Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spaces between your spine narrow and exerts pressure on the nerves in between. The condition mainly happens on your neck or lower back. Others usually experience tingling numbness, muscle weakness, and pain. If left untreated, the symptoms of spinal stenosis worsen over time.
One of the most common and effective treatments for spinal stenosis is chiropractic treatments. In Greensboro, a chiropractor can help you with work injuries, back pain, neck pain, and more.
What Are the Causes of Spinal Stenosis?
The spine has a spinal canal that holds the spinal cord. Once this canal narrows for any reason, the condition is known as spinal stenosis. Some people are born with a narrow spinal canal, while others get spinal stenosis from other causes. These causes include:
- Bone overgrowth: Sometimes, bone overgrowth or bone spurs grow into your spinal canal. Paget's disease is a common cause of bone overgrowth in adults.
- Thickened ligaments: Ligaments are tough cords that hold your spinal bones together. Over time, your ligaments can thicken, become stiff, and eventually bulge into your spinal canal.
- Herniated discs: Your spinal vertebrae have various discs to cushion them. Sometimes the exterior part of the disks crack, and their nucleus or inner shell escapes into your spinal canal. Such discs are known as herniated disks.
- Tumors: Sometimes, there may be abnormal growths in your spinal cord and spinal canal. Tumors are uncommon and can easily show up on a CT or MRI scan.
- Spinal injuries: Various injuries, including accidents, work injuries, sports injuries and more. Injuries can cause fractures or dislocation of the spinal vertebrae. A dislocated bone causes stress on the spinal canal and can damage your spinal cord.
What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
A doctor will diagnose you with spinal stenosis after a CT scan or MRI scan. List symptoms vary depending on where along the spine you experience what is. Some people do not show any signs of spinal stenosis, while others do have symptoms, which worsen over time.
1. Cervical Spinal Stenosis (in your neck)
- Neck pain
- Walking and balance problems
- Numbness and weakness in your hand, arm, leg, or foot
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction in severe cases
2. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (in your lower back)
- Back pain
- Numbness tingling or weakness in foot or leg
- Cramping and pain in either or both legs if you stand or walk for a long time. The pain seems to ease when you sit or bend forward.
Call Williams Chiropractic and Decompression Center P.C. Today
Williams Chiropractic and Decompression Center P.C. in Greensboro offers chiropractic treatment for spinal stenosis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, joint pain, tension headaches, knee pain, and more. Contact us today at (336)299-3037 to ask about or get an appointment for treatment.