Many patients who suffer from spinal stenosis wonder about spinal stenosis treatments and natural remedies. So what exactly is the best treatment for spinal stenosis? Is walking good for spinal stenosis?
The answer is simple, YES! Walking is one of the best exercises to alleviate and relieve some of the pains from your spinal stenosis. Walking is the perfect low-impact activity, and if at any time it becomes too painful, you can switch up your pace without risking any injury. If you can, you should aim for at least one walk a day. If your spinal stenosis is so severe that it’s becoming difficult to walk at all, it’s critical to seek out gentle NUCCA chiropractic corrections to ease your symptoms.
Besides just walking, NUCCA corrections can assist in alleviating spinal stenosis symptoms and pains. If you’re experiencing frequent aches and pains from spinal stenosis, then consider a gentle NUCCA correction to help relieve symptoms.
Experiencing Spinal Stenosis Pains?
Over time or due to pressure, spinal stenosis occurs when the space around your spinal cord can constrict, causing undue strain on your nerve roots. So what’s the primary reason for spinal stenosis? Mainly just wear-and-tear from living a healthy normal life.
Osteoarthritis and bone spur also commonly lead to spinal stenosis, and it some cases, bone spurs are brought on by patients suffering from spinal stenosis. As we age, the cartilage in our body is worn down, and eventually, our bones will rub against each other. Ultimately, this is one of the major causes of spinal stenosis.
So besides osteoarthritis, bone spurs, and normal wear and tear from everyday life, spinal stenosis can be caused by herniated disks, abnormal growths, thickened ligaments. Additionally, major trauma caused to the spine, and Paget’s disease can cause severe cases of spinal stenosis, so it’s essential to stay aware of the signs your body is giving you.
If you’ve been experiencing spinal stenosis since birth or started noticing symptoms in early childhood, then this is a special kind of spinal stenosis known as congenital spinal stenosis. Also, it’s important to note that as you age, specifically people over the age of 60, your chance of experiencing spinal stenosis symptoms starts to increase. The symptoms you’ll experience from spinal stenosis include weakness in the legs, a general numbness, and of course, back pain.
Spinal Stenosis Causes
So some people are born with smaller spinal canals than most other people, this is a condition that can lead to spinal stenosis. Other common spinal stenosis causes include:
Bone Overgrowth – osteoarthritis and Paget’s disease can cause wear and tear damage to your spinal bones over time. This can cause bone spurs to grow, also known as bone overgrowth.
Spinal Injury – trauma like car accidents and sporting injuries can lead to vertebral fractures and dislocations. The bone fragments that can result from a spinal fracture leads to further damage in the spinal canal. This then leads to the nearby tissue swelling up and causing damage and pain.
Herniated disks – as you age, the cushions that generally act as shock absorbers between your vertebrae start to wear out and become dry. Any significant cracks on a disk’s exterior will allow some of the soft, cushy, inner material to leak out and then cause undue pressure on the adjacent spinal cord and nerves.
Thickened ligaments – the bones of your spine are held together by ligaments; these are tight cords that can become overly stiff or thickened over time. Eventually, your thickened ligaments can start to bulge out and into the spinal canal, causing undue pressure and strain.
Tumors – inside of the spinal cord, in the space between the spinal cord and within membranes covering the spinal cord, it’s entirely possible for abnormal growths to occur. While these tumors are not common, they can happen, but luckily they’re completely identifiable via MRI or spine imaging.
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
So a lot of peoples spines will actually show evidence of spinal stenosis in an MRI scan, but they won’t have symptoms right away. However once spinal stenosis starts to occur it will eventually degrade more over time. Depending on where the stenosis is located along the spine, patients will experience varying severeness of their symptoms.
(Cervical spine) Neck Symptoms
• Numbness, Tingling, or weakness in the hand, arm, foot or leg
• Problems with walking and balance
• Neck pain
(Lumbar spine) Lower Back Symptoms
• Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the foot or leg
• Pain or cramping in one or both legs when standing
• Back pain
Tired of Enduring Spinal Stenosis Pain?
Dr. Flory can help you alleviate the symptoms of your chronic spinal stenosis pains. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and start treating your spinal stenosis symptoms. With a series of gentle NUCCA corrections, you can begin to experience relief from your back pain, numbness, or any of the myriad of signs you’re currently enduring. Please don’t put it off any longer, contact Atlas Brain Spine to start your NUCCA chiropractic treatment plan now!
Dr. Tymothy L. Flory graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Before opening Atlas Brain Spine, Dr. Flory practiced Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Flory completed Board Certification of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association in 2012 and is currently a Credentialed Instructor for the organization.