pain • Cervical Pain • Shoulder Pain • Knee Pain • Herniated/Bulging Disc • SI/Pelvic Pain • Arthritis • Sprains and Strains • Fractures

• Tennis Elbow • Rotator Cuff Injuries • Impingement Syndrome

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� Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

• Balance Disorders • Difficulty Walking • Deconditioning • Muscle Weakness • Vertigo • And Many More!

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We are your therapists for life! We want you to stay healthy so all your checkups with us are FREE. Just call our clinic and schedule.

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• Do you have low back pain? • Do you have difficulty bending or reaching? • Do you suffer from a past back injury? If you suffer from pain in your lower back when you do normal everyday activities, then there is help with the proper treatment plan to get your mobility back!

Physical Therapy For Spinal Stenosis

It’scommon forpeoplewhohavespinalstenosis tobecome lessactive, inan effort to reducepain.But thatcan lead tomuscleweakness,whichcan result in more pain. A physical therapist can teach you exercises that may help: • Build up your strength and endurance • Maintain the flexibility and stability of your spine • Improve your balance Integrativemedicineandalternative therapiesmaybeusedwithconventional treatments to help you cope with spinal stenosis pain. Examples include: • Massage therapy • Chiropractic treatment • Acupuncture Lifestyle and home remedies • Applying hot or cold packs. Some symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis may be relieved by applying heat or ice to your neck. • Maintaining a healthy weight. Aim to keep a healthy weight. If you’re overweight or obese, your doctor may recommend that you lose weight. Losing excess weight can reduce pain by taking some stress off the back, particularly the lumbar portion of the spine. • Exercising. Flexing, stretching and strengthening exercises may help open up the spine. Talk with a physical therapist or your doctor about what exercises are safe to do at home.

• Using a cane or walker. In addition to providing stability, these assistive devicescanhelp relievepainbyallowingyou tobend forwardwhilewalking. Don’t wait any longer for relief. Schedule an appointment at the clinic nearest you with Kinect Physical Therapy today!

Try these two movements that target the lower back! If you struggle to complete these exercises, contact the clinic nearest you today to schedule an evaluation.

Trunk Sideflexion Stretch. Stand with good posture, feet shoulder width apart. One hand on hip. Reach over head with other hand. Lean to the side until you feel a stretch.

Repeated Lumbar Extension. Lie on your stomach. Bend your elbows, placing hands at shoulder height. Push through your hands, straightening both elbows to lift your head and shoulders up. At the top, look up.

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MESA 480.833.2778


GLENDALE 623.934.1154

“Don’t Let Aches & Pains Slow You Down! ” EASY EXERCISES FOR BACK PAIN RELIEF

If you are experiencing back pain and don’t find the tips below helpful, call and schedule a Free Consultation with one of our specialists who can further assist you in getting back to a more active life.


LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Perform this 10-15 times in each direction.

ALT. ARM & LEG LIFTS Start on hands and knees, hips and shoulders at 90°. Lift one arm straight out in front. At the same time, lift opposite leg straight back. Repeat 8 times on both sides. Hold for 3 seconds.


SAN TAN VALLEY 480.568.4580

MESA 480.833.2778


GLENDALE 623.934.1154

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