Physical Therapy

The physical therapists at the OHSU Spine Center have specialized training in prescribing the right exercises for spinal conditions. Your therapist tracks your progress with information designed to measure spine health. When you are confident that you can exercise on your own, we help you start exercising independently.

If you have spinal stenosis, you might have difficulty tolerating weight-bearing exercise such as walking. In physical therapy you will learn to exercise in ways that allow you to stay active and have less pain.

Exercise and training for spinal stenosis includes:

  • Pool exercise
  • Treadmill walking with your body weight supported
  • Strength and stretching exercises to improve your spine position and mechanics
  • Learning to move without putting stress on your spine
  • Pacing yourself in activities
  • Endurance training

As your tolerance for exercise goes up, you will probably notice improvement in your ability to do daily activities such as walking, grocery shopping or yard work.