Spinal stenosis refers to a condition where the spinal canal starts to get narrow, and pain and other related problems can occur. It mostly affects adults over 50 years. Bones called vertebrae are a major component of the human spine. These bones have discs between them to absorb shock. The spine protects the spinal cord which is the connection between the body and the brain.
In most cases, spinal stenosis develops as a result of changes influenced by arthritis. These changes can also lead to the narrowing of the spinal canal and the open spaces that exist between vertebrae. This also results in the pinching of the spinal cord and nerves leading to tingling, numbness, and pain in legs, torso, and arms.
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
The number one cause of spinal stenosis is arthritis, which is a condition caused by the disintegration of the cushioning material between involved bones. Osteoarthritis is known to cause changes in the size and thickening of ligaments around the spine. This can put unnecessary pressure on the spinal nerves and the spinal cord leading to stenosis. Other causes may include injuries to the spine, herniated discs, Paget’s disease and tumors.
There are also some people who are born with spinal stenosis or health conditions that lead to its development. In such a case, the stenosis symptoms will start showing between 30 and 50 years.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis mostly affects the lower back and the neck. However not everybody will experience symptoms with this condition, when they show, they are usually the same: numbness, back pain, and stiffness. More specific symptoms may include:
- Sciatica: This might involve shooting pains in your leg that start as aches in the buttocks or lower back.
- Foot drop: Painful leg weakness which may lead to slapping your foot on the ground.
- Difficult time walking or standing: Standing upright can compress the spine and cause pain.
- Loss of bowel or bladder control: in extreme cases, spinal stenosis might affect the nerves to the bowel or bladder, and this can lead to loss of control
If you experience these symptoms, you might want to see your doctor for a closer medical look. Loss of control of bladder or bowel, requires immediate medical attention.
Wellness In Motion Chiropractic Center provides comprehensive treatment methods. Chiropractic care can help eliminate pain caused by spinal stenosis and also solve the underlying cause. The doctor is highly trained and certified to offer chiropractic medicine and other treatment approaches that are non-invasive but highly effective. We aim at solving health conditions without putting the patient at risk of harmful side effects of medications. Our focus is to make sure that the patient lives a happy, healthy, and a pain-free life after treatment.
If you are dealing with any of the symptoms mentioned, give us a call to book an appointment with our expert doctor.
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