Bethesda Physical Therapy Can Help Alleviate The Pain Felt From Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis transpires when there is a narrowing in the spinal column spaces, placing pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves associated with it. There are three key spinal areas, and spinal stenosis can happen in one or more of them. These areas include:
- Spinal canal at center of vertebral column
- Canals found at origins of spinal cord nerves
- Spaces between vertebrae where the nerves leave the spine and out to the rest of the body
Spinal stenosis can happen with age or be inherited.
Spinal Stenosis: What Can Happen and Who Can Suffer With It
Now, the area of the body affected by spinal stenosis is going to depend on where it’s located. Stenosis in the lower regions of the spinal cord will result in leg numbness or pain. Stenosis in the upper regions of the spinal cord will result in shoulder numbers or pain.
The condition is commonly experienced by men and women, 50 years of age or order. But, it’s been seen in younger people, usually from an injury or from a condition that reduces the spinal canal like dwarfism.
How Do Doctors Diagnosis Spinal Stenosis
Once you make your doctor aware of what you’ve been feeling, they’ll conduct a series of tests to make a diagnosis. They’ll get a medical history, do a comprehensive physical exam, and get a CT scan, MRI or X-rays to find out if you’re suffering from this condition.
What Are The Available Treatments
At this time, there’s no cure for spinal stenosis. However, there are several forms of treatment that can be used including medications or surgery. Surgery, as you know, is extremely painful and costly. Medications can have a host of nasty side effects. On top of that, medications only mask the pain felt; they don’t address the real cause.
However, there’s no need for surgery or drugs; physical therapy can treat spinal stenosis. It’s founded on the premise that limited spinal movement causes pain and dysfunction. Spinal mobilization could lead to improved function and movement. Spinal decompression therapy uses traction to pull the bones of the spine apart. With more space between the vertebrae, nerve pressure lessens and pain decreases tremendously.
How Successful Is Physical Therapy For This Condition
Now, how successful this treatment method is for spinal stenosis is going to be dependent on several factors:
- Person’s age
- Length of time for present stenosis
- Presence of multiple conditions that complicate diagnosis, rehabilitation and treatment
Physical therapists at Bethesda Metro Physical Therapy will work alongside your other doctors to make sure that you get the best possible treatment for your spinal stenosis symptoms.
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