Your spinal cord is the main highway for nerve impulses, and when it is impinged by even the slightest amount, pain results. One disorder that chiropractic treatments are used to treat and that is well known to cause pain, as well as numbness and weakness in the arms or legs are called Spinal Stenosis. This week’s blog will cover some frequently asked questions about Spinal Stenosis.

What is Spinal Stenosis?

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, spinal stenosis is the “narrowing of the spaces in the spine that results in pressure on the spinal cord and or nerve roots.”

What are some symptoms?

  • Leg pain in arms or legs is a typical symptom.
  • Numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness are common symptoms.
  • With severe spinal stenosis, bladder problems can arise.

How is it diagnosed?

  • The doctor will take your medical history to see if an injury or a medical condition could be the cause of your symptoms.
  • A physical exam will take place to see what your range of motion is like, and when the symptoms occur.
  • To complete the diagnosis the doctor will order an x-ray, a CAT scan or an MRI to visualize the problem.
  • A myelogram may also be ordered. This is a liquid that shows up on X-rays and can show the pressure on the spinal cord.

Are there ways to relieve the pain?

  • A chiropractor will look but subluxations – misalignments- of the spine, that can be contributing to this problem and a treatment will realign the vertebrae to treat spinal stenosis.

Call Progressive Health and Rehab today for an appointment.