Spinal stenosis is a common problem in older adults. Spinal stenosis causes back pain and discomfort, and can get worse if the patient fails to seek treatment. If you are suffering from spinal stenosis, being able to recognize the symptoms and knowing what you can do about it can help you get the help you need when you need it.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a condition caused by narrowing of the spinal column. This condition commonly affects older adults and usually has an underlying cause, like spinal arthritis or a bulging disc. People who have struggled with back pain and back problems for many years are more likely to get spinal stenosis. Patients who are affected by spinal stenosis will experience pain because of the extra pressure put on spinal cord by the spinal column.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
The symptoms of spinal stenosis can vary from one individual to the next. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Sciatica. Spinal stenosis can cause symptoms of sciatica, like numbness and tingling in the legs.
- Lower back pain. You may also notice that your lower back aches, especially in certain positions.
- Weakness in the legs. This is a problem that occurs in many of the more severe cases.
As your spinal stenosis progresses, you may notice that your condition is less painful when leaning forward, and more painful when bending backward.
Visiting your chiropractor is one of the best ways that you can manage the symptoms of spinal stenosis without seeking invasive surgical care. Chiropractors treat spinal stenosis by treating the underlying condition.
For example, if disc herniation is the original cause of the spinal stenosis, the chiropractor will treat the patient for disc herniation in attempt to treat both conditions. In addition, chiropractors treat spinal stenosis by using techniques that improve mobility and range of motion. These techniques include:
- Spinal adjustment. Spinal adjustment is the practice of realigning the vertebrae of the spine. Spinal adjustment helps open up the passageway for the spinal cord. This can help take pressure off the back and provide pain relief to the patient.
- Stretches. Stretching helps the patient loosen tight muscles and eliminate compensatory postures that can contribute to the problem.
- Exercises. Chiropractors teach patients how to perform exercises that can strengthen the muscles of the back and improve patient posture.
Contact Choice Chiropractic
Spinal stenosis is a painful condition that can decrease your quality of life by forcing you to live with pain. Take control of your healing. At Choice Chiropractic, we treat patients with spinal stenosis using natural, non-invasive methods. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us today at 412-364-9699 to make an appointment.