Spinal Stenosis Treatment
Spinal stenosis is caused by narrowing of the spinal canal. Common causes of this narrowing are physical problems with the spine or changes in the spine as a result of aging. Narrowing of the spinal canal can impact many parts of the spine, including vertebrae, disks, ligaments, joints, and nerve roots.
What causes spinal stenosis?
Sufferers of spinal stenosis are typically over age 50 because the condition often occurs as a result of calcifying ligaments in the spine or enlarged bones and joints due to aging. Some form of spinal degeneration is observed in 95 percent of people by age 50.
Some people are born with spinal stenosis, and it can occur in younger people who suffer a spinal injury. It also can occur as the result of scoliosis.
Other causes of spinal stenosis include:
- Arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, which causes bone degeneration, or rheumatoid arthritis, which causes painful inflammation in the joints
- Tumors of the spine
- Paget’s disease of bone, which causes enlarged or abnormal bones
How to get relief from symptoms of spinal stenosis
Home exercises, coupled with chiropractic care, may be effective for spinal stenosis patients. Exercises that focus specifically on the lower back, the stomach muscles, and general muscle strengthening may be helpful.
While severe spinal stenosis is often treatable only with surgery, mild and moderate cases of spinal stenosis have been shown to benefit significantly from chiropractic care. After determining the extent of your condition, your chiropractor will typically perform spinal manipulation to reduce painful symptoms and restore proper joint function.
Your chiropractor may recommend home exercises, which may be effective for spinal stenosis patients.Exercises that focus specifically on the lower back, the stomach muscles, and general muscle strengthening may be helpful.
BEGIN WITH CONSERVATIVE CARE
While spinal stenosis is not curable, chiropractic is a noninvasive, conservative alternative to traditional medical treatment, which can include pain-relieving drugs and surgery.
The current standard of practice for spinal stenosis recommends six to twelve weeks of conservative care, such as chiropractic, prior to a surgical consult.