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Lumbar Spine Stenosis Exercises
The lumbar spine is in the lower back area. This part of the spine consists of five vertebrae that are crucial for side bending, extending, flexing and rotating the torso. The nerves that exit from either side of the vertebrae in the lumbar region extend down to the legs and enable movements and sensations in the whole lower body. Lumbar stenosis can result in the damaging of these nerves.
People diagnosed with lumbar stenosis usually experience lower back pain
and some lose sensation in their legs and lower back.
Lumbar Stenosis Treatment - Medications
Treatments for lumbar spine stenosis vary. There are pain medications that are effective in alleviating pain in the lower back region. Surgical therapy is usually considered as a last resort in the treatment of spinal stenosis. When surgery is called for, minimal invasive surgery is the surgery of choice as there is less soft tissue and muscular damage as a result of the surgery. Patients also tend to recover faster with minimal invasive spine surgery.
Lumbar Stenosis Treatment - Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is one of the most common options for lumbar stenosis treatment. This type of treatment may involve a combination of stretching, strength training and endurance training. Pilates is quickly catching on as a form of physical therapy for lumbar spinal stenosis. Depending on the severity of the condition, Pilates gives the combined result of strength training, conditioning and flexibility.
Lumbar Spine Stenosis Treatment - Pilates
Before beginning a Pilates training program, the chiropractor takes the patient through a full body examination to determine the most comfortable and uncomfortable position of the patient's body. In general, people diagnosed with lumbar spine stenosis are more comfortable in spinal flexion positions. Their most uncomfortable positions are spine extension positions. This means that the patient will experience a lot of discomfort if they perform Pilates in a standing or prone position. In cases where patients want to lie in a prone position, a pillow should be placed in the lower back region to provide a flexion in the spine. Common Pilate's exercises include bending the knees, stretching the legs and holding the knees to the chest. These exercises must be performed under the supervision of a trained professional to avoid further injury to the spine.
Lumbar spine stenosis exercises.
Article published February 4th, 2011
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