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What Is Spinal Stenosis & What You Can Do About It

What Is Spinal Stenosis & What You Can Do About It

Spinal stenosis is one of THE most common complaints we deal with in our practice.

And they will NOT simply vanish on their own.

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spaces in the spine narrow down and place pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine.

Typically, this condition is caused by wear-and-tear of the disc which causes the canal where the nerve exits the spine to narrow.

Since spinal stenosis usually occurs in the lower back and neck, those who have this condition may experience both lower back and neck pain. The condition can also cause pain, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness that can worsen over time.

It may be time to come see us if you are experiencing any of the following spinal stenosis signs and symptoms:

  • Numbness or tingling in a foot, or leg
  • Issues with walking and balance
  • Lower back pain when standing, walking, and better with sitting
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction (in severe cases)

Here’s How We Can Help You With Our Spinal Stenosis Treatment…

Here’s How We Can Help You With Our Spinal Stenosis Treatment…

Here’s How We Can Help You With Our Spinal Stenosis Treatment…

Within just a few short sessions, we can remove your pain and stiffness.

We can pinpoint the true cause of your pain—often in less than 20 minutes—so you finally have concrete answers about the source of your spinal stenosis.

Our lower back pain treatments and spinal stenosis specialist will help you avoid painful and risky surgery.

We will treat your condition with various techniques and exercises designed specifically for you and to open the canal where the nerves are being pinched or compressed.

One of the most overlooked treatments for spinal stenosis is to treat the hip. When the hip becomes tight in the front of the thigh, the spine compensates by arching the lower back excessively.

This causes closure and narrowing of the spinal canal. Thus, one of the best ways to treat spinal stenosis is to stretch out the front of the hip.

If you have muscle weakness, your physical therapist will give you exercises to increase your strength.

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Our Approach to Treating Spinal Stenosis

Our Approach to Treating Spinal Stenosis

  • The Gray Method™ An approach invented by our owner, Dr. Scott Gray. The premise behind everything focuses on pinpointing the original CAUSE of your injury, pain, or stiffness, rather than just addressing the symptoms.

  • Dry Needling Dry needling is an advanced technique that uses very small needles to puncture the skin around stiff muscles. This treatment is a safe and effective way to eliminate pain, muscle tension, stiffness, and muscle spasms.

  • Myofascial Release- A hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure and massage to the myofascial connective tissues. Your therapist will gently massage the myofascia and feel for stiff or tightened areas to eliminate pain and restore motion.

  • Mckenzie Method- A herniated disc treatment that uses repeated end range movements with sustained postural loading to help put the disc back in place taking the pressure off of your nerves.

  • Spinal Manipulation & Traction- A hands-on manual therapy technique that combines moving and jolting joints, massage, exercise, and physical therapy. It helps relieve pressure on the joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function.

  • Functional Mobility & Strengthening- An approach that helps increase your overall mobility and strength to ensure your pain stays away long after rehab. Increased strength & mobility will help you heal your current pain or injury, prevent future injuries, improve your posture, prevent chronic diseases, and protect bone health.

Spinal Stenosis Patient Success Stories

Spinal Stenosis Patient Success Stories

“I was able to get rid of my back pain after seeing Dr. Scott Gray and his staff at Back In Motion Sport & Spine Physical Therapy. I cannot recommend them enough. If you are looking for physical therapy in Fort Myers, this is the place.”

Randy Henderson | Mayor of Fort Myers, FL

“I had back pain that prevented me from doing my work. It even prevented me from doing my fitness routine. Dr. Gray’s Method pinpointed exactly what my problem was and what treatment I needed. I can honestly say I am now pain-free.”

Ricardo Cardenas | Business Professional

“I had herniated a disc in my lower back and thought that surgery was the only option. However, after seeing Dr. Scott Gray I avoided that route and now I am back to my old routine.”

Emily Burke | Health Professional

Don’t Suffer From Spinal Stenosis Any Longer…

Don’t Suffer From Spinal Stenosis Any Longer…

Let’s discover the root cause of your spinal stenosis and get you back on course again by seeing one of our lower back pain specialists!

Call our office or schedule your appointment today! We treat spinal stenosis at either our Fort Myers, FL or our Cape Coral, FL physical therapy clinic.

PLEASE NOTE: You have no obligation after getting in contact with us.

Let’s talk about your unique situation, your goals, and your obstacles.

Together we can chart a course for your active and healthy future doing the things you love to do!

Sounds reasonable?

We look forward to working

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Spinal Stenosis Treatment

The treatments for spinal stenosis vary but its best to start with the least invasive and more conservative. Many of our spinal stenosis specialists and treatments consist of decompressing the nerve, opening the canal where the nerve runs and strengthening of specific muscles that are weak and causing compression of the nerve(s).

The majority of patients that have spinal stenosis have signs and symptoms of pain that is worse with prolonged standing and walking, numbness or burning into the buttocks or legs, and relief of signs and symptoms when sitting down.

Conversely, if you have spinal stenosis in your neck, typically it will be one-sided and you’ll have numbness and tingling into the arm or hand when looking up or towards that side.

The causes of spinal stenosis vary from case-to-case but the majority stem from the intervertebral disc dehydrating and shrinking in size, an osteophyte or bone spur that is hitting the nerve (rare), hypertrophy of ligament flavum ( a ligament that can buckle into the spinal canal), or abnormal biomechanics of the spine that leads to closing and narrowing of the spine.

Spinal stenosis is when the canal of the spine is narrowed and compresses on the spinal cord or the peripheral nerve roots.