Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Spinal stenosis is caused by narrowing of the spinal canal. Common causes of this narrowing are physical problems with the spine or changes in the spine as a result of aging. Narrowing of the spinal canal can impact many parts of the spine, including vertebrae, disks, ligaments, joints, and nerve roots.

Spinal Stenosis Patient Testimonial

When my back “went out” last August, I experienced the most excruciating pain in my life for at least two weeks straight. I felt paralyzed the first two weeks and could hardly move; I could not sit or stand or lie in bed without pain. At the time, I did not really “believe” in chiropractors, mainly because I was ignorant of how they operate. But I went to see Dr. Bowman of the Fairlawn Tuck Chiropractic Clinic as the nearest and speediest hope for relief of pain and recovery. He took x-rays (which were also later used by an orthopedic surgeon, who verified what Dr. Bowman told me).

I now have the highest regard for Dr. Bowman and his staff. Not only was the pain reduced substantially almost immediately, but the therapeutic spinal manipulations got me moving again fast. Dr. Bowman explained exactly what he was doing. Soon he provided exercises to strengthen the muscles of my lower back, and these I do religiously. The improvement is almost beyond belief.

–Dr. Louis Gallo, Fairlawn Patient

What causes spinal stenosis?

Sufferers of spinal stenosis are typically over age 50 because the condition often occurs as a result of calcifying ligaments in the spine or enlarged bones and joints due to aging. Some form of spinal degeneration is observed in 95 percent of people by age 50.

Some people are born with spinal stenosis, and it can occur in younger people who suffer a spinal injury. It also can occur as the result of scoliosis.

Other causes of spinal stenosis include:

  • Arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, which causes bone degeneration, or rheumatoid arthritis, which causes painful inflammation in the joints
  • Tumors of the spine
  • Paget’s disease of bone, which causes enlarged or abnormal bones

Symptoms of spinal stenosis:

Spinal stenosis may or may not cause symptoms, but common symptoms of spinal stenosis include:

  • Numbness or pain in the legs due to pressure on the lower spinal cord or nerve roots branching out from the spinal cord
  • Numbness or pain in the neck or shoulders due to pressure on the upper part of the spinal cord
  • Sciatica
  • Cramping and limping
  • Muscle weakness and spasms
  • Lower back pain

In severe cases, stenosis can also interfere with bowel and bladder function.

How to get relief from symptoms of spinal stenosis:

Home exercises, coupled with chiropractic care, may be effective for spinal stenosis patients. Exercises that focus specifically on the lower back, the stomach muscles, and general muscle strengthening may be helpful.

Tuck Chiropractic Treatment of Spinal Stenosis:

SPINAL MANIPULATION

While severe spinal stenosis is often treatable only with surgery, mild and moderate cases of spinal stenosis have been shown to benefit significantly from chiropractic care. After determining the extent of your condition, your chiropractor will typically perform spinal manipulation to reduce painful symptoms and restore proper joint function.

EXCERCISES

Your chiropractor may recommend home exercises, which may be effective for spinal stenosis patients.Exercises that focus specifically on the lower back, the stomach muscles, and general muscle strengthening may be helpful.

BEGIN WITH CONSERVATIVE CARE

While spinal stenosis is not curable, chiropractic is a noninvasive, conservative alternative to traditional medical treatment, which can include pain-relieving drugs and surgery.

The current standard of practice for spinal stenosis recommends six to twelve weeks of conservative care, such as chiropractic, prior to a surgical consult.

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