Spinal Stenosis


Stenosis is caused by the narrowing of a canal or space in your body. It most commonly affects the space where your spinal cord is kept and/or where the spinal nerves exit your back bones (vertebrae).

Stenosis should be treated to alleviate or avoid unwanted pressure along the spinal nerves and/or spinal cord. This is because the spinal cord and spinal nerves allow other parts of your body to function such as your arms and/or legs. As a result, stenosis can cause pain, numbness, weakness and/or problems with bowel and bladder function.

Physical Therapy can help you if your stenosis is associated with the following areas of your body:

  • Cervical (Neck)
  • Thoracic (Mid Back)
  • Lumbar (Low Back)

Reasons for stenosis can include:

  • Degeneration of the spine (wear and tear due to aging)
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