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

Peripheral Neuropathy - Foot Leg Tingling

Peripheral neuropathy can cause foot and leg tingling, and be a sign of worse things to come.

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 StenosisThe 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 HelpIf 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.

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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.

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 PainPredicting 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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Struggling with Muscle Pain? Try Dry Needling.

Levator Scapulae Trigger Point Pain Patter

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a procedure in which a needle, often an acupuncture needle, is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.

How Does Dry Needling Improve Function?

Dry Needling of muscular trigger points causes a reflexive relaxation of the involved muscle.Tiny injuries created by the needle insertion cause a local healing response in the dysfunctional, painful tissue, which restores normal function through the natural healing process.Dry Needling stimulates nerve pathways which block pain by disrupting pain messages being sent to the brain.Dry Needling causes a local chemical response through the release of substances which block the transmission of pain messages.

What Conditions May Benefit From Dry Needling?Dry Needling in combination with other physical therapy procedures has been shown to be of benefit with the following types of injuries:

Acute and chronic tendonitisAthletic and sports-related overuse injuriesPost-surgical painPost-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuriesChronic pain conditionsHeadaches and whiplashLower back pain

Dry Needling can be a powerful adjunctive treatment.  However, it is important to remember that Dry Needling is only one part of the treatment component at Belmar Physical Therapy. We also address biomechanical muscle imbalances, postural dysfunctions, muscular flexibility limitation, strength deficits, and swollen or stiff joints. Physical therapy treatment may include: joint mobilization, a carefully designed therapeutic exercise plan, and advanced hands-on therapy techniques. These will restore a patient’s optimal physical function. A multidimensional treatment approach is paramount for a successful recovery.

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