March 2017

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of one or more levels of the spine and is most common in the neck and the low back.  The narrowing of the spinal canal can put compressive pressure on the spinal cord or the nerves that exit the spinal cord.

 


Symptoms of lumbar spine stenosis:
  • Pain and cramping in the legs
    • Increased pain with prolonged standing or walking
    • Pain is typically relieved with sitting or bending down
  • Radiating pain down leg into foot
    • Burning, numbness, tingling, weakness into lower extremity
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function
    • Called cauda equina syndrome
    • Immediate emergency situation 
Symptoms of cervical spine stenosis:
  • Radiating pain into the upper back, shoulders, arms, and hands
    • Burning, numbness, tingling, weakness into upper extremity
  • Loss of balance
    • Compression of the cervical spinal cord can result in weakness, clumsiness, and increased falls 
Causes:
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (Arthritis)
    • Most common cause

 


Treatment: 
  • Non-surgical
    • Rest, ice, NSAIDs to control inflammation and reduce pain
    • Physical rehabilitation to include core strengthening/stability
    • Traction and/or mobilization of the spine
    • Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplementation for osteoarthritis
  • Surgical 
    • Laminectomy – decompress nerves
    • Spinal fusion – stabilize spine 



Active Performance Chiropractic focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries. Treatment is a unique blend of Active Release Techniques®, traditional chiropractic therapy, and physical rehabilitation designed to match each patient’s goals and lifestyle.