Spinal stenosis refers to a condition where the spinal canal starts to get narrow. This results in pain and other related problems. Spinal stenosis most affects adults over 50 years. The human spine is made of different bones called vertebrae that are connected with discs between them to absorb shock. The spine protects the spinal cord which is the connection between the body and the brain. The vertebrae form a canal in which the vertebrae form. In most cases, spinal stenosis develops as a result of changes influenced by arthritis. These changes can lead to the narrowing of the spinal canal and the open spaces that exist between vertebrae. This results in the pinching of the spinal cord and nerves leading to tingling, numbness, and pain in legs, torso, and arms.
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
The number one cause of spinal stenosis is arthritis, which is a condition caused by the disintegration of the cushioning material between involved bones. Osteoarthritis is known to cause changes in the size and thickening of ligaments around the spine. This can put unnecessary pressure on the spinal nerves and the spinal cord leading to stenosis. Other causes may include injuries to the spine, herniated discs, Paget’s disease and tumors.
There are some people who are born with spinal stenosis or health conditions that lead to its development. In such a case, the stenosis symptoms will start showing between 30 and 50 years.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis mostly affects the lower back and the neck. Symptoms are not experienced in everyone with the condition. However, when they show, they are usually the same: numbness, back pain, and stiffness. More specific symptoms may include:
- Sciatica: This might involve shooting pains in your leg that start as aches in the buttocks or lower back.
- Foot drop: Painful leg weakness which may lead to slapping your foot on the ground.
- Difficult time walking or standing: When you stand upright, the vertebrae might be compressed and this can cause pain.
- Loss of bowel or bladder control: in extreme cases, spinal stenosis might affect the nerves to the bowel or bladder, and this can lead to loss of control
If you experience these symptoms, you might want to see your doctor for a closer medical look. If you have a loss of control of bladder or bowel, see a doctor immediately.
Botti Chiropractic & Wellness Is dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment methods that involve specialized physical therapy that creates more space in the spine both centrally and laterally. In addition, corrected biomechanicals, as well as underlying postural deficits and weakness will be addressed to stabilize the affected area and prevent further joint degeneration and worsening of spinal stenosis. Many of our patients are surprised how quickly they can get relief with our methods when they had previously lost hope.
If you are dealing with any of the symptoms mentioned, give us a call to book an appointment with our expert doctor.
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