What is Spinal Stenosis
by Wendy on 19th December 2019
Old age can bring degenerative changes to the spine —which is little to do with age itself and more to do with self-neglect. Many problems start to show later in life; if we don’t take proper care of ourselves when we are younger, we could very well experience a serious cumulative effect later.
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal cord or nerve roots become compressed. When the spaces in the spine start to narrow, this puts pressure on the spinal nerves. It can also affect the nerve roots of the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), which essentially serves as a relay between the brain and spinal cord, and the limbs and organs. It is unsurprising, then, that pain can be felt in many areas of the body as a result.
If present in the neck, the condition is termed cervical stenosis; lumbar stenosis occurs in the lower back. Both are rarely diagnosed before the age of 60.
The symptoms of lumbar stenosis can include (but are not limited to) pain in the lower back, leg pain, and numbness. Cervical stenosis comes with a more serious set of symptoms; besides neck pain, the patient may experience burning and tingling of the hands or have difficulty walking. Balance and bladder function can also be affected.
Cervical stenosis is often the result of injury or trauma to the neck, whiplash being the most common culprit. General treatment includes medication, physio, injections, and even surgery. But as with all medication, drugs can come with side effects. Physio exercises misaligned spinal joints but does little to remedy the problem. Surgery is the riskiest option, and there is no guarantee of success.
Many people who live with spinal stenosis have reported vast improvement from chiropractic care, which seeks to identify and treat the underlying cause. As chiropractors, we can help to restore spinal alignment and the proper curves that should be present in your back. This approach is a natural and non-invasive one, and after a thorough examination we will work together with you to devise a care plan that suits your specific needs.
Arrange a consultation with your chiropractor today —you can reach us on 0161 763 1700 between the hours of 8am and 7pm, Monday to Friday, where our friendly team will be happy to help.