KerrvillePT: Relieve Spinal Stenosis Pains

Health & Wellness

April, 2020



According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately 2.4million Americans will suffer from spinal stenosis by 2021. It is a silent epidemic that generally affects people aged 50 or older; however, it can also occur in younger adults who have a history of arthritis. Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the canals in your spine that are formed by the vertebrae. This narrowing can impinge on the nerves exiting your spine and/or the spinal cord itself. Symptoms can vary, but often include radiating pain in the back, buttocks and even legs. Furthermore, weakness and poor balance in the legs can often occur, making it difficult to tolerate walking long distances and prolonged standing. Fortunately, targeted physical therapy treatments, such as spinal manipulation, can helpmanage the symptoms of spinal stenosis and provide pain relief. Spinal manipulation helps relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. It is a gentle, hands-on form of manual therapy

that focuses on evaluating and enhancing spinal function. To learnmore about how spinal manipulation can help relieve your pain, contact Kerrville Physical Therapy Center today. What happenswhen spinal stenosis develops? The most common form of spinal stenosis is known as foraminal stenosis. Foraminal stenosis occurs when there is a narrowing of the foramen canals on either side of the spine, formed by the vertebrae above and below the segment. In each foramen canal, spinal nerves exit the lower back, in order to help different parts of the pelvis and legs function properly. With age and deterioration of the discs between the spine, the canals shrink in size. It is also possible for them to develop bone spurs. This irritates the nerve roots, especially when the spine is extended. People living with spinal stenosis typically feel better when sitting, but notice increased levels of pain with standing and backwards bending.

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