Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

So you were diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Well the fact that you are on this page is the first step in helping yourself!

The word stenosis simply refers to a narrowing of any canal, in this case in the spinal canal which can cause serious pain or numbness and tingling, muscle dysfunction such as weakness, or affect the higher level autonomic functions of the body.

Some people, a very small population, are born with a congenital form of spinal stenosis, however the majority of individuals develop it over time due to the physically stressful nature of their jobs, severe trauma, or other day to day stresses that breakdown the body over a long period of time.

This narrowing can occur in many different portions of the spine but typically affect the cervical spine or the lumbar spine.


Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

If you are experiencing lumbar stenosis, we are talking about areas that affect structures of the lower back. The spinal nerve roots, those nerves that branch off of the spinal cord and exit out to the rest of the body, become compressed in the canals that they are exiting. Many times patients will experience symptoms of Sciatica-numbness and tingling and possibly weakness that radiates from the low back and down the back side of the legs, sometimes all the way to the feet especially during periods of activity.

Many times patients will report that their symptoms are exacerbated by walking but are relieved when sitting. This is because the effects of gravity on the body lessen and the areas between the joints are less compressed allowing those nerves and arteries extending out of the spine more room to breathe and more room to properly function.

Sometimes you may experience vascular insufficiency, or reduced blood flow, into the lower portions of the legs. This can lead to further weakness or tiredness in the legs with walking or pain in the legs.

The segments most often affected with spinal stenosis in the low back are between the L3-L4 and L4-L5 vertebral levels.


Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis in the cervical spine refers to the canals in the neck that are narrowed and thus are causing compression on the spinal nerves exiting out of the neck. Due to how close the neck is to the brain and brainstem, stenosis in this region of the spine can lead to severe problems such as weakness or even paralysis if the severity of the stenosis is high. This may result in surgical intervention if anyone experiencing stenosis develops any number of signs of spinal cord compression.

If you are suffering from stenosis there is a good possibility that we can help you. Our chiropractic treatment focuses on correction of normal structure and biomechanics of the spine. When your spine is in good alignment the stresses of the everyday activities do not change, however your body is much better equipped to handle them. Just like a car when your body is out of alignment it wears faster than when proper alignment is present.This proper alignment will reduce the stress on the discs as well as the nerves exiting out of the spine and can prevent further damage as well as reduce the neurological stress and symptoms related to it that you are experiencing.. Don’t wait until[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pinched Nerve

Pinched Nerve?

So you feel like you have a pinched nerve. You might have severe pain in a certain area of the spine that can feel sharp with certain movements. You may also be suffering from numbness and tingling or pain radiating down your arm or leg. A pinched nerve may also cause some weakness in one or more areas of the body.

Understanding how chiropractic services can help bring relief to a pinched nerve

So what is a pinched nerve? Well a nerve does not actually get pinched. Despite the name a pinched nerve actually refers to a peripheral nerve(a nerve exiting contained anywhere outside of the spinal cord) that is compressed or irritated by another tissue or fluid such as inflammation which accounts for the symptoms you are experiencing.

Causes of a pinched nerve

Many times a pinched nerve can be caused by a herniated disc somewhere in the spine. In the lower spine, a herniated or prolapsed disc may cause pressure on the nerve roots exiting out of the spine. This type of injury can result in lower back pain, or in many cases cause symptoms of sciatica. Sciatica symptoms include, but are not limited to, numbness and tingling down the leg or even weakness in the lower extremities of the body.

Symptoms of a pinched nerve

Likewise, if you are experiencing the symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck you may experience pain, numbness or tingling, or weakness down the arms. Many of our patients come in complaining of carpal tunnel syndrome. Many times they have numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers. In this case, many times the problem does not actually exist in the hand or fingers, but the real problem is coming from irritation to the nerves exiting out of the neck. In other cases the symptoms may come from irritation to those same nerves in areas of the shoulder or elbow. It is important to not just look at the areas that you are experiencing your symptoms because many times the real problem does not exist in the same place. Think of what symptoms you hear about with a heart attack; pain in the shoulder for instance. If we focused on treating your shoulder we would be significantly missing a much bigger problem!

Relief from a pinched nerve with chiropractic care

Many times with rest, ice, and stretching, and conservative chiropractic care, the acute symptoms of a pinched nerve can resolve in days or weeks. What happens however is we neglect the underlying cause of the issue. These issues can come back, often times more frequently or more intense as the episodes go on. Sometimes the effects of this irritation on these nerves over time can lead to surgery!

Treating the cause of your problems not merely the symptoms

At Inspire Chiropractic and Wellness, we focus on treating the cause of your problems, not merely the symptoms. When the spine is out of alignment it can cause pressure or stress on the nerves exiting out of the spinal cord which ultimately can lead to problems such as a pinched nerve. Everyday our bodies are subject to small and large traumas, from sitting too long, sleeping on uncomfortable beds, or major traumas like slips and falls or car accidents that put stress on her spine and the nerves exiting out of the spine. This stress on the spine may cause symptoms, but you may not feel any symptoms at all! This is because only 10% of all of the nerves in our body are sensory nerves. This means that we can only feel about 10% of what is being disrupted in the body! By the time you start to FEEL symptoms, many times the problem has been going on for some time!

Our focus with chiropractic care is to remove this stress on the spine and nerves exiting out of the spine to get you feeling better, but more importantly to ensure that your body is functioning at its optimal level BEFORE these problems or symptoms arise. By removing this day to day stress, the wear and tear we put on our bodies on a daily basis, we can keep you feeling good but more importantly, functioning well!

Schedule  an appointment today to see how chiropractic care can get you feeling like yourself again so you can get back to enjoying the activities you have been missing out on!

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Sciatic Relief
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Frozen shoulder treatment
Although the onset of the injury can be slow, with treatment in our office we can get you back to your activities quickly. Our office utilizes techniques to break up the scar tissue in the shoulder and start the process of rehabilitating normal mobility in the shoulder so that symptoms of pain and decreased movement start to get better fast.

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