Home Management for Spinal Stenosis

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.

PT for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis can often be managed through physical therapy without the need for surgical intervention. If you require surgery, upon your initial evaluation at Elite Physical therapy, your physical therapist will educate you on your physician’s protocol for recovery.

Following your evaluation, your physical therapy team will develop and guide you through an individualized exercise program.


Scoliosis is a diagnosis referring to the lateral curvature of the spine seen most often in the thoracic or lumbar region. The lateral curvature can be accompanied by a rotational abnormality. A diagnosis can be idiopathic, secondary to a congenital deformity, secondary to pain, or secondary to degeneration.

Scoliosis can be either static (structural) or dynamic (non-structural).

Ruptured or Herniated Disk

Let’s discuss the anatomy of the spine to learn more about a herniated disk.

The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, each with a disk in between to act as a cushion or a shock absorber and to prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other. The outer layer of a disk is called the annulus which is a tough fibrous tissue that attaches between each vertebra.