Spinal stenosis is characterized by the narrowing of the spinal column. This puts pressure on the nerves running through your spine, which can cause back pain and pain that spreads into other parts of your body, such as your legs, arms and hands.
One of the ways that spinal stenosis can affect you if it is lower down in your back (the lumbar region) is in the way you walk. Since the lumbar region contains nerves that spread into your hips and legs, it can cause pain, numbness and other challenges that make it difficult to walk.
Is walking good for spinal stenosis?
Despite spinal stenosis affecting the way you walk, walking is actually a good exercise for spinal stenosis. It is a low-impact exercise that engages the muscles in your legs, hips, abdomen and lower back. This can lead to stronger and more flexible muscles that provide better support for the spine, which can help reduce pressure off the affected nerves.
However, if walking triggers your symptoms, you should talk to a health care provider about some alternative options.
Physical therapy for spinal stenosis
Many people with spinal stenosis can treat it through physical therapy. There is no cure for spinal stenosis, but physical therapy does help to improve the strength and flexibility of target muscles and tissue that can provide better support for the spine.
Physical therapy treatments vary from person to person, but generally include:
- Therapeutic stretches and exercises
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Posture guidance
- Diet and lifestyle recommendations
Physical therapists can also help you identify activities that are more gentle for your back, and they can provide other recommendations for getting through the day with less back pain.
Visit SOL Physical Therapy today for spinal stenosis treatment
Is spinal stenosis causing pain that makes it difficult to enjoy walking or other activities? Our team at SOL Physical Therapy can guide you through a personalized treatment routine to help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life. Contact our team today for more information about spinal stenosis physical therapy or to schedule an initial appointment.