How effective is Chiropractic Care for Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis is a medical condition in which one or more of the foramina (bony openings) within the spine starts to narrow, which reduces the space needed for the nerves. This process can either occur within the spinal canal or in the intervertebral foramina where the spinal nerves exit the spinal canal. Depending on the location and the severity level of narrowing, compression of the spinal nerve may occur leading to pain, weakness, numbness and/or a tingling sensation.
This health condition got its name from the Greek word ‘Stenosis’ which means choking. Spinal Stenosis is most common among people over 50 as aging causes wear and tear of the spinal discs which further leads to degeneration of the spine causing stenosis. Your chiropractic care centers in Dickson can help you understand the problems of spinal stenosis. Dickson Chiropractic can help you determine if you have a spinal stenosis problem and if so, explain how chiropractic care can help.
Different Types of Spinal Stenosis
Depending on the location of the stenosis, this health condition can be classified into one of the following categories
Cervical Stenosis – In this category, the stenosis or the narrowing occurs in the neck
Lumbar Stenosis – This is the most common form of spinal stenosis in which the stenosis occurs in your lower back.
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
The spine runs from the neck to the lower back and the bones of the spine sit in a spinal canal that helps protect your spinal cord nerves. Some people are born with a smaller spinal canal, which can cause problems and spinal stenosis could occur earlier in life.
The spinal discs are soft shock absorbers located between each vertebra keeping the bones from hitting each other. They include a nucleus surrounded by a tough exterior called the annulus. If there is a crack in the annulus, a portion of the nucleus pushes through the crack and compresses the very sensitive surrounding nerves. This type of health condition is called a herniated disc and it causes immense pain. Chiropractors in Dickson use various safe, drug-free methods to treat a herniated disc.
Overgrowth of bone
Osteoarthritis, the loss of protective tissue, could allow bone spurs to grow in the spinal canal. Bone spurs can contribute to your spinal stenosis problem. Paget’s disease, a bone growth disorder, can also cause an overgrowth of bone in the spine.
Ligaments are a short band of tough and flexible connective tissue that helps keep the body and skeleton together. Over time these cords can become thickened and stiff reducing flexibility and locking parts in place.
Auto injuries or any form of trauma causing dislocation or fractures of one or more vertebra can also lead to spinal stenosis. Swelling of nearby tissue followed by back surgery can also cause compression of the nerves in the spinal canal.
Abnormal growth in the space between the spinal cord and vertebra or within the membranes covering the spinal cord are uncommon but possible and can be a cause for spinal stenosis. These tumors can usually be seen and diagnosed through imaging tests such as an MRI or CT Scan.
People over the age of 50 are at a higher risk of developing this health condition; however, you can develop this problem at any age. Spinal Stenosis problems can be due to age, degenerative problems, trauma, genetic diseases affecting bones and muscles, or health conditions such as scoliosis.
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Often this health condition is diagnosed through imaging tests such as a CT scan or MRI. Unfortunately there are times these tests may not show the problem. The most common symptoms are back pain and neck pain. If you are looking for chiropractors for back and neck pain in Dickson, you should visit Dickson Chiropractic. For over 30 years Dr. Scott Jutte has been helping people just like you resolve their pain problems safely and without any drugs.
Weakness in arm, hand, leg or foot
Numbness or tingling sensation in the hand, arm, leg or foot
Difficulties in walking and maintaining balance
In severe cases, you might experience bowel or bladder dysfunction
Numbness, tingling or weakness in the foot or leg
Cramps in one or both legs if you stand for a long period or while walking. This generally eases when you sit or bend forward
Chiropractic Care for Spinal Stenosis
Your Dickson chiropractor will perform various health tests to diagnose your problem and provide you a solution that will help alleviate, reduce and/or stop the pain.
Regular chiropractic care and proper exercise could help keep your spinal stenosis from getting worse and possibly reverse it.
Dickson Chiropractic offers Chiropractic Care in Dickson and has been treating patients just like you for over 30 years.