Spinal Stenosis – What is it?
Spinal stenosis is a condition that affects many people as they age. It is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, leading to pain, numbness, and weakness. The symptoms of spinal stenosis can be debilitating and can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.
Many people wonder if spinal stenosis can go away, and if so, how it is treated. In this article, we will explore the question, “Does spinal stenosis go away?” and discuss how it is handled in a chiropractic office.
Are you one of the many people who have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and are wondering if it will ever go away? If so, you are not alone. Spinal stenosis is a common condition that affects many people, especially as they age. However, there is hope. With the right treatment, many people with spinal stenosis can experience relief from their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This narrowing can occur in any part of the spine, but it is most common in the lower back (lumbar) and neck (cervical) regions. Spinal stenosis can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
The symptoms of spinal stenosis can vary depending on the location and severity of the narrowing. Common symptoms include:
- Back or neck pain
- Numbness or tingling in the legs or arms
- Weakness in the legs or arms
- Difficulty walking or standing for long periods
- Loss of bladder or bowel control (in severe cases)
Can Spinal Stenosis Go Away?
The short answer is no, spinal stenosis cannot go away on its own. Once the spinal canal has narrowed, it cannot be reversed without medical intervention. However, the symptoms of spinal stenosis can be managed with the right treatment.
How is Spinal Stenosis Treated in a Chiropractic Office?
Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for spinal stenosis. Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, including the spine. Chiropractic treatment for spinal stenosis may include:
- Spinal adjustments: Chiropractors use gentle, non-invasive techniques to manipulate the spine and improve its alignment. This can relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, reducing pain and other symptoms.
- Flexion-distraction technique: This technique involves the use of a special table that gently stretches the spine, creating more space in the spinal canal. This can be especially helpful for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.
- Decompression therapy: This technique uses a traction table to stretch the spine and relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
- Soft tissue therapy: Chiropractors may use massage, stretching, and other soft tissue techniques to relieve muscle tension and improve flexibility in the affected area.
In addition to chiropractic care, other treatments for spinal stenosis may include:
- Physical therapy: Physical therapists can teach patients exercises and stretches that can improve their strength and flexibility, reducing pain and other symptoms.
- Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, may help relieve mild to moderate pain. In more severe cases, prescription pain medication or muscle relaxants may be necessary.
- Injections: Corticosteroid
Don’t let spinal stenosis control your life. Call Tebby Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Clinic today at 704-541-7111 and schedule an appointment to start your journey towards a pain-free life!