If you or a loved one have spinal stenosis you know just how debilitating it can be. Numbness in some areas, or pain in others, over the entire body. In all cases, the person who endures spinal stenosis has their lives disrupted, and in some cases, their dignity ripped from them. There are cases where spinal stenosis causes weakness, while in different instances it creates unbearable cramping in the pain or thighs. Intense pain can streak down a spinal stenosis sufferer’s legs with no warning. It can produce embarrassing bowel issues that make it hard for those with spinal stenosis to go out in public. It can also cause sexual dysfunction such as ED or vaginal numbness. Many spinal stenosis patients feel as if there is no chance to reduce their misery. When a loss of hope becomes so pronounced, it can bring about feelings of despair leading to depression.
What is Spinal Stenosis and what Makes it so Devastating?
In the case of spinal stenosis, the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots show signs of back pain that include, numbness, weakness, or tingling that radiates into the buttocks, thighs, hips, lower legs, and feet. Spinal stenosis is almost always related to tissue degeneration or arthritis in the spine and many times will become noticeable in people in their 40s and 50s, and as they continue to age, it will become more severe.
There are several types of spinal stenosis. One of the more common forms of spinal stenosis occurs in the lumbar region. Lumbar spinal stenosis makes up 75% of cases where there is a primary effect on the lower back, and with that most will have an affected sciatic nerve, which is a lengthy dense nerve which travels down the legs.
How Can a Chiropractor Help Relieve Your Spinal Stenosis?
They consider your symptoms, the state of your spine, what your body feels, what improves your symptoms or makes them worse, and how comfortable you are with specific treatment options. Medical imaging will be done first to determine at which level of the spine the stenosis is happening.
After they have determined the source of your pain, the chiropractor will work diligently to reduce the nerve compression which is produced by the stenosis.
Here are some ways that a chiropractor can treat your spinal stenosis.
- Manual spinal adjustments.
- Lumbar Traction Treatment.
- Stimulation with Electricity.
- Massage therapy.
- Ultrasound therapy.
- Physical Therapy.
- Exercise and stretching.
- Flexion and extension routines.
- Healthy lifestyle modifications.
Chiropractic therapy seeks to widen the available space for the spinal cord inside the spinal canal. By altering the displacement of spinal discs, alleviation of tension in tight muscles, and reducing the pressure on spinal nerves, a spinal stenosis sufferer can feel less severe symptoms.
What are the Advantages of Chiropractic Treatments of Spinal Stenosis Over Other Forms of Treatments?
There are several reasons that chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis is advantageous over more traditional treatments:
- No invasive surgery from which it takes weeks to recover.
- No need for a general anesthetic.
- No lingering pain from surgery.
- No need to take addictive painkillers after surgery.
- Chiropractic adjustments for spinal stenosis may improve your mobility right away; surgery may take months to see any improvement.
- There is no risk from a staph or other infection with chiropractic adjustments like there is with surgery.
- Chiropractic adjustments for spinal stenosis don’t leave unsightly scars.
- Chiropractic Treatments are as frequent or as few as your spinal stenosis needs.
Several recent studies have shown chiropractic care to improve pain symptoms caused by spinal stenosis. So, if you are suffering and looking for an answer to your spinal stenosis symptoms, we can help.