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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Exercise Prescription

Hammerich, Amy Stone PT, DPT, PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2014 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - p 108–116
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000010
Therapeutic Exercise

Chronic low back pain diagnosed as lumbar spinal stenosis is a debilitating condition that leads to pain with activity and resultant activity limitation. Lumbar spinal stenosis and the prevalence of other common geriatric comorbidities can complicate exercise testing and prescription in older adults. However, appropriately prescribed exercise that is individually dosed can produce gains in aerobic fitness, muscular strength, mobility, functional task performance, and quality of life. Physical therapists are uniquely qualified to evaluate physical function in individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis and provide individualized exercise prescriptions that can improve functional outcomes, physical activity behaviors, and overall participation in the community.

School of Physical Therapy, Regis University, Denver, Colorado.

Correspondence: Amy Stone Hammerich, PT, DPT, PhD, School of Physical Therapy, Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd G-4, Denver, CO 80221 (

The author of this study has no known conflicts of interest with the submission of this work.

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