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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Bootcamp Ottawa

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a serious and debilitating condition. Affecting mostly seniors, it is caused by progressive degenerative osteoarthritis in the lower spine. It is a painful condition that results in progressively worsening pain in the buttock and leg. Lumbar spinal stenosis can affect the circulation of blood to the nerves, severely limiting a person’s ability to stand up straight or to walk for any distance.

Although there is currently no known cure, some patients have experienced benefit from surgical intervention. However, for many, it is too risky due to the patient’s advanced age or health history. As the disease is progressive, even positive surgical results may diminish over time.

The original Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Bootcamp was developed by Dr. Carlo Ammendolia at Toronto’s Mount Sinai hospital. Dr. Ammendolia is a world-renown researcher in the non- surgical treatment of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. This research-based program has significant benefits to patients who are unable to walk longer than 5 to 25 minutes due to severe pain.

This life-changing program of prescribed physical activity and specialized physical mobilizations enables our graduates to significantly increase their ability to walk pain-free.

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The Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Bootcamp is a unique six-week program that focuses on improving functionality. Twice weekly, the chiropractor implements a program of care that focuses on mobilizing the lumbar spine in order to enhance joint function and mobility, in conjunction with various soft tissue techniques. Twice daily, the patient performs specific exercises to restore weak back and leg muscles. When combined with body alignment strategies, this assists in the reduction of compressed nerves when standing and walking.

The primary outcome is increased mobility, as measured with a weekly pedometer step test. Results show that patients can significantly increase the number of steps they can take before they must rest. This enables patients to take control of their condition by learning to live more effectively with lumbar spinal stenosis through self-management strategies.

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