What is spinal stenosis? Stenosis means the abnormal narrowing of a body channel. When combined with the word spinal, it defines a narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves or the spinal cord. While the narrowing may occur at different parts of the spine, the symptoms of nerve compression are often similar.
Stenosis can occur anywhere along the spine. How much of the spine is affected can vary.
The most common cause of spinal stenosis is aging. Degenerative processes occur throughout the body as it ages. Tissues in the spine may start to thicken, and bones may get bigger, compressing the nerves. Conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis may also contribute to spinal stenosis. The inflammation they cause can put pressure on the cord.
Other causes can be:
- Bone tumors
- Heredity or spine defects present at birth
- Instability of the spine, or spondylolisthesis
- Naturally narrow spinal cord
- Spinal curvature, or scoliosis
- Achondroplasia, which is a type of dwarfism
Symptoms progress over time and nerves become more compressed. Sitting in a chair will provide relief but upon standing or walking they will return. Such symptoms might be:
- leg or arm weakness
- lower back pain while standing or walking
- numbness in your legs or buttocks
- balance problems
Care options can vary as much as the variety of symptoms. Heat or ice packs, acupuncture, and massage have provided ease from the pain of spinal stenosis. As well as, cognitive behavioral therapy to help with pain management and coping mechanisms. Back pain can have a serious impact on your quality of life.
YES…spinal stenosis can be relieved with chiropractic care. Chiropractors focus on something that is called a subluxation of the spine, which is when a vertebrae doesn’t move as well as it should, and as a result the bone and surrounding tissue structures put pressure on the nerves and spinal cord. A chiropractic adjustment balances out the nervous system, gets the joints moving again and often times leads to a reduction in the symptoms experienced by spinal stenosis.
In addition to reducing nerve irritation and inflammation, chiropractic care can slow down the arthritis processes which are causing the tunnels to narrow. This is a critical step in the management of stenosis.
If you’re experiencing problems with balance or weakening in your legs/arms you can call the office at Above and Beyond Holistic Wellness at 201-265-0555 and mention Channel 12 News and we will give you a complimentary spinal check up!
Our approach is holistic and we offer a wide variety of treatment options for you.
To your health and wellness,
Dr. Roger Sahoury