Spinal Stenosis is a condition that results from a narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal canal is that small space in the spinal column that houses the spinal cord and nerve roots. When this column or space gets smaller (compressed), then it often has a dramatic effect on the body. This can cause pain or numbness in the legs, back, neck, shoulders and arms, as well as cramping and a loss of sensation in the arms and legs. In rare occasions, bowel and bladder functions can be adversely affected. Sadly, it affects millions of people each year as it becomes more common among the senior population.
What causes it?
Spinal stenosis is primarily caused by osteoarthritis in the spinal column, a typical or normal condition that comes with aging. The spinal cord and/or nerve roots are ‘pinched’ which results in the conditions mentioned above as well as difficulty in walking long distances or even standing for prolonged periods of time. After walking, the affected person will often experience tremendous leg and back pain. Pain occurs more quickly when walking up hills. Relief can be achieved by bending forward which provides more space for the spinal column and relieves the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
If these symptoms describe a condition you are experiencing, be sure to contact a Charleston chiropractor or physician for assistance. For more information about spinal stenosis and spinal decompression therapy, watch the following video and visit the site for the American Spinal Decompression Association.