Top 5 Exercises For Spinal Stenosis

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Unfortunately, the natural course of medical treatment for many patients with Spinal Stenosis typically ends in surgery.  

Our patients need to know that long-term outcome studies show patients who get surgery compared with those who get conservative treatment have similar outcomes. 

Here's a few excerpts from this week's Patient Education Article on Spinal Stenosis:

"Seeing that you have a good likelihood of improving with conservative treatment and a good likelihood of NOT worsening over time, it makes good sense to try conservative treatment first – and to give it all you’ve got. There’s always the option for surgery later, and even then, outcomes are good."

"Improving your mobility – not only in the lumbar region, but in surrounding body regions, as well – can dramatically improve your function."

"Exercise has positive, symptom-reducing effects and is very important in the plan of care for Spinal Stenosis."

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Mentoring Minutes: Three Key Movement Tests for Low Back Pain

Welcome to PhysioU’s Mentoring Minutes! Each episode of Mentoring Minutes directly applies a clinical approach with relevant research for effective results.

Research shows that those with chronic low back pain can have impaired lumbopelvic control.  In today’s episode of Mentoring Minutes, Dr. Marshall Lemoine will be talking about how you can utilize prone knee bend, prone hip external rotation, and quadruped shoulder flexion in your assessment of lumbopelvic control and what you can do to treat these patients.

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Mentoring Minutes: Low Back Pain Classification

Welcome to PhysioU’s Mentoring Minutes! Each episode of Mentoring Minutes directly applies a clinical approach with relevant research for effective results.

In today’s episode of Mentoring Minutes, Dr. Marshall Lemoine will be talking about classifying low back pain according to the movement system guidelines.  Watch the video to see the seven primary tests of the lumbar spine and their secondary tests to put the lumbar spine in a more neutral position!

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Core Strengthening For Low Back Pain

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You've heard mixed reviews of whether core strengthening is a viable option for treating and/or preventing low back pain in your patients...

The truth is, it's one of many treatment options, and not necessarily more effective than others...

That said...in my book, learning to properly activate the core along with improving core endurance and strength, is an absolute necessity for improving your patients' function.  

Here is an article that puts 'core strengthening' in simple, relatable terms - with evidence to back it. There's also easy-to-follow instructions and videos for abdominal bracing and other exercises...

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Mentoring Minutes: Cervical Mobility Deficits

Welcome to PhysioU’s Mentoring Minutes! Each episode of Mentoring Minutes directly applies a clinical approach with relevant research for effective results.

Research shows that neck pain can be related to mobility deficits.  In today’s episode of Mentoring Minutes, Dr. Marshall Lemoine will be discussing different assessment and treatment strategies to improve neck mobility!

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Is Spinal Manipulation Right For You?

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Do you implement spinal manipulation with your any of your low back pain patients? 

Many of our patients have preconceived beliefs about spinal manipulation - some swear by it while others are afraid of it.

Some are regulars at their chiropractors while others have never had low back pain until now.  

Each and every patient we treat, we must educate about what it is we are providing them. Especially when it comes to something like spinal manipulation.

When safety is a concern, when pain is acute, when outcomes are uncertain, our job is to educate to provide evidence and clarity. 

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What Can You Do For Neck Pain Radiating to the Arm?

Pain, numbness, burning, tingling, weakness...Cervical Radiculopathy can be a scary diagnosis for your patients.

How can you incorporate better education into their treatment?

Remember, they haven't been through PT school, they don't know all that we do about different treatments and outcomes...

For them, in addition to pain, this numbness, tingling, and weakness is uncomfortable, unknown, and unsettling...all of which can illicit a fear response, which we know can perpetuate the condition. 

Here is a post all about What Cervical Radiculopathy is and the best treatment options that yield the best results....

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Whiplash Treatment: Exercise & Advice

Whiplash injuries are the most common injury following a car accident.

Many Whiplash patients get better with time – usually within 2 to 3 weeks of the injury. Current research, however, is showing that about 50% of people still complain of neck pain even one year after the injury. One study even found that 58% of patients report having symptoms 30 months after.

Although there are a plethora of different treatment options we can offer patients with Whiplash Associated Disorders, the evidence suggests that prescribing basic exercise and giving simple advice early on yields the best outcomes...

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Mentoring Minutes: Baker’s Cyst Part 2

Welcome to PhysioU’s Mentoring Minutes! Each episode of Mentoring Minutes directly applies a clinical approach with relevant research for effective results.

In a previous episode of Mentoring Minutes, we learned about Baker’s Cyst and the associated common impairments.  In today’s episode of Mentoring Minutes, Dr. Marshall Lemoine will be discussing mobilization strategies and more treatment ideas to help effectively rehab a patient with Baker’s Cyst!  

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The newest Mentoring Minutes get posted on Facebook every Monday.  If you are not on Facebook, you can find most of our videos on YouTube.  See you next week!