Spinal Stenosis

May 13, 2019


I have unfortunately just been diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis. I have yet to see a spinal surgeon, but will be doing so in a week. As a very regular gym goer however I am eager to get some sort of remedial exercise / physio programme advice (so I can get back to some form of physical exercise).

My key question is whether it is too early to have physio or indeed physio advice (I am currently experiencing a lot of consistent pain)? Would Six Physio be able to help treat the condition at this stage?

Thank you,


May 13, 2019

Hi Paul

Spinal stenosis is an un necessarily scary word – there is a big percentage of people, of varying ages, who have this diagnosis but yet have no symptoms at all. Just as it’s also a pretty normal and pain free ageing process.

What I’m trying to say is that your diagnosis may not be the cause of your symptoms – it’s not what you’ve been diagnosed with, but it is what you’re doing to your back. Sure, some people have issues with stenosis (especially with age) but…..

So, to answer your query – yes, absolutely now is the right time to start a course, but also be rest assured if we think that we can’t help (yet) for any reason, we’ll let you know sooner rather than later.

Paul replied:

Thanks for response. I have had the MRI which shows stenosis and have a lot of symptoms (extreme pain, significant difficulty in walking etc) so in all likelihood it is that that is causing the issues.

The Guru responds…

Certainly sounds like it.

However, there still maybe lots of active intervention possible. Treat the man not the scan….

The Guru

Guru Responded

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