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For many individuals with spinal stenosis whom we see at Century Center Chiropractic, pain or other symptoms have disrupted a normal life. Fortunately, our chiropractor in Atlanta can offer a number of natural spinal stenosis treatment options that avoid surgery or medication.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the canal that houses the spinal cord. It compresses the cord or nerve roots in the spine, causing discomfort.
The most frequent culprit responsible for spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis. Bone spurs caused by this type of arthritis narrow the spinal passageway and exert pressure on the spinal cord, compressing it.
A number of other conditions are potential causes. Among them are tumors, poor posture, cysts, prior spinal surgery, sports or other injuries, thickening of ligaments that support vertebrae, Paget’s disease, and spinal misalignment linked to facet joint or disc problems. Some individuals are born with this condition.
Spinal stenosis can develop at any point between a patient’s neck and lower back. It most frequently appears in patients who are at least 50 or who are sedentary.
This disorder causes a variety of symptoms that differ among patients. However, the most common are back pain, numbness, and stiffness. Pain in the lower back is a particularly frequent complaint. Other possible symptoms include sciatica, foot drop, paralysis, difficulty walking, trouble standing, and loss of bladder or bowel control.
Chiropractic care for this condition is a safe, effective option for patients seeking to avoid surgery or medication. The goal of spinal stenosis treatment is lowering pressure on spinal nerves, restoring range of motion and strength, and reducing any discomfort.
The first step in diagnosing this disorder is an evaluation by our chiropractor. This includes a comprehensive physical exam and a review of the patient’s health history, symptoms, and complaints. Tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans sometimes provide helpful information.
Our Atlanta practice customizes treatment for each spinal stenosis patient. Treatment often includes a combination of therapies.
The primary chiropractic therapy for this condition is a spinal adjustment. Also known as manipulation, it corrects problems with the displacement of spinal discs or misalignment of vertebrae. This manual therapy results in reduced stress on back muscles, discs, ligaments, bones, and facet joints.
Some patients achieve relief thanks to chiropractic traction therapy. Special exercises prescribed by your doctor help boost flexibility and muscle strength, resulting in better spinal support. We can also offer advice on lifestyle and ergonomic changes that benefit a spinal stenosis patient.
Are spinal stenosis symptoms disrupting your lifestyle? Call us today at Century Center Chiropractic at 404-634-1669 to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor in Atlanta, Dr. Jared Simon. He has been providing pain relief to patients in the Buckhead, Chamblee, Decatur, Tucker, and Brookhaven areas for more than 25 years. You’ll love our natural treatment methods and our dedication to helping you achieve wellness.