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The purpose of physical therapy is to decrease pain and allow you to
gradually return to your normal activities. Physical therapy for
spinal stenosis involves treatment with physical or
mechanical means, such as through exercise or heat. Physical therapy may reduce
pain in the soft tissues (such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons), improve
function, and build muscle strength. A physical therapist provides these
treatments and will also provide education, instruction, and support for
Physical therapy techniques may include:
Exercises and techniques that may help relieve symptoms of spinal
stenosis and prevent progression of the condition include:
Your doctor or a physical therapist will design a
program specific to your normal level of activity, physical fitness, and
severity of pain.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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