If you suffer from pain in your back that extends down into your legs, you could be suffering from spinal stenosis. At Physiotherapy First, we offer access to spinal stenosis treatments in Brampton at our wellness centre.

Do you notice your leg pain feels better when you are sitting down or leaning forward? Do you notice that when you walk or job, the pain in your back and legs increases? If you answered yes to these questions, you may have spinal stenosis.

What Causes Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs as we age and get older. It is a natural degeneration of the spine that causes a narrowing of the canals in the spine that transmit signals from nerves in the lower back and legs.

When the back is injured or there is too much strain placed on the vertebra in the back, it can cause changes to occur much faster, resulting in further constriction of the canals and the ability to properly transmit signals from the nerves to the brain.

Some people might notice stiffness or tightness in the back and legs, accompanied by varying degrees of pain. For other people, the degenerative process and resulting injury put an excessive amount of pressure on the nerve endings resulting in numbness, noticeable pain that will not subside, and tingling sensations that travel down into the legs.

In addition, some people might experience other back-related problems that can further contribute towards degenerative changes related to spinal stenosis, such as:

  • Herniated Discs – This condition is where excess pressure on the discs in the back causes them to herniate or bulge.
  • Slipped Discs – This condition occurs when excess pressure on the discs in the back causes one or more of them to slip out of place.
  • Ligamentum Flavum Thickening – As we age, this ligament that helps support the spinal cord gradually thickens. As it does, it can put added pressure on the canals causing them to narrow.

How Is Spinal Stenosis Diagnosed?

Your chiropractor, osteopath, or physiotherapist will conduct a physical examination, review your medical history, and use other diagnostic tools to determine whether you have spinal stenosis or another type of back problem. X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs may also be used to further determine your diagnosis.

What Are Common Treatments for Spinal Stenosis?

Some of the more common treatments for spinal stenosis can include:

  • Manual manipulation and adjustment of the spinal column to help reduce pressure on the canals.
  • Exercise therapy to help strengthen the back and legs which can help alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • Hot and cold therapies to the affected areas.
  • Education about spinal stenosis and what you can do to help avoid positions and movements that further aggravate your condition.
  • Avoiding prolonged periods of walking, heavy lifting, and other movements that further aggravate the condition.

At Physiotherapy First, our healthcare providers develop custom-tailored treatment plans for spinal stenosis based on your specific needs, concerns, and requirements. We also encourage our patients to participate in their recovery and assist with developing their treatment plans.

Is Recovery from Spinal Stenosis Possible?

Recovery from spinal stenosis is not fully possible. Through ongoing treatments, it is possible to manage the condition to slow the degeneration process. People with this condition should be prepared to make modifications to their physical activities to further reduce pain and discomfort so they can still enjoy most things.

Are Spinal Stenosis Treatments Covered by Health Benefits Plans in Brampton?

Spinal stenosis treatments are often covered by many health benefits plans, accident injury insurance, and WSIB. We would be happy to discuss your insurance options in greater detail when you call to schedule an initial consultation.

For further information about spinal stenosis treatments in Brampton or to book your initial consultation, please feel free to contact Physiotherapy First at (905) 796-6662 today! We look forward to speaking with you, answering your questions, and helping to alleviate your pain and discomfortas quickly as possible.

Why Choose Physiotherapy First for Sciatica Treatments?

Our Brampton wellness centre provides access to well-trained, and educated health professionals with expertise in physiotherapy, osteopathy, and chiropractic care. Our health professionals receive ongoing training and education to provide our patients access to the latest treatments for spinal stenosis.

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