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Spinal stenosis is a condition that can afflict anyone, particularly after the age of 50. The condition, which is named after the Greek word for "choking," involves a narrowing of the already-narrow passageway that encases the spinal cord. Stenosis may occur anywhere in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back), producing symptoms that range from pain and numbness to complete loss of function. Fortunately, our Brentwood chiropractor at Premier Family Chiropractic has the skill and expertise to treat the symptoms of this chronic ailment, relieving pain while restoring strength and flexibility.
While some forms of stenosis may be congenital, our Brentwood chiropractor sees many cases that have been acquired over time due to injuries or other chronic health problems. A bulging or herniated disc from a sports injury or auto accident, for instance, can partly block the spinal canal or put pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Age-related osteoarthritis or disc degeneration can also lead to stenosis. As the discs begin to dry out and lose elasticity, they also lose some height, which stresses the facet joints and causes bone spurs to develop inside the spinal canal. As these problems progress, the spinal cord (in cases affecting the cervical spine) and nerve roots become increasingly impinged, inhibiting nerve signaling and creating numbness, tingling or pain along nerve pathways.
Additionally, disc or facet joint issues may shift the spine out of it proper alignment, altering the body's weight distribution. This imbalance adds muscle and ligament strain to your hip pain, lower back pain and other symptoms. Lumbar spinal stenosis is a frequent cause of sciatica symptoms, while cervical stenosis can cause paralysis in severe cases.
Chiropractic treatment is not a "cure" for spinal stenosis; in fact, medical science currently has no outright cure for the condition. But many of the issues that contribute to the condition, and many of the symptoms that result from it, can be arrested or reduced through conservative, non-surgical methods such as the ones employed by our Brentwood chiropractor, Dr. Uzelman.
Spinal adjustment can correct disc displacement and vertebral alignment issues so that your bones, discs, facet joints, back muscles and ligaments will experience less stress. Other therapeutic techniques such as massage and vibration board therapy can help soft tissues feel better and heal themselves more efficiently, while corrective exercises can increase flexibility and help strengthen atrophied or under-used muscles so they can support the spine more easily. Once we have relieved the immediate symptoms, we can recommend long-term wellness strategies to help keep the stenosis under control. Through this conservative approach, our Brentwood chiropractor thus enables stenosis patients to regain and prolong their quality of life with no need for major surgery or painkilling drugs. We encourage anyone suffering from the symptoms of spinal stenosis to contact our office for an initial consultation.
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