You’ve probably heard of spinal stenosis before. It kind of sounds like scoliosis, but it’s not that. Stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of a body channel or passageway. When the narrowing happens around a tendon, like in your wrist, it can cause localized pain, inflammation and loss of normal movement in your hand. When it happens to your spinal cord or the nerves in your spine, it can cause numbness, tingling, weakness or pain because your brain loses normal connection to your body. This most often occurs in the lower back and neck.
Spinal stenosis can be caused by wear-and-tear changes in the spine related to premature degeneration. Damage to a spinal disc, either a bulge or tear, can also compress the spinal cord or nerve roots. Since we know that subluxation causes the spine to degenerate 2-3 times faster than it would otherwise, it’s essential that we make sure there is normal movement and distribution of weight throughout the entire spine. This is one of the reasons we take x-rays and are concerned with the structure of your spine.
We are able to help those suffering with spinal stenosis, however, it’s much easier to keep someone from getting it in the first place. Our goal is to keep your spine and nerve system as healthy as possible, not just to help symptoms resolve. It always comes back to making continual, healthy lifestyle choices so that when stresses occur, we have the best chance to repair, heal and recover.