Living with Spinal Stenosis: Can Chiropractic Treatment Help?
As you age, natural biological processes slowly cause degenerative changes throughout your skeletal system. In fact, experts estimate that up to 95 percent of people will experience varying degrees of spinal degeneration by the age of 50. While these processes are completely normal and to be expected, they often cause debilitating pain that can keep you from many of the activities you love. At Maryland Farms Chiropractic, we know how frustrating living with chronic pain can be. That’s why our conveniently located Brentwood clinic offers comprehensive chiropractic care for individuals suffering from spinal stenosis pain.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a chronic condition characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal through which your spinal cord passes. Most commonly, the condition develops as a result of degenerative osteoarthritis. Over time, these degenerative changes can lead to the development of bone spurs. It is these spurs that contribute to the narrowing of the spinal canal and associated nerve compression. There are two different types:
Lumbar stenosis. The most prevalent type of spinal stenosis, lumbar stenosis affects the lower back. The condition affects one or more of your five lumbar vertebrae and compresses the nerve branches that originate in the lower spine and travel downward through the buttocks and legs.
Cervical stenosis. This type of stenosis affects the cervical vertebrae found within your neck. Cervical stenosis also causes a narrowing of the spinal canal, thus compressing the nerve branches that originate in the neck and travel down through the shoulders, arms, and upper back.
What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
Stenosis sufferers find themselves living with a wide variety of debilitating symptoms associated with nerve compression and impingement. Because the nerves that branch away from your spine travel to various locations throughout your body, symptoms may be felt in areas seemingly unrelated to the spine such as the arms, legs, hands, and feet. The most common symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
- Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, or feet
- Weakness in the legs or arms
- Radiating pain from the neck through the arms
- Radiating pain from the low back through the buttocks and legs
- Cramping of the arms or legs
- Inability to stand for prolonged periods
The condition is a leading source of chronic back and neck pain, often driving sufferers to seek out invasive surgical procedures in an attempt to find relief. Unfortunately, many conventional treatment approaches offer little respite from this often debilitating condition. An overwhelming percentage of sufferers find that even after undergoing spinal surgery, their symptoms do not improve significantly.
Fortunately for those sufferers, there is a highly effective, non-invasive treatment option: chiropractic care.
How Does a Chiropractor Treat Spinal Stenosis?
Unlike conventional treatment options for spinal stenosis, your chiropractor uses a gentle, conservative approach to address your pain at its source. Through gentle spinal manipulation, your chiropractor brings your vertebrae back into proper alignment, which reduces pressure on your spinal nerves. As this pressure subsides, normal nerve conduction resumes, and you experience a reduction in painful symptoms. With ongoing treatment, chiropractic care works to maintain normal spinal alignment, keeping painful stenosis symptoms at bay.
Schedule Your Consultation with Maryland Farms Chiropractic
At Maryland Farms Chiropractic, we’re dedicated to providing compassionate care to help get you out of pain and back to enjoying life. If you believe you’re suffering from spinal stenosis, our knowledgeable and experienced doctors are here to provide you with the proper diagnosis and treatment to alleviate your symptoms. Contact our team today at 615-307-0902 to schedule your consultation. We serve Brentwood, Tenn. and the surrounding areas.