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Spinal stenosis is the term given to a condition in which the space within your spinal cord is narrowing. Depending on the location, you may also hear the terms cervical stenosis, if the narrowing is in your neck or lumbar stenosis if the narrowing is in your lower back. Your symptoms may be what bring you to Advanced Family Chiropractic and Rehabilitation.
Some spinal stenosis symptoms include pain in your neck or back, weakness in these areas or a tingling or numbing sensation in your arms and legs. If the stenosis is severe, you may also experience difficulty walking, troubles with balance or problems in the bathroom. The reasons for these symptoms are the narrowing of the spinal column is placing pressure on the nerves. The nerves carry signals to your arms, legs, and organs and when these are interrupted, your body does not function properly.
A narrowing of your spinal column can be due to the normal aging process or wear and tear on your spine which can cause overgrowths of the bone that interfere with the nerves. Other causes include injuries to your spine from a car accident or fall. Spinal stenosis may also occur if you are experiencing disc challenges such as a herniated disc or degenerating discs.
Dr. Paul Amato examines your spine and may use x-rays for a better idea of your spinal health. If spinal stenosis is causing you pain, muscle weakness or other difficulties, Dr. Amato uses chiropractic treatments to ease your discomfort. For example, chiropractic adjustments eliminate any spinal misalignments and reduce pressure on the nerves exiting the spine. These adjustments along with spinal decompression can aid in the repair of herniated discs which may be contributing to your spinal stenosis.
As you progress through chiropractic care and your spine is aligned, Dr. Amato uses exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your spine. This core strength helps you maintain proper posture and reduces pressure on the nerves. Once nerve pressure is alleviated, you feel less pain and your mobility improves. You are able to move freely and many times, are able to limit the progression of spinal stenosis. So, the sooner you begin chiropractic care, the less likely spinal stenosis will have lasting effects.
Dr. Paul Amato uses a natural approach to eliminate your spinal stenosis. If you are experiencing back pain, muscle weakness, limited mobility or a tingling sensation in your arms and legs, let Dr. Amato evaluate your condition and determine the appropriate treatments.
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