Physical Therapy for Spinal Stenosis
The purpose of physical therapy is to decrease pain and allow you to gradually return to your normal activities. Physical therapy for spinal stenosis involves treatment with physical or mechanical means, such as through exercise or heat. Physical therapy may reduce pain in the soft tissues (such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons), improve function, and build muscle strength. A physical therapist provides these treatments and will also provide education, instruction, and support for recovery.
Physical therapy techniques may include:
Exercises and techniques that may help relieve symptoms of spinal stenosis and prevent progression of the condition include:
Your doctor or a physical therapist will design a program specific to your normal level of activity, physical fitness, and severity of pain.
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