Spinal Stenosis Treatment with our Kennesaw Chiropractor
Spinal stenosis, a problem commonly found in older adults, is a condition that is caused by narrowing of the spinal column. There is generally an underlying cause, such as a bulging disc or spinal arthritis. Many people who have struggled with back problems and/or back pain for several years also have a higher risk of getting spinal stenosis. Those who are affected by spinal stenosis will generally experience pain as a result of the extra pressure being put on the spinal cord by the spinal column. If you are suffering with spinal stenosis, it is important to recognize the symptoms and to know that chiropractic treatment in Kennesaw GA can help to relieve the pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
The symptoms can vary from one person to the next, depending on the severity of the progression. Spinal stenosis typically affects your neck and/or your lower back, which can include numbness, stiffness and the pain worsens when you are bending backward. Other symptoms of spinal stenosis may include:
- Sciatica, which generally includes shooting pain down your leg that starts as an ache in your lower back or buttocks
- Foot drop, which means that due to the leg weakness and pain, you may “slap” your foot on the ground
- Weakness in the legs often occurs in more severe cases
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Intense pain in the lower back, especially when you are in certain positions
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
The most common cause of this condition is arthritis, which causes thickening of the ligaments of the spine and bone spurs, which put pressure on the spinal nerves and the spinal cord. Other causes may also include:
Injuries from an accident that has inflamed or fractured part of the spine
- Herniated discs
- Paget’s disease
How Can a Chiropractor in Kennesaw Help?
Visiting your chiropractor in Kennesaw is one of the best ways to manage the symptoms of spinal stenosis without seeking invasive and painful surgical care. Chiropractors treat the underlying condition of the problem instead of simply masking the problem. For example, if the cause of spinal stenosis is due to a disc herniation, a chiropractor will treat you for the disc herniation in order to treat both conditions. Chiropractic treatment may include spinal adjustment, which helps to open the passageway for the spinal cord, stretches to help loosen tight muscles and exercises to help strengthen you back muscles and improve posture.