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Spinal Stenosis Explained by a Matthew Chiropractor
Welcome to Matthews Family Chiropractic, where our goal is to educate and adjust as many families as possible in the Matthews area. Optimal health and pain management are crucial to a life well-lived, and we want to help you get there. If you’re suffering from spinal stenosis or another pain-causing condition, don’t wait to come see us today.
Do you already have a diagnosis of spinal stenosis, or are you wondering what it is? We can help answer that question, make a recommendation for where to get a diagnosis and design a course of treatment for pain management. Although chiropractic care cannot cure spinal stenosis, it can help mitigate the symptoms and therefore lead to a fuller and higher-quality life.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a degenerative condition in which the channels in the vertebrae narrow, impinging on both nerves and blood vessels. It typically begins to affect people in their mid-50s or so and will continue to worsen over their lifetime without proper care. It may be reversed with surgery, though this doesn’t work for everyone. Talk to a physician about the possibilities of surgery for you, then work with a chiropractor before and afterward to limit the negative effects of both stenosis and invasive surgery.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is usually a product of bone overgrowth, where the spaces in your vertebrae through which run nerves and blood vessels fill with bone instead. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and Paget’s disease. Other causes include slipped discs, bone spurs, tumors, spinal injuries, thickened ligaments and more. If you are suffering any of these symptoms and don’t know why spinal stenosis could be at play.
What Are the Symptoms and How Is It Diagnosed?
Spinal stenosis can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain in the neck, back, buttocks, arms or legs. Other symptoms include:
- Muscle pain
- Pain in hands and feet
- Trouble walking and balancing
- In severe cases, issues with bladder and bowel control
Over time, the condition causes sufferers to hunch forward. Spinal stenosis can be diagnosed through X-rays of MRIs at the hospital or a specialist’s office.
How Can Spinal Stenosis Be Managed by a Chiropractor?
Chiropractic care is not a “cure” for spinal stenosis but can help you manage many of the worst pain-causing symptoms. Adjustments, physical therapy, nutritional counseling and more can all help mitigate pain, increase mobility and better your life.
Get in Touch with Your Matthews Chiropractor Today!
Here at Matthews Family Chiropractic, Drs. John and Mechelle Hanna have helped hundreds of families achieve abundant health. We specialize in gentle, natural chiropractic care to improve your health and relieve your pain. Don’t wait any longer to learn what we can do for you – get in touch today by calling (704) 845-0699. We look forward to helping you live better now!