Spinal Stenosis is a condition in which the space between the spinal columns narrows down. This places pressure on the spinal nerves that run across the spine. It mostly occurs in the lower back and cervical (neck) region. Some people suffering from spinal stenosis may not display any kind of symptoms while others may have numbness and tingling sensations and numbness in muscles which may worsen over time.
Spinal stenosis occurs due to:
- Bone overgrowth: the spinal wear and tear due to arthritis can lead to bone spurs formation which extends inside the spinal canal.
- Herniated disc disease in which the soft cushioning between the spinal vertebrae reduce or dries out due to aging. This form cracks on the exterior of a disc which allows the soft material inside it to escape and place pressure on the spinal nerves.
- Thickened ligaments: Ligaments are the strong cords that help in holding spinal bones together. These may stiff or thickened with the passage of time leading to bulging in the spinal canal.
- Injury to the spine due to trauma or accidents.
- Tumors or abnormal growths inside the spinal canal can also cause spinal stenosis.
Types of Spinal Stenosis
There can be two types of spinal stenosis depending on where it occurs, including the following;
- Cervical stenosis: In this condition, the narrowing of space occurs in the spinal portion located within your neck.
- Lumbar stenosis: In this condition, the narrowing of space occurs in the spinal portion located in your lower back. It is most commonly experienced spinal stenosis condition.
Most people with spinal stenosis may not display symptoms in the beginning. The symptoms show up gradually and get worse over time.
Symptoms of Cervical Stenosis
- Numbing or tingling of hands, legs, feet or arms
- Weakness in arms, hands, legs or feet
- Pain in the neck
- In case of severe cervical stenosis, dysfunction in bowel or bladder function can occur
Symptoms of Lumbar Stenosis
- Numbness or tingling sensations in the legs or feet
- Weakness in leg or feet
- Cramping or aches in both legs or a single leg, especially while standing for an extended period or walking
- Pain in the back
At Precision Spinal Care, our expert conducts a thorough examination. We also take digital X-rays to understand the condition and exact location of the spinal stenosis precisely. This enables us to develop a customized treatment plan including advanced NUCCA spine care techniques according to the specific treatment needs of the patient.
Our specialist Dr. Packer with his years of expertise and experience perform NUCCA correction to align the spine and restore to its balanced position. As NUCCA correction is incredibly accurate, this relieves the pressure on nerves and relieves pain. This procedure promotes an active and speedy recovery. After procedure X-rays are also taken to identify the extent of adjustment and effectiveness of treatment.
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