Getting to Know the Specifics of Your Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis medical illustration

A diagnosis of spinal stenosis may seem dire. It is, after all, a very serious condition. Stenosis results in the narrowing of the spinal cavity, leading to a stooped posture and difficulty in movement. It’s degenerative in nature and comes with numerous peripheral complications, making it incredibly important to treat properly.

As urgent as spinal stenosis is, it’s important not to let it control your life. While there’s no cure, there are ways to manage this illness in a way that makes it less invasive. Chiropractic treatment is the primary option for managing symptoms effectively. But, in order to deliver targeted treatment, a chiropractor must first qualify the type and severity of stenosis.

The experienced team at Advanced Spine & Posture in Las Vegas, NV understands stenosis on a broad scale, including the subtle nuances that differentiate one variety from another. Let’s take a look at the different kinds of spinal stenosis and the correct chiropractic approach for each.

Central stenosis

This is the result of narrowing of the central canal in the lumbar spine. Central stenosis may result in a nerve bundle at the end of the spine or irritation of nerves inside the thecal sac. While some doctors may recommend surgery to cure this condition, chiropractors will discuss all the options with you and look for a less drastic, more natural way to provide relief.

Traction and HVLA techniques are frequently used in dealing with central stenosis because of their ability to alleviate pressure on key nerves. Stretching and massage may also help patients retain their range of motion.

Foraminal stenosis

This is the most common form of spinal stenosis and occurs in the lumbar spine. The nerve root should leave the canal through a hole in the back of the spine, but a bone spur is pressing on the nerve root. This results in trapping or pinching the nerve. Often, this kind of spinal stenosis leads to sciatic pain.

Treating the root cause of stenosis is critical. Determining what caused the bone spur – such as degenerative disc disease or arthritis – will be your chiropractor’s first task. Your chiropractor will make a thorough diagnosis via radiological imaging, discussion of your symptoms, and reviewing your medical history.

Far lateral stenosis

Nerves exit the spine through a hole referred to as the neuro-foramen. This hole may become narrow or the spine may narrow through the development of bulging or herniated discs, facet joints, or bone spurs. It’s a condition called far lateral stenosis.

A chiropractor may be able to develop a physical therapy regimen to strengthen key muscle groups that support the spine. Also, through spinal manipulation, patients may experience relief from conditions that weaken the vertebrae’s support system.

Understand the condition to understand the treatment

No matter what type of spinal stenosis you’re dealing with, chiropractic may offer a relatively inexpensive, long-term treatment plan that sufferers of back pain and spinal stenosis may experience relief from.

Advanced Spine & Posture thoroughly assesses the stenosis of our Las Vegas, NV patients to determine the nature and cause of their condition. Then, we strive to offer solutions based on your unique condition, using a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program. Schedule your free consultation today to learn more.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.