For countless people who suffer the agonizing pain associated with Spinal Stenosis, the treatment option that is presented time and time again is surgery. While a very common practice, not only is surgery not a guarantee that symptoms will be alleviated, but for some patients the pain is even worse after having a surgical procedure. But today, other forms of treatment that are non-invasive and have fast and long- lasting results are available. Chiropractic Nuerology is one option that is gaining ground due to the success rate for patients.
What exactly is spinal stenosis? Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces in the spine that places pressure on the spinal cord and/ or nerve roots. This disorder usually involves the narrowing of one or more of three areas of the spine: (1) the canal in the center of the column of bones (vertebral or spinal column) through which the spinal cord and nerve roots run, (2) the canals at the base or roots of nerves branching out from the spinal cord, or (3) the openings between vertebrae (bones of the spine) through which nerves leave the spine and go to other parts of the body. The narrowing may involve a small or large area of the spine and pressure on the lower part of the spinal cord or on nerve roots branching out from that area causes pain and/or numbness in the legs. Pressure on the upper part of the spinal cord (that is, the neck area) may produce similar symptoms in the shoulders, or even the legs (see figs.1, 2, and 3).
While some people inherit spinal stenosis, others acquire the disorder due to other conditions such as scoliosis or arthritis. Degenerative in nature, spinal stenosis develops during the gradual aging process. Both men and women suffer from the disorder, most commonly after the age of 50, although it is possible for younger people who suffer injury to the spine or are born with a narrowing of the spinal canal to have spinal stenosis. As with most medical conditions, diagnosis is made through a thorough medical exam, including a complete medical history and physical exam. Many times an Xray or MRI is performed to get a better look at the spine and to rule out other conditions.
The trend toward surgery as the most common treatment for spinal stenosis seems to be changing as more doctors suggest alternative care such as chiropractic treatments for patients. Chiropractic care focuses on realigning the spine and nervous system to restore the proper balance to all the body’s systems. By utilizing practices that balance the nervous system, the joints are able to move freely again, many times resulting in the reduction of the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. The gentle but thorough care given through Chiropractic Neurology seeks to open the spinal canal space, therefor relieving the pain. Targeted excercises that work in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments have also shown measured success.
As with any patient and course of treatment, there are many factors at play that are specific to each patient. A chiropractic neuorlogist is trained to effectively tailor care plans to each person’s individual needs, rather than offering a general treatment option such as drugs or sugery, adding to the success rate for patients. If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, or think you may be experiencing symptoms, and would like to explore the non-invasive treatment options that Chiropractic Neurology care provides, please contact us today at 770-664-4288.