Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal which causes pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves within the spine. This commonly occurs in the lower back and neck. Spinal stenosis often occurs from age-related wear and tear. Most individuals that are at risk for spinal stenosis are people over age 50, and individuals that sit most of the time.
Some symptoms include: muscle weakness, numbness, pain, and impaired bladder or bowel control. Other signs may include pain when walking uphill or downhill, and also sitting or leaning forward. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may be suffering from Spinal Stenosis (SS). The good news is, it is treatable! However, depending on the severity of it, it may last up to a few years or lifelong.
What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease?
There are many different causes of SS, but most commonly it is caused by osteoarthritis which is when your body has repetitive injuries and stresses, causing it to “wear” and “tear”. Other causes of SS include:
- Disc Herniation
- Poor Posture
- Bone Spurs
- Thickened Ligaments
Natural, Drug-Free Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease in Jacksonville
There are many different medical treatment options, however, these options may not correct the issue of spinal stenosis. It may only manage the pain that you are having. Chiropractic care is always a safe and effective treatment option if you are searching for a natural method. Chiropractors will perform spinal adjustments, spinal decompression therapy, traction methods, and flexion-distraction techniques. These treatments provide relief to the symptoms you are experiencing, without the side effects of medication or risks or surgeries and epidurals.
When a chiropractor uses the flexion-distraction method; it opens the spinal canal space to relieve pressure within the discs, realigning the joints and helps to restore motion. This particular technique reduces symptoms and pain, as well as improving your range of motion. Spinal decompression therapy; this will create a negative pressure or vacuum to open up the spaces where your spinal nerves exit. This allows pumping to occur which moves nutrients into the space between the vertebrae and helps to heal the damaged nerves.
The primary goal is to reduce the pressure and inflammation on the nerve so that it doesn’t swell up. With proper application of chiropractic care, we can reduce the inflammation and allow the nerve to return to its normal size. This can also slow down the arthritic processes which is causing the spinal tunnel to narrow. It is important in the management of spinal stenosis, otherwise, the narrowing will continue to get worse.
Unfortunately, spinal stenosis is a chronic condition that cannot be “cured” but it can be improved. Here at Integrative Healthcare Solutions, we look forward to improving our patients well-being and return as much spinal health as possible!