Spinal Stenosis Treatment
If you have back pain that’s contributing to pain in your arms, legs, feet, or hands, you may have spinal stenosis — a narrowing of the spaces within your spine. Spinal stenosis causes associated nerve pain and seriously interferes with your daily life. Don’t suffer. Contact Dr. Phil McCary of Laurelhurst Chiropractic in Portland, Oregon. He has experience treating patients with spinal stenosis to reduce nerve pain and improve daily function. Call the office for an appointment or use the online booking agent.
Spinal Stenosis Q & A
What is spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis occurs when the bone channel that holds the spinal nerves and spinal cord narrows, putting pressure on the nerves that travel through the area.
Usually, spinal stenosis is a result of the normal wear and tear of aging and is a form of osteoarthritis. Most people with spinal stenosis experience symptoms after the age of 50. It can also be caused by a bulging or herniated disc, thickened ligaments, or a bony overgrowth. Spinal stenosis doesn’t always present with symptoms, but when it does, they can be quite painful and debilitating.
What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?
Symptoms may feel relatively mild at first, but then they worsen with time. Where you feel the symptoms depends on where the narrowing occurs. If you have cervical spinal stenosis, symptoms occur in and around the area of your neck and may include:
- Weakness in your hands, arms, feet, or legs
- Neck pain
- Problems with gait and balance
If you have lumbar spinal stenosis, symptoms are more likely to appear in your lower body and include:
- Numbness, weakness, or pins-and-needles sensations in a foot or leg
- Back pain
- Cramping or pain in your legs when you stand or walk for a long period of time
How does chiropractic care address spinal stenosis?
Research suggests that chiropractic care is beneficial in reducing pain and improving function in people with spinal stenosis. Dr. McCary uses a whole-body approach, rather than drug therapy, to treat any pain or symptoms of spinal stenosis. He applies gentle spinal manipulations to help free up the spinal column and reduce pressure on associated nerves.
You may also undergo decompression therapy to widen the spaces in your spine and alleviate pain. Hot and cold therapy, massage, acupuncture, and electrotherapy are other strategies that the Laurelhurst Chiropractic staff uses to address the pain of spinal stenosis. Dr. McCary offers exercises and stretches that also alleviate pain and maximize your range of motion.
The impairment of the nerves due to spinal stenosis can lead to other health problems and reduced quality of life, too. Because chiropractic treats your whole body, these therapies improve your overall well-being, not just the immediate symptoms of spinal stenosis.