Home Management for Spinal Stenosis

Core stability at home

Your PT will follow your MD’s recovery protocol for spinal stenosis. Proper postural awareness and core stability will also be of extreme importance to your recovery. Slouching and forward rounding of the shoulders and pelvis needs to be avoided along with poor lifting mechanics.

Application of ice packs or heat may also be suggested to help manage chronic or acute pain and inflammation at home. Cold acts as a vasoconstrictor which can shrink blood vessels thereby decreasing inflammation and heat increases vasodilation in preparation for exercise to increase tissue extensibility or flexibility.

You will be assigned a special HEP or home exercise program. This HEP is probably the most vital part of any physical therapy episode. Your physical therapist will develop and provide written instructions on which exercises you should be performing at home between physical therapy treatments and will be very similar to the exercises performed in the clinic.  Performance of home exercise programs greatly improves speed and effectiveness of all physical therapy interventions.

If you are experiencing any kind of back pain or have been diagnosed with Sciatica, contact us for a free consultation.  To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:

Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Shelbyville: 931-684-0027
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022

Disclaimer:  The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care.  Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.

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