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Spinal Stenosis

What is Spinal Stenosis?

It refers to narrowing of the spinal canal in which the spinal cord sits. It can occur in the neck (cervical stenosis) or lower back (lumbar stenosis).

Can physiotherapy help people with spinal stenosis?

Yes. The focus of physiotherapy is to reduce pain, improve muscle strength and increase function.

What are the causes of spinal stenosis?

  • Some people are born with it – congenital

  • Arthritis

  • Disc prolapse

How do I know if I have spinal stenosis?

You will experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain and discomfort in the neck or lower back

  • Shooting pain in the neck especially when you bend your neck and tip your chin

  • Numbness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Burning sensations, tingling and pins and needles in the arms

  • Pain in the buttocks

  • Pins and needles sensation in the thigh or leg that occurs when standing or walking

  • Discomfort is relieved by bending forward or with rest

  • Leg pain

  • Problems with bladder and bowel control

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