Lumbar Spinal Stenosis | Bergen County NJ Physical Therapy
What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of space in the lower (lumbar) spine. This narrowing of the spinal canal compresses nerves going through the lower back into the legs. It causes pain and cramping in the legs when standing or walking. Usually it can be eased by sitting down. This condition is most often a problem brought on by aging and degeneration, and occurs slowly over many years. Physical Therapy offered by the technicians at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee helps to address this painful discomfort.
What Are the Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Lower back stenosis is often represented by pain, weakness and burning in the legs. The pain comes and goes, and can be eased with rest but usually returns when you continue activity in an upright position. The pain of lower back stenosis can radiate into both thighs and legs. In rare cases it can cause loss of motor function in the legs, as well as loss of normal bowel or bladder function.
How Do You Know If You Have Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
A diagnosis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis must be made by a doctor usually through imaging studies, such as X-Ray, CT Scan or MRI. A patient’s history and symptoms combined with a physical examination and tests are what a doctor relies on to diagnose the condition. The pain, weakness, and burning felt in the legs are clues that something is amiss and should be seen to by a professional therapist. Many Bergen County patients with lower back stenosis are referred to Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee for physical therapy to alleviate the pain caused by this condition.
Does a Diagnosis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Require Surgery?
Physical Therapy such as that provided by Elite Spine and Sports Care of Fort Lee can relieve the pain of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Elite uses Flexion Distraction Therapy to alleviate the discomfort of this condition. This is a chiropractic technique using a special table that moves automatically and gently, letting the spine flex in several ways. The motion creates negative pressure that pulls the disc bulge back into the spine. This will promote the maintenance of healthy discs and work on those that require therapy. The Chiropractor implements manual techniques as well to alleviate disc herniation or bulging issues. Flexion Distraction Therapy is meant to allow the spine to move properly in a way that will take the pressure off a disc bulge and keep the discs well articulated. Flexion Distraction Therapy has proven to be successful in helping patients get back to normal activity.. Surgery may be required, but Physical Therapy using Flexion Distraction is a very effective way to alleviate the pain and discomfort of spinal stenosis.
Help is available at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee
If you are experiencing the pain and discomfort of lower back stenosis, see a doctor. The doctor’s diagnosis will determine the treatment. The Chiropractic Doctors and Physical Therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee are available to offer relief from the pain of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. With Flexion Distraction Therapy we can return you to normal every day movement free of pain. Please call for an appointment at (201) 592-0800.