Spinal stenosis involves a gradual narrowing process of the spinal canal. Your spinal canal is located in your lower back undergoes tremendous stress throughout your life. One of the many reasons why it is important to take care of your spine at all times as best as you can. As we age, the probability is higher for this narrowing process. When this space gets smaller it takes away room from the spinal cord and its nerves which are vital for proper function and can lead to problematic and uncomfortable symptoms. There are many actions that can cause spinal stenosis, all leading to one outcome of disrupting the function of the spine.
What Can Cause Spinal Stenosis?
Degeneration Causes Spinal Stenosis:
Most people who are affected by spinal stenosis are over the age of 50. It can be caused by degenerative changes that soften the spinal canal which prevents its function of protecting your spinal cord. Herniated discs may also crack over time and some parts can make their way into your spinal canal and add pressure on your spinal cord.
Injuries Cause Spinal Stenosis:
Traumas and injuries can also cause spinal stenosis as it can be an abrupt change or even overgrowth within the spine. Car accidents and other forceful accidents can dislocate or fracture vertebrae and just like cracked herniated discs, can travel to your spinal cord causing disruption and pain. Bone Spurs from Osteoarthritis can form from wear and tear over time on your spine. These growths can also fill in that space in the spinal canal and add pressure to the nerves.
How to Remedy Spinal Stenosis:
These causes all have one thing in common, they invade the space in the spinal canal which puts unwanted pressure on the spinal cord. Our chiropractors will assess your issue and decide the best treatment for your spine. We will review 3 basic approaches.
- Conservative Medical Approach: This treatment involves resting the body in bed, analgesic specifically for pain relief for your spine, applying heat to the area, and utilizing muscle relaxants
- Conservative Chiropractic Approach: Our bread and butter, we use exercise and self-care techniques that help manipulate the body to healing itself and find relief
- Surgery: Surgery is an option and through removing those pieces disrupting the spinal canal will provide pressure release from the spinal cord. However, in most cases, symptoms return and surgery has been needed to repeat after a few years.
Seek Help for Spinal Stenosis & Natural Low Back Pain Relief with San Francisco Chiropractors
If you have a mild case of spinal stenosis, we believe we will be able to help you through our non-invasive natural approach. Chiropractic visits will help relieve your pain and maintain improvements of your condition. If you have any questions about our treatments or how we can help relieve your symptoms of spinal stenosis, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff and doctors .
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