Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a painful, ageing-associated lower back condition that’s commonly caused by degenerative arthritis. Individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis typically experience progressively worsening pain and limited mobility. This condition occurs when the spinal canals or the vertebral foramina become narrowed, leading to compression of the spinal cord or spinal nerves. This compression triggers substantial pain in the lower back, buttock and leg areas. Lumbar spinal stenosis can make walking unbearable and even impossible.
If you suspect you have lumbar spinal stenosis, get in touch with Ottawa Health: Performance and Rehabilitation today to get the care you need to start walking again.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Boot Camp
The Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Boot Camp is a brainchild of Dr. Carlo Ammendolia, a world-renown researcher whose focus is the non-surgical treatment of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. Dr. Ammendolia discovered that specific targeted therapies had significant benefits to patients who could not walk due to severe pain.
The Boot Camp was initially offered at Toronto Mount Sinai Hospital. This concept went on to gain immense popularity among professionals and patients seeking non-invasive interventions for lumbar spinal stenosis.
Improved Mobility Within Weeks
The boot camp relies on prescribed physical activity and specialized physical mobilizations to improve mobility in patients who find it nearly impossible to be on their feet.
Twice daily, the patient is required to engage in specific exercises that focus on restoring strength to weak back and leg muscles.
Twice weekly, our chiropractor performs adjustments and mobilizations that target the lumbar or lower spine. These manipulations improve joint function and mobility. We also rely on various soft tissue techniques to stimulate muscles, improve circulation and boost the body’s self-healing mechanism.
Over the course of six weeks, patients undergo intensive care that results in increased mobility. We keep an eye on the patient’s mobility using a weekly pedometer step test.
Besides offering hands-on care, we empower patients to take greater control of their condition by providing relevant information and advising on self-management strategies.
Are you or an older loved one finding it increasingly difficult to get around? You may be suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis. If it hurts to walk, then it’s time to call Ottawa Health: Performance and Rehabilitation for some much-needed personalized care.