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Physiotherapeutic Challenges in Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Review

Saurabh Kumar, Narkeesh A


Background: Lumbar spinal stenosis is one of the most common diseases in the elderly. It is characterized by narrowing of the spinal canal creating compression of the neural structures causing a constellation of symptoms that may include low back pain, lower extremity radiculopathy, neurogenic claudication, and gait impairment. LSS is the most frequent reason for spinal surgery in elderly people. But knowledge about the effectiveness, in particular of the conservative treatments, is scarce. There is some evidence that integrated intensive physiotherapy approach improves sign and symptoms in these patients. Thus, this study emphasizes to find out the role of physiotherapy in challenge with the management of Lumbar spinal stenosis.

Aim and Objectives:  The aim is to concise the view of various studies about the effect of integrated physiotherapy approach in lumbar spinal stenosis by reviewing the articles.

Methodology: This is a review to illustrate outcome of comprehensive physiotherapeutic measures in lumbar spinal stenosis. Articles are collected from various databases like Google Scholar, PubMed, biomed, JAMA and by studying all these articles review are being made.

Result and Conclusion: There is some evidence from the literature which suggest that integrated physiotherapeutic approach is much more beneficial in lumbar spinal stenosis in comparison with single therapeutic approach. Integrated physiotherapy approaches like exercises therapy, electro therapy & functional activity.



Keywords: Exercise therapy, lumbar spinal stenosis, neurogenic claudication, electro therapy, core muscle strengthening

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Saurabh Kumar, Narkeesh A. Physiotherapeutic Challenges in Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis- A Review. Research and Reviews: Journal of Neuroscience. 2017; 7(2): 6–12p.

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