What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis results from the spine becoming narrower than it’s supposed to be. The surrounding nerves experiences severe pressure when the spine narrows. The areas of the body most commonly affected include the neck and lower back.
The spine handles the movement of your arms, legs, and many other areas of your body. When the spine becomes injured, you might experience a wide range of conditions. Among them is spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal column narrows. The effects of this condition can be uncomfortable and frustrating to handle. That’s why it’s important to explore your options for spinal stenosis treatment.
It is possible that you won’t experience any notable symptoms in minor cases. But the majority of cases come symptoms like muscle weakness, pain, and numbness. Symptoms of spinal stenosis can worsen as time goes on. The two primary types of spinal stenosis include cervical stenosis and lumbar stenosis.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Occurs in the Lower Back Region
Symptoms can vary with lumbar stenosis. Symptoms include:
- Pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in your legs, calves, or buttocks.
- Radiating thigh and leg pain
- Back pain
- Impacted motor functioning
These symptoms can be temporarily alleviated when you sit down or bend forward. This condition is more common for age groups of 60 or older. Contact a medical professional if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Cervical Spinal Stenosis Occurs in the Neck Region
- Pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in your hands, arms, or legs
- Severe neck pain
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction
- Impacted motor functioning
Cervical stenosis is also more common for age groups of 60 or older. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional.
Signs and Causes of Spinal Stenosis
It’s possible for some individuals to be born with a small spinal canal. This can cause this condition to develop at or soon after birth. Most cases of spinal stenosis are caused by some outside factor. There’s also a chance that your case of spinal stenosis is caused by an overgrowth of spinal bones. A CT scan or MRI would be able to identify evidence to narrow down the cause of your condition.
Consider Signs of Trauma and Other Injuries
Another common cause of this condition is a herniated disc. A herniated disc can press against the spinal cord as well as the surrounding nerves. Some of the other causes that you should look out for include the presence of a tumor, thickened ligaments, and injuries to the spine. These injuries can come from a car accident or some other kind of trauma.
Spinal Stenosis and Chiropractic Care
Some severe cases of spinal stenosis may need surgical treatment. But the majority of cases may only need less invasive treatment methods. Chiropractic care has proven to be a highly effective alternative to these treatments. Here at Biomotion Physical Therapy we create treatment plans based on your condition. We develop plans to ensure our patients receive the most effective recovery.
Our physical therapists can help stop the progression of the condition and relieve pain. Our therapists have experience treating these symptoms including cervicogenic dizziness. Some of our treatment include applying manual adjustments to the affected area. We can also help you maintain proper alignment and improve your range of motion.
Here at Biomotion PT, we focus on treating the causes of your condition. By doing so, we’re able to treat the root of your problem to ensure your recovery is more targeted and effective. Since spinal stenosis can worsen over time, it’s highly recommended that you get in touch with a chiropractor today.
Since spinal stenosis can worsen over time, contacting Biomotion PT is your best course of action. You can get started with a free screening with no referral required. We believe in providing the best treatment in a supportive environment. We love what we do and we’re here to help you get your life back on track. Schedule your free screening online or call us at 210-702-2285 with no referral required today!