Have you been told that you have spinal stenosis? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from spinal stenosis each day, and it’s the number one reason people over 65 years old have spine surgery.
Spinal stenosis describes the compression, or pinching, of your spinal cord, and it can occur due to a disc herniation, bone spur, or ligament overgrowth. These changes are often associated with osteoarthritis of the spine. Osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear type of arthritis, happens as we get older which is why stenosis tends to affect older people more.
Spinal stenosis can occur in the neck or lower back. In the neck, it can cause symptoms anywhere further down in your body. Low back or lumbar stenosis causes symptoms in the back or legs only. The good news? Drugs and surgery are not the only way to find relief from stenosis in the neck or back.
Stenosis makes moving difficult
For many, the most significant challenge associated with spinal stenosis is the decreased ability to get up and move. Severe pinching in your neck can cause issues with your arms and legs. One of the best ways to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis is to open up the spinal canal and take the pressure off the nerves and spinal cord. Many chiropractic and physio techniques focus on decreasing the pressure on your spinal cord, which can help to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis.
- Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through it.
- Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by degenerative changes in the spine related to osteoarthritis.
- Relief can often be found through a combination of building strength in the muscles supporting the spine and improving the flexibility and stability of the spine with chiropractic care.
What to do if you think you have stenosis?
After beginning chiropractic care, many patients report an improvement in their overall quality of life. They notice a decrease in their symptoms and the ability to walk further without pain.
If you have been slowed down by spinal stenosis, don’t hesitate to schedule an evaluation with us. Our expert team of chiropractors and physiotherapists is here to guide you towards the best treatment options so you can find relief.
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Spinal Stenosis. The Mayo Clinic. 2020.