Spinal Stenosis is a common problem in older adults caused by narrowing in the spinal column. It is a condition that causes pain and discomfort that can get worse without treatment. At Cox Chiropractic Clinic, a chiropractor in Charlottesville VA can diagnose the condition and provide the treatment you need.
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
The primary cause of Spinal Stenosis is arthritis or the breakdown of cartilage and growth of bone tissue. Other causes include:
- Thickening of ligaments
- Degenerative changes
- Vertebral fractures or dislocation
- Congenital or developmental anomaly
- Spinal cord tumor
Symptoms will vary from one person to another. Most people will notice stiffness, numbness, or pain in the neck or lower back. Other symptoms include:
- Sciatica – numbness, and tingling in the legs
- Lower back pain – aches and pain in specific positions
- Weakness in the legs is associated with severe cases
- Difficulty standing or walking – upright positions tend to compress the vertebrae, causing pain
Diagnosis & tests
A diagnosis is arrived at by conducting an examination and discussing your medical history and your signs and symptoms. Imaging tests help determine the cause of your symptoms:
X-rays: Shows changes to your bones, such as bone spurs, that could cause the narrowing within the spinal canal.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): An MRI can detect damage to your discs and ligaments, as well as nerves being pressured.
CT scan: The CT scan takes images from many different angles producing detailed, cross-sectional images of your body.
Chiropractic care is one of the best non-invasive methods of treating the symptoms of spinal stenosis. Your chiropractor treats the underlying condition with techniques that improve your mobility and range of motion:
- Spinal adjustments realign the vertebrae of your spine to help open the narrowing of the spine. This often takes the pressure off the back relieving your pain.
- Stretching is a well-known technique for loosening tight muscles. It can also help eliminate compensatory posture that may have contributed to the stenosis.
- Exercises can strengthen the muscles in your back and improve your posture.
Your chiropractor may also recommend things you can do at home. You can do exercises such as taking a 30-minute walk every other day at home. Applying heat can help loosen muscles; applying cold compresses can heal inflammation. Finally, practice good posture - sit up straight!
Get Help Now
Spinal Stenosis is a painful condition. Don’t wait for your condition to worsen. At Cox Chiropractic Clinic, your chiropractor in Charlottesville VA, we can help you. Contact us today at 434-293-6165 for an appointment.