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 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 >>