If you've been by our clinic at all in the past year or so, you must have heard us talk with a lot of enthusiasm about offering a program aimed to help people self-manage their lumbar spinal stenosis. Called the Stenosis "Boot Camp", it was developed right here at the Mt. Sinai Hospital. It is an intensive program training sessions. Patients learn, and perform, a progression of exercises and are taught body positioning techniques over a six week period. During those six weeks, patients also receive manual therapy care. To keep up their improvements, patients must keep up their exercises for life.
The program has been researched and published, and the published results are quite favorable. Today, the Toronto Star featured an article about the program and it's lead researcher. Read more here: Toronto Star Lumbar Stenosis
The program was initially only offered in downtown Toronto at Mt. Sinai Hospital as part of the study. Patients can now access the Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Boot Camp program from a number of trained practitioners, including right here at our clinic in North York.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common reason for spinal surgery in older adults. While this program can not, and does not, cure stenosis, it can give some people the tools to manage their stenosis and reduce the associated disability. If you know someone with lumbar spinal stenosis, encourage them to take action now.