Spinal stenosis is a serious condition that impacts the spinal cord canal and can cause pain, numbness and tingling in the body. Spinal stenosis can seriously impact your overall quality of life, your health and your ability to function properly.
The good news is, research shows that regular chiropractic care can help with some of the effects of spinal stenosis. Here at our Howard County chiropractic office we specialize in helping patients with spinal stenosis get their quality of life back.
We also know that there are a lot of questions about spinal stenosis, what it is and how chiropractic care can help.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Before we dive into the specifics of how our Howard County chiropractic office can help with spinal stenosis, it’s important to have a clear view of what spinal stenosis is.
Spinal stenosis is defined as the narrowing of the nerve root canals in the spinal cord. When this happens it can cause back pain, leg pain, numbness and tingling. In some cases, where this narrowing causes extra pressure on the spinal cord, spinal stenosis can lead to weakness and muscle spasms.
In more severe cases, spinal stenosis can cause lack of control of different muscles and organs in the body.
Why Do the Side Effects of Spinal Stenosis Happen?
Your spinal column is designed to hold the nerves in the spine and is an integral part of the nervous system. Your nervous system is made up of nerves, spinal cord and your brain and it controls the function of every organ and muscle in the body.
Your spinal column is there to protect those nerves from damage so they can travel from the brain to the end of the spine where they exit and control the functions of your muscles and organs, and ultimately coordinates with your brain.
When this protective passageway caused by spinal stenosis causes the nerves to be pinched or compressed, it’s going to impact the way those messages are related and your ability to function properly.
What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
Here at our Howard County chiropractic office, we see patients in all different stages of spinal stenosis. One of the quickest ways to determine whether or not this is the condition you’re dealing with is to look at the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
In most cases, spinal stenosis occurs in the lower back. In this case, common symptoms include:
- Numbness or tingling in the legs and feet
- Pain running down the legs
- Regular leg cramps
- Pain while walking
- Issues with walking up stairs, hills or ramps
- Loss of sexual function
- Abnormal bowel function
- Abnormal bladder function
Although it is less common, spinal stenosis can also occur in the neck. This is the more serious of the two types of spinal stenosis as it causes more of a direct compression of the spinal cord. Symptoms include:
- Numbness in the arms and hands
- Pain radiating throughout the hand and arms
- Weakness into the arms and hands
- Serious weakness throughout the body
In serious cases of cervical spinal stenosis, patients may have partial or complete body paralysis.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help With Spinal Stenosis?
While medication can provide some symptomatic relief, it doesn’t always get to the root of the issues and treat the excess pressure placed on the nerves. It also doesn’t prevent he progression of the degenerative process.
This is where chiropractic care comes in. With chiropractic spinal adjustment, decompression therapy, traction and therapy techniques, you can make progress on your spinal stenosis. Treatments like this will help open up the spinal canal space and relieve pressure within the discs. Patients under regular chiropractic care find a significant improvement in their symptoms along with improved range of motion.
Here at McAuliffe Chiropractic, we know that regular chiropractic care can help treat spinal stenosis. We have been treating patients with spinal stenosis in the greater Howard County and PG County areas for more than 30 years. If you have questions about this condition, think you may have some spinal stenosis symptoms or if are looking for quality chiropractic care in the Howard County, MD area book an appointment online here or call us at 301-776-0755.