The effects of aging and gravity are not always kind to your spine, and one of the conditions that limits mobility and increases pain is spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis means that your spinal canal, which contains your spinal cord, is narrowing. Spinal stenosis has a variety of causes, including:
The pain of spinal stenosis comes from the limited room in your spinal column creating pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that run into and out of it. You can feel the effect of these pinched nerves in your back, arms and legs. If you have spinal stenosis near your neck, looking up or lifting above your head becomes painful. Standing and walking become painful with spinal stenosis of the lower back.
Some of the common symptoms of spinal stenosis that you should discuss with your chiropractor include:
Sitting or lying in a fetal position can ease the pain by opening up your spinal canal, but who wants to live like that?
Do not put off investigating the symptoms of spinal stenosis with your chiropractor. At Stouffville Health Centre, we perform a thorough assessment and history to rule out other causes for your pain and mobility problems, such as a herniated disc or sciatica. An accurate diagnosis is vital to the appropriate treatment.
Surgery for spinal stenosis can leave scar tissue that can worsen the condition. Anti-inflammatory medications work temporarily. Exercises must be the correct ones to avoid further spinal injury.
At our Stouffville chiropractic clinic, non-surgical spinal decompression is preferable because it is both non-invasive and focused on long-term rehabilitation. We invite you to schedule a consultation with us for an assessment and to discuss the possible positive outcomes of spinal decompression for spinal stenosis, including: