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Do You Have Numbness and Tingling in Your Legs or Feet? It May Be Spinal Stenosis.

Peripheral neuropathy can cause foot and leg tingling, and be a sign of worse things to come.Peripheral Neuropathy - Foot Leg Tingling

Are you suffering from pain, numbness or tingling in your legs or feet?
It might actually be a problem in your low back, even if you don’t have back pain. Symptoms such as these that radiate down the legs may be from a condition called spinal stenosis.

What is Spinal Stenosis?
Injuries or age-related changes to the discs that lie between the vertebrae can cause degeneration and loss of disc height.  Over time, this results in decreased space between the vertebrae, causing pressure on the nerves where they exit the spine.  Repeated or prolonged compression on the nerves in the lower region of the spine can cause symptoms anywhere from the low back to the toes.  These symptoms include pain, decreased sensation to hot and cold, and numbness or tingling.  The symptoms of spinal stenosis typically get worse with standing or walking (which causes narrowing of the spinal canal) and decrease upon sitting (which causes opening of the spinal canal).

Treatment for Spinal Stenosis
The good news is that these symptoms can be improved or even resolved with proper physical therapy. A good physical therapist will identify any strength and flexibility imbalances that exist around your spine and address those deficiencies with proper exercises. Core stabilization activities are especially effective for people with spinal stenosis. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, try the exercises shown in this handout.

Belmar Physical Therapy Can Help
If your symptoms are persistent and you live in the Denver or Lakewood, CO area, our physical therapists can design a treatment program to meet your specific needs. Call Belmar Physical Therapy at (303) 274-2404 to get started on the path to resolving your symptoms.  Or click here to email us your questions >>

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Low Back Pain? Consumer Reports Survey Supports Physical Therapy as an Effective Treatment.

Physical Therapy ranks among the top treatment choices of their readers with back pain, according to a new Consumer Reports survey of more than 14,000 Americans who experience the condition. The report also recommends manual therapy (spinal manipulation) and exercise for low back pain. Physical therapists perform both of these types of treatments regularly. In fact, many of the studies supporting spinal manipulation and exercise for low back pain have been published by physical therapists.

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More and more studies are showing that physical therapy is a great first choice treatment for low back pain.  Here are just a few:

  • Physical Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease (common cause of low back pain)
  • Physical Therapy Exercises For Low Back Pain
  • Predicting patients that will benefit from spinal manipulation by a physical therapist

If you are interested in highly effective low back pain treatment contact Belmar Physical Therapy at (303) 274-2404, or click here to email us >>

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Low Back Pain? See a physical therapist sooner rather than later for better results.

Increased co-pays and deductibles have resulted in patients delaying treatment for low back pain under the premise that the pain may go away on its own. 

Research now tells us that this philosophy may actually result in higher costs in the long run. 

A new study in the journal Spine found that patients that received physical therapy within the first 4 weeks of the onset of low back pain were less likely to receive epidural steroid injections, lumbar surgery, or frequent physician office visits in the year following their initial physician visit as compared with patients who received physical therapist treatment later.

If you have low back pain and are interested in effective and cost effective treatment contact Belmar Physical Therapy in Lakewood, CO at (303) 274-2404.

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What Are The Best Exercises For Low Back Pain?

This is a question I get asked a lot at various social gatherings.  A recent study supports our philosophy regarding exercises for low back pain.  This study concluded that “Motor Control Exercises” reduce persistent low back pain.
What Are “Motor Control Exercises” for Low Back Pain?Transversus Abdominus And Multifidus

First a little anatomy:
The lumbar spine has 2 major muscle groups. The deepest of these 2 groups is the “Inner Unit”. 
This group of muscles consists of the Transversus Abdominus and the Multifidus.  These muscles attach to each vertebrae in the low back and are responsible for controlling movement of these vertebra.  The second group of muscles called the “outer unit”  consists of the bigger more powerful muscles that go from the rib cage to the pelvis.  These muscles are responsible for moving the entire spine.

Studies have shown that during normal movement the “inner unit” contracts first to stabilize each vertebrae then the “outer unit” contracts to move the entire spine.  These same studies have shown us that when a person with low back pain moves the “inner unit” does not contract until after the movement starts to occur.  This late contraction results in uncontrolled movement and low back pain.

OK… Enough anatomy!  What Are Motor Control Exercises?
“Motor Control Exercises” restore the normal contraction pattern by first learning how to isolate the “inner unit”.  Next, the patient is taught to contract these muscles in different postures, then later in more challenging activities.  This type of program requires a skilled physical therapist with the ability to identify the problem muscles then work closely with the patient to teach them how to get the muscles working properly again.

Our Team at Belmar Physical Therapy are trained in this specific skill. If you live in the Lakewood, CO area and would like help alleviating persistent low back pain give us a call at (303) 274-2404 or email us here >>

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Low Back Pain Got You Down? Choose Your Physical Therapy Clinic Wisely.

In order to cut costs many physical therapy clinics who treat low back pain are utilizing non-professional staff such as physical therapy assistants and aides to perform treatments.  We believe that this reduces the quality of care and leads to poorer outcomes.

A recent study of over 100 clinics that treated over 16,000 patients with low back pain supports our belief.  This study found that the patients who received treatment by a licensed physical therapist had the best results (largest amount of pain reduction with fewer visits).  Patients seen in clinics where the care was delivered by a physical therapist assistant had worse outcomes with more visits and less pain relief!  Our health care dollars do not grow on trees thus the results of this study confirm that the appropriate choice to reduce your back pain and cut health care costs is to choose a clinic that does not utilize aides or assistants for treatment.

Read this article "Treatment of Patients with Low Back Pain" >>   Make the right decision in who you choose to help you improve your health and relieve pain!

If you live in the Lakewood or Denver metro area, contact Belmar Physical Therapy to discuss how one-on-one treatment with one of our physical therapists can help you manage your low back pain.

Contact us today for an evaluation >>  We will take the time to listen to your needs completely and get you on the path to recovery.

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