What Is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal in your lower back. The lumbar area is the lower part of your back. Spinal stenosis can occur in any part of your back, but the most common area for problems is the lower back or lumbar area. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is what occurs when the spinal canal narrows and causes pressure on the spinal cord. This pressure results in pain and burning in the legs. The chiropractors and therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa are experts at treating the pain of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.
What Causes Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Typically, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is caused by the gradual wear and tear that
your joints suffer over time. This is known as osteoarthritis. This condition
causes changes in people by age 50. People who develop spinal stenosis are usually
50 or older, and it happens more commonly in women. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis can also
be caused by an injury to the spine, and by a past surgery of the spine. Other
possible causes are rheumatoid arthritis, bone diseases, spinal tumors.
Symptoms and Treatment
There are sometimes no early symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. The signs of this
condition develop over time. Some symptoms are:
- Back pain
- Burning sensation travelling into the buttocks and down into the legs
- Numbness, tingling, cramping of the legs
- Loss of sensation in the feet, or a weakness in the foot that causes it to slap
down when walking
If you develop more acute symptoms or pain in the lumbar region, you should consult
a doctor right away.
Elite Spine & Sports Care physical therapists use Flexion Distraction Therapy in treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. This is a non-surgical solution that opens the spinal canal and relieves the pressure to the spinal cord that is causing the pain. Flexion Distraction Therapy is a chiropractic technique that increases the motion of the spine and takes the pressure off the spinal nerves. It is performed on a table that moves in a gentle motion, allowing the spine to flex. At the same time a chiropractor will use manual manipulation to address disc herniation or bulging. The goal of this treatment is to get the spine to move correctly and relieve pressure.
Seek Help for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Our chiropractors and physical therapists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa are
experienced in the use of Flexion Distraction Therapy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. We
look forward to discussing this treatment with you and answering any questions you may
have. Our focus is always to relieve your pain and allow you to get back to normal.
Call us at (862) 239-1768 or stop in to make an appointment with one of our
expert therapists at 349-351 Union Boulevard, Totowa, NJ.