What is Spinal Stenosis?
As our spines age, they may become narrow in certain areas. This can choke or compress nerves in the spine, creating uncomfortable pain or tingling in the neck or lower back area.
Spinal stenosis is usually either lumbar stenosis or cervical stenosis. Lumbar stenosis creates symptoms in the lower back and the surrounding area, while cervical stenosis is located near the neck and carries the danger of compressing the spinal cord, possibly leading to major complications like paralysis.
Global Pain & Spine Clinic uses proven methods of relieving back pain, and undoing the damage that spinal stenosis can cause!
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
The most common symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis include leg pain that may be accompanied by:
- Low back pain
- Leg numbness and tingling
- Limitations in walking
- Body weakness or paralysis
The most common symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis include:
- Neck pain in upright position
- Hands numbness and tingling
- Hands heaviness
If you are unsure if you suffer from spinal stenosis, we encourage you to set up an appointment with a doctor. It is important to start treatment early.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment Methods at Global Pain & Spine Clinic
Non-surgical spinal stenosis treatment options for patients may include:
- Physical Therapy Treatment for Spinal Stenosis Pain – Emphasis in physical therapy is placed on strengthening the muscles of the back, stretching these muscles and improving posture. By better supporting the spine, symptoms of nerve compression are often improved. We also provide lifestyle recommendations to avoid future injury and pain.
- Flexibility and Strengthening Exercise Programs – Therapeutic exercise is used to realign the spinal canal, as well as improve spinal strength and flexibility.
- Manual Therapy – A variety of soft tissue mobilization techniques are being used more often by therapists who specialize in manual therapy. These techniques are very helpful while alleviating the pain of spinal stenosis. They help to relax the muscles and promote improved flexibility to the joints.
- Medications, Injections and Vitamin Treatments for Spinal Stenosis Pain – We provide medications and injections to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
- Anti-Inflammatory Medication – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications (or NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen can often be helpful in treating spinal stenosis.
- Acupuncture Treatment for Spinal Stenosis Pain – Acupuncture involves the placement of hair-thin needles into your skin at specific places on your body. We utilize acupuncture as a natural and very effective pain management resource. Acupuncture, in combination with electrical stimulation or cold laser therapy, helps to increase healthy blood flow, reduce pain and inflammation, and promote healing.
- Chiropractic Care of Spinal Stenosis Pain – Chiropractic care makes use of a hands-on approach to the healing of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Spinal manipulation can be used to carefully and safely relax and decompress the spine.
- Corset/Brace – In certain situations, a corset or brace is useful to provide additional support to the spine. This support may decrease muscle spasm and pain. We work with some of the best brace companies in the US. It allows us to provide patients with a variety of different bracing options to make sure that they will be able to use the brace in the most effective way.
We work to make sure that our patients have full use of their backs to perform their daily activities and retain their mobility pain free!