Physical Therapy for Spinal Stenosis

Dr. Lambros Lambrou Apr 07, 2015

On April 6, 2015, the Annals of Internal Medicine published online an article by A. Delitto, PT, PhD, who conducted a randomized controlled trial of Physical therapy vs surgical treatment of patients with spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal nerves or spinal cord become compressed by a narrow canal or channel. This can happen at multiple levels in the spine or at a single level. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include pain when walking more than a few minutes, pain which is relieved by sitting down or leaning on a shopping cart.

The results of the study show that at two years, surgical decompression showed no differences compared with the group that underwent evidence-based physical therapy.

This study is good news for anyone interested in non-surgical treatment options for chronic back pain due to spinal stenosis.

Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine offers an alternative treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS), the mild® procedure. Request an appointment today.

Ref: Ann Intern Med. 2015; 162(7): 465-473