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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Bootcamp Ottawa

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is a serious debilitating condition, affecting mostly Seniors, 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 cause neurogenic claudication, which affects the circulation of blood to the nerves, severely limiting a person’s ability to stand up straight or to walk for any distance. This life-changing program of prescribed physical activity and specialized physical mobilizations enables our graduates to significantly increase their ability to walk pain-free.

Although there is currently no known cure, some patients have experienced benefit from surgical intervention. However, most patients will not forego the surgery as they are unqualified, or it is too risky due to their advanced age or health history. As the disease is progressive, even positive surgical results may diminish over time.

The Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Bootcamp was developed by Dr. Carlo Ammendolia, D.C., Ph.D. 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 5-25 minutes due to severe pain.

Dr. Dirk Keenan’s article on the Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Bootcamp can be found in the Canadian Chiropractor.

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Get Back to Being You

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. The patient can take control of their condition by learning to live more effectively with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis through self-management strategies.

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