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I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH SPINAL STENOSIS AND HAVE BACK PAIN, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Spinal stenosis is a condition where the nerves in your spine are encroached by the soft tissue around it. It may or may not cause pain. Pain usually starts from the nerve being impinged; this in turn causes the musculature around the nerve to become tight in an effort to guard the area, which then results in increased pain due to further impingement on the nerve. Usually the person with stenosis walks slightly bent forward, this position seems to alleviate the pain, by opening the space for the nerves to exit the spine.
Your doctor may give you anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and pain medications and/or prescribe you physical therapy treatment. In physical therapy, we can help you by working on the tight musculature to help decrease tightness, which in turn reduces the impinging on the nerves, postural exercises and strengthening exercises of weakened musculature. The benefits of physical therapy are longer lasting than those of medications because in addition to relieving the pain you currently have, you are educated on how to prevent further pain and maintain your back strong.
I HAVE BURSITIS OF THE HIP, WHAT CAN I DO TO ALLEVIATE IT?
The bursa is a sac laid on the lateral side of the femur (hipbone) and a band of soft tissue called the Iliotibial band that crosses over it. When this bursa gets inflamed, it could be very painful. One way to reduce the inflammation of the bursa is to apply cold compresses to the painful site for 10 to 15 minutes, two or three times a day. It is also very helpful if you lay on the opposite site of where you have the bursitis and let the affected leg hang off the side of the bed, this will stretch the Iliotibial band, which is usually very tight when you have bursitis. These are simple to follow suggestions. We treat patients with bursitis in the office quite often with excellent results and will be happy to assist you if you need to.
DO YOU HAVE RATES FOR PATIENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes, we do. Please call us to discuss how we can best help you.
WHEN I GO TO YOUR OFFICE DO I SHARE MY TIME WITH OTHER PATIENTS OR DO I HAVE A THERAPIST WHO WORKS WITH ME AT ALL TIMES AND MAKES SURE THE EXERCISES I AM DOING ARE BEING DONE RIGHT?
We only see one patient at a time, so you will have a dedicated therapist to work with you and make sure that every exercise is done correctly.
DO YOUR APPOINTMENTS RUN ON TIME OR DO I HAVE TO WAIT?
We run on time. We give you an appointment time and you are seen at that time. Usually treatment lasts for one hour.
DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH STROKE PATIENTS?
Our therapists have extensive experience in treating Stroke patients. Our Physical therapists are NDT certified in the treatment of the adult hemiplegic patient and brain injured patient. All of our therapists are experienced in NDT, Motor learning and motor control techniques, PNF and, neurodevelopmental techniques and the application of facilitatory and inhibitory techniques, all of which are the basis to an integrated approach to Stroke rehabilitation.