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