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Stenosis and Leg Pain

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Stenosis and Leg Pain

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the pain you feel in your legs may actually be caused by a problem in your spine called stenosis. As we age, areas of the spinal column can become pinched or narrowed, resulting in the constriction and irritation of nerves surrounding the spine. This may result in a variety of problems, including pain or numbness in the back, shoulders, arms and the legs. In its most severe form, spinal stenosis can have a dire effect on bowel and bladder function.
Stenosis Symptoms
The most common kind of stenosis affects the lower spine. When the nerves in this area are compressed, a condition called pseudoclaudication occurs, whereby a pain or cramp you feel in your legs when you walk downhill improves when you stand still.A herniated disk can also narrow your spinal canal and compress nerves in your lower spine, leading to pain that starts in your hip or buttocks and extends down the back of your leg. This pain is worse when you sit and generally affects only one side.
What is the solution?
Surgery can help in extreme cases, but symptoms often return years later due to continued degeneration of the spine. Unfortunately, postoperative pain may be even worse than the initial discomfort caused by the stenosis.

We can design a series of exercises to help you strengthen and stabilize the spine, enhance your flexibility and release tension in tight muscles.

By following such a program, hopefully you will be walking pain free before you know it!

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Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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