What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is an opening in the spine that has narrowed down and tightened, restricting a blood vessel or valve that reduces blood flow and leaves minimal room for necessary nerves to fit. The closing passage in the spine causes pressure that impacts the nerve’s function, which most commonly develops in the upper or lower back.

How Does Spinal Stenosis Feel?

Spinal stenosis can range from total numbness to painful physical discomfort. A common side effect called neurogenic claudication develops. It’s a numbness that usually occurs in the lower back extending down to your legs affecting your balance and mobility. You might experience shooting pain in your arms and legs or just a tingling sensation similar to when a part of your body falls asleep. 

You can be diagnosed with one or multiple types of spinal stenosis, which will depend on where it’s located. The two main types of spinal stenosis are:

  • Lumbar stenosis. The most common type of spinal stenosis affects the lumbar spine, better known as the lower back.
  • Cervical stenosis. Refers to spinal stenosis that occurs in the part of the spine connecting to the neck. It’s also known as foraminal stenosis, identifying the openings where the spinal nerves exit the spinal canal.

Causes of Spinal Stenosis

While aging is the most common reason why this condition occurs, there are a few different causes to this condition:

  • Age. Typically people over the age of 50 can develop spinal stenosis.
  • Spinal injuries. Any accident that has directly impacted the spine that could lead to the dislocation of the bones. 
  • Spinal osteoarthritis. The rubbing of bones without “cushioning’ that leads to abnormal bone development.
  • Synovial cysts. An overgrown cyst can also be a cause that leads to stenosis.  
  • Birth deformities. The spine deformity known as scoliosis can cause the spine to unnaturally curve.
  • Herniated disc. A piece of a spinal disc that’s forced out of its tough circular encasement, known as the annulus fibrosus.

Can a Chiropractor Help With Spinal Stenosis?

While surgery is an option, first consider effective, non-surgical pain relief, such as spinal decompression therapy. It’s a less invasive approach to relieving pain or damaging effects that result from spinal stenosis. 

One technique used is manipulating the spine, which allows dangerous inflammation to subside, relieving painful tension. With multiple sessions, you can achieve healthier spinal function without the effects of surgery.

How Important is it to Take Care of our Spinal Health?

Our spine’s health is essential to our normally functioning daily lives. Back issues can immediately put a pause on our life. Whether you’re concerned about a specific spinal issue like spinal stenosis or you’re experiencing continual back pain, Spine Health & Wellness experienced staff can help you readily understand your spine health. 

Our experts can help you to alleviate pain using various methods designed to fit your specific needs. Spine Health & Wellness choose a conservative approach that will help you to take care of your spine and experience better overall health.

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