Some good exercises for lumbar spinal stenosis are bicycling, stretching, swimming, tai chi and core-strengthening exercises, states Spine-health. These activities and exercises can be part of a physical therapy program for patients with lumbar stenosis. The goals of physical therapy are to strength muscles, improve overall range of motion and minimize pain associated with this condition.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition in which there is narrowing in the spinal canal, leading to lower back and leg pain or leg weakness. A nonsurgical treatment option is a physical therapy program that includes lumbar and abdominal-strengthening exercises, states the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Similarly, stretching exercises may also alleviate joint stress, notes WebMD. Walking and bicycling are activities that can be useful for overall physical conditioning. Swimming or aquatic exercises in a pool may be appropriate forms of exercises that do not place stress on the spine area. Pelvic tilts and exercises that strengthen the legs are also good for this condition.
Patients with lumbar stenosis may also join a gym and work with a trainer on core strengthening, stability and endurance exercises. However, any form of high impact exercises should be avoided, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Although exercises are an important part of physical therapy for lumbar stenosis, other methods include using heat/ice therapy and massage. When physical therapy does not relieve the symptoms, other treatment options are medication, injections or surgery.