Spinal Stenosis Treatment in West Bloomfield, MI
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows, pinching the spinal cord or spinal nerve. It’s a common condition in adults over the age of 50. There’s no cure for spinal stenosis, but the good news is there are non-surgical treatments and exercises that can reduce the pain and other symptoms it causes.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
The spinal canal protects the spinal cord, which contains the central nervous system connected to the brain. When the canal narrows, the spinal cord, and nerves around it can become pinched, causing tingling, pins, and needles, numbness and pain in the areas, the affected nerve serves.
The condition can increase in severity and even result in permanent nerve damage, but the good news is, regular chiropractic care can alleviate the symptoms.
What are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis can affect nerves in both the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back and in the cervical spine which is the seven vertebrae of the neck. Symptoms such as shooting pain, tingling, and weakness in the legs and feet signal a narrowing of the canal in the lumbar vertebrae of the lower back.
Pain might worsen with walking, particularly up and down stairs. It sometimes leads to loss of sexual function and abnormal bladder and bowel functioning.
If the narrowing is in the cervical spine, the pain will radiate through the shoulder, down the arm and even into the fingers.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of spinal stenosis and occurs either through lack of motion or due to misaligned vertebrae. The result is bone spurs, which compress the spinal cord and nerves and narrow the spinal canal.
Other causes are thickening of the ligaments around the vertebrae; a herniated disc; poor posture; a previous spinal injury; and tumors or cysts.
While this condition has no cure, there is non-invasive spinal stenosis treatment to alleviate pain and other symptoms. Treatment will include decompression methods such as traction, which stretches the spine to relieve compression, plus spinal adjustments and exercises.