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Spinal Stenosis and Walking Problems

What to do when you have spinal stenosis that’s causing walking problems

Finding it difficult to walk the dog? Is walking from your living room to the bathroom hard for you? There are many issues that can make walking problematic, and one of these issues is called spinal stenosis. 

Why does spinal stenosis cause walking problems?

Spinal stenosis is an issue that often affects the neck and lower back. It occurs when the spaces within your spine narrow, and this condition is typically caused by natural wearing in spinal structures. Medical studies report that about five out of every 1,000 adults over 50 have spinal stenosis. 

This condition tends to worsen gradually over time. As it worsens, it’s likely to pinch nerves that run out of the spine, and pinching of nerves in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms like: 

  • Burning pain that radiates down the legs
  • Numbness in the legs and feet
  • Weakness in the lower limb muscles

It’s these spinal stenosis symptoms that can lead to walking problems. 

How can physical therapists help patients walking problems caused by spinal stenosis? 

Physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for spinal stenosis that’s causing walking problems. One medical study reports that physical therapy is just as effective as surgery for spinal stenosis. Additionally, it can be done with a lower number of complications. 

Therapists can build you a spinal stenosis treatment program that’s personalized to your needs. Such a plan could include therapy techniques like: 

Find physical therapy for spinal stenosis at SOL Physical Therapy

Not sure where to turn for effective physical therapy for your spinal stenosis and walking problems? Our team at SOL Physical Therapy is ready and willing to help you. We offer complimentary screenings that can confirm that spinal stenosis is causing your symptoms. Our team also has a wealth of experience building individualized therapy plans to treat this condition. We’re even currently offering virtual care and at-home therapy for patients who are in the high-risk group for the coronavirus. In addition, you can use any of our services without having to get a referral from your physician. 

Contact our team today for more information about our services or to schedule your initial appointment.

About the author

Sports + Orthopedic Leaders Physical Therapy & Performance Training serves the communities of Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Orinda, San Francisco and beyond. SOLPT’s award winning team of Physical Therapists, Performance Coaches and movement experts has helped thousands reach their rehabilitation and performance goals to move beyond pain. We're committed to helping anyone of any fitness level move effectively and more powerfully for a lifetime. We offer rehabilitation and performance services to all populations, with specialties in Sports Rehabilitation, Active Release Techniques, and Manual Therapy Techniques plus Personal and Small Group Training, Sport Clinics and Wellness Services.