Define Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in your back, causing pressure on the spinal cord. Spinal Stenosis can occur in any area of the back, but the most common trouble is in the lower back, or lumbar area. This pressure results in pain and burning in the back and down into the legs. Spinal Stenosis can make it hard to walk, and hard to stand up straight. At Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa our therapists are expert in the treatment of the pain of Spinal Stenosis without drugs or surgery.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
Usually Spinal Stenosis is the result of gradual wear and tear to your joints over time, or osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes changes in people by age 50, and Spinal Stenosis typically develops in people over 50. Most commonly this occurs in women. Spinal Stenosis can also be the result of an injury to the spine, or by earlier surgery to the spine. It can also be caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis, bone diseases, or spinal tumors.
What Are Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
Although there are generally no early symptoms of Spinal Stenosis, signs can develop over time. Some symptoms are:
- Back Pain – mostly lower back or lumbar area pain
- Burning feeling travelling into the buttocks and down into legs
- Numbness, tingling or cramping of legs
- Loss of sensation in feet, causing a foot to slap when walking
The development of more acute symptoms should always be looked at by a doctor.
How is Spinal Stenosis Treated?
Physical Therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa use Flexion Distraction Therapy in treating Spinal Stenosis. This non-surgical solution opens the spinal canal and relieves the pressure to the spinal cord that causes pain. Flexion Distraction Therapy is a chiropractic technique that takes the pressure off the spinal nerves. It is performed on a table that moves in a gentle motion, allowing the spine to flex. Along with this, a chiropractor will utilize manual manipulation to relieve pressure. The goal of this type of treatment is to get the spine to move correctly without pain.
Chiropractic Treatment and Physical Therapy For Spinal Stenosis
At Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa our staff are experienced in the use of Flexion Distraction Therapy for Spinal Stenosis. Our focus is on relieving your pain and getting you back to normal daily activity. If you are experiencing back pain and burning in your legs, give us a call to discuss treatment and answer questions. We can be reached at (862) 239-1768