Spinal stenosis occurs when your spinal column narrows and pressure is exerted where the spinal nerves leave the spinal column. It most commonly occurs in the neck or lower back, and can cause no symptoms or it can cause pain, tingling, muscle weakness, and numbness that can increase over time. Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis, but can also be the result of tumors or cysts, disc herniation, poor posture, past surgery, or thickened ligaments.
Did You Know?
The vast majority of individuals diagnosed with spinal stenosis are over the age of 50. Although spinal stenosis can affect individuals below the age of 50, this is rare unless the individual was born with a spinal condition that narrows their spinal canal or has suffered a prior spinal injury.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis can occur in the neck or in the lower back. You may have spinal stenosis in your neck if you are experiencing neck pain, problems with walking and balance, bowel or bladder dysfunction, or numbness and weakness in your hands, arms, feet, or legs. You may have spinal stenosis in your lower back if you are experiencing lower back pain, numbness or weakness in your feet or legs, or pain and cramping in your legs that gets better during periods of sitting or bending forward.
Should I see a chiropractor for my spinal stenosis?
Chiropractic care can help relieve the pain and numbness associated with spinal stenosis, as well as prevent your condition from getting worse. Chiropractic treatments for spinal stenosis generally work to maintain proper spinal alignment in order to relieve pain, pressure, and numbness. Additionally, chiropractic treatment for spinal stenosis helps restore a normal range of motion and normal nervous system functioning.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. He may also test your reflexes, muscle strength, or sensations to determine your herniated disc is affecting a nerve. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia may perform a range of chiropractic treatments including spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage, gently manipulating soft tissues, slowly stretching your joints, increasing your range of motion, or adjunctive therapies such as ultrasound or electrotherapy.