Spinal stenosis is a degenerative spinal condition that causes a narrowing of the spinal column, resulting in pressure on the spinal cord and compression of the nerve endings at the exact point where they leave the spinal canal.
The condition generally affects people 50 years of age and older, with most people consulting a health care provider regarding this condition for the first time around the age of 60.
The symptoms of lumbar (lower spine) spinal stenosis include pain, a tingling or numbing sensation that starts low in the back and radiates into the buttocks and legs, especially when you are engaged in an activity, such as walking. Symptoms generally subside when you are sitting or at rest.
Although 75% of all spinal stenosis occurs in the lumbar spine, it can also occur in the cervical spine (neck). This type is potentially far more serious because it may involve compression of the spinal cord itself that could result in overall weakness and eventually paralysis.
What causes spinal stenosis? The most common cause is an aging process that affects adults who have some type of uncorrected spinal stress. Other causes include spinal tumors, ingestion of too much fluoride, and trauma to the spine that may occur as the result of an accident.
Chiropractic adjustments may help improve spinal movement. Plus, some type of mechanical traction that increases the spacing between each vertebra has been shown to be helpful. This can help reduce the pressure on nearby nerves.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please call it to our attention the next time you come in for an adjustment. We are here to help!