Chiropractic Care and Spinal Stenosis

May 7, 2014

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows, either from degeneration due to age, disease, an arthritic condition or trauma to the spine. In patients with lumbar stenosis, the bottom portion of the spine narrows, which affects the nerves located in that area, often leading to sciatica. The tightening of the canal causes compression in the nerves, which can lead to lower back, buttocks and leg pain, as well as weakness and numbness in the legs — all of which are exacerbated by activity. These nerves also innervate the prostate, kidneys, bladder and sexual organs so they can be affected as well. In patients with cervical stenosis, the actual spinal cord becomes compressed in the neck area, which can lead to a whole host of afflictions varying in severity up to and including paralysis.

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In cases of severe or progressive spinal stenosis, surgery may be required to treat the symptoms. Although the outcome is generally satisfactory, it often has to be repeated over time due to the degenerative nature of stenosis. Since surgery alters the body permanently, it is always best to leave surgical procedures to the spine as a last resort.

The holistic and natural approach of chiropractic care has proven effective at reducing pain caused by nerve pressure and improving mobility in patients with spinal stenosis. Your doctor of chiropractic may employ several strategies to help relieve the symptoms you experience. At your first appointment, the chiropractor will perform a complete analysis to determine the areas that are being affected and will come up with a care plan designed for your situation. Most often, your care plan will include spinal adjustments, possibly some traction to increase the space between your joints, as well as exercise and other health information to improve health.

Although there is no cure, regular chiropractic care can reduce nerve and spinal cord pressure which helps restore your mobility without invasive techniques or potentially harmful drugs. The bottom line is if you’re suffering from the symptoms of spinal stenosis, you might want to try removing nerve pressure with gentle and specific chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Lifecare of America can help you save up to 50 percent on chiropractic care, so call 800.775.7900, or contact us today.

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