Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes the narrowing of spaces within the spine. When this occurs, it can cause pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in pain and discomfort. Most of the time, spinal stenosis appears in the lower back, but the neck can be susceptible to spinal stenosis as well. In most cases, the narrowing of the spine associated with stenosis will pinch the nerve roots. When the nerve is pinched, it can cause a variety of symptoms that include leg and arm pain, numbness, tingling, or even weakness in the extremities.
In most cases, spinal stenosis is the result of old injuries, but it can also be caused by congenital conditions or aging. This causes the body’s tough connective tissues between the bones in the spine known as ligaments to thicken up. Small growths, known as spurs, begin to grow onto the bones and can appear directly in the spinal canal. The discs between the vertebrae are there as cushioning and may begin to deteriorate over time. When this happens, the facet joints will also break down. All of these factors can cause the spaces in the spine to narrow, resulting in spinal stenosis.
First, an onsite X-ray is done to determine if Carlton Chiropractic will be able to accept your case. The X-rays will show whether an underlying condition of your spinal structures is resulting in spinal stenosis. Once the source of the stenosis is located, a treatment plan is put together to alleviate your symptoms. Spinal decompression is usually the first step in treatment. It is prescribed for most cases that involve soft tissues or underlying degenerative disc disease. Laser arthritis treatment can be used for those cases where more aggressive means aren’t recommended. Depending on the results of the examination, combination therapies may be recommended, including chiropractic adjustments and electric muscle stimulation to improve joint mobility. To find out the best option for your specific situation, contact our offices today.