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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

December 22, 2012

Why Do You Get Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Commonly called your lower back, the lumbar spine is comprised of the 5 largest vertebrae of the 12 that make up your spinal column. These vertebrae are referred to as L1 – L5, and require some of the largest of the body’s muscles to support them.

Separating each vertebrae are discs, which help absorb the shock and pressure placed on your spine every day.

The spinal canal runs down between the vertebra and houses your spinal cord, nerves from the spinal cord, ligaments and blood vessels.

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Although it can occur anywhere on the spine, spinal stenosis is most often located in the spinal lumbar. It can be caused from injury, such as a car accident, but it is more than likely to do with chronic misalignment’s and poor posture that can cause degeneration of the spinal canal or osteoarthritis.

The degeneration causes the spinal canal to narrow, which compresses the nerves, causing them to become swollen and inflamed. Thypical symptoms you would expect to see are:

  • A feeling of clumsiness which may cause increased falling, usually due to reduced feeling in the feet.
  • Weak and cramping legs
  • Pain and difficulty walking
  • Numbness or a tingling sensation traveling from the buttocks down to your legs as far as your calves.
  • Problems with control of the bladder or bowel

Is Spinal Stenosis Curable?

Trying to find relief from the pain, people will often lean forward as they’re walking, or when they’re lying down by pulling their knees to their chest. These positions will offer temporary relief as the spine flexes and opens the space around the inflamed canal.

Unfortunately this is a chronic condition that cannot be cured. When the symptoms get too bad, it is often recommended that the patient undergo surgery, but hopefully this can be avoided whenever possible.

As a chiropractor, I can help minimize your symptoms by making spinal adjustments.

As the appropriate pressure is applied to the affected area, I am able to realign joints and bones to a more correct position for better movement.

Special exercises may also be helpful.

I can:

  • Help reduce your pain
  • Reduce further scar tissue that causes increased stiffness and degeneration
  • Improve the health and function of your nervous system
  • Relieve muscle tightness and spasms

 Let me help you find pain relief and easier movement

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