Lumbar stenosis is a condition that affects the lower spine, causing the narrowing of the spinal canal and nerve root canals. This narrowing can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs. If left untreated, lumbar stenosis can cause serious health issues such as leg paralysis and incontinence. Fortunately, chiropractic care is an effective treatment for lumbar stenosis with no surgery or medication necessary. Read on to learn more about how chiropractic care can help treat this condition.
What Causes Lumbar Stenosis?
Lumbar stenosis is typically caused by aging, arthritis-related changes in the body, or injury. As people age, their bones tend to become thicker and start pressing against the spinal cord or nerve roots due to the narrowing of the space in the spinal canal. In addition, arthritis can cause swelling in the joints of the spine which may lead to further narrowing of that space. Lastly, any type of injury or trauma to the area may also cause lumbar stenosis due to scarring or thickening of tissues around the spine.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help?
Chiropractors use manual manipulation techniques on patients suffering from lumbar stenosis in order to reduce pain and improve function and mobility in their lower back region. By gently stretching soft tissues around the spine and manipulating joint structures, a chiropractor is able to relieve pressure on nerves as well as reduce inflammation associated with lumbar stenosis. This helps alleviate lower back pain as well as improve mobility by increasing the range of motion in affected areas.
Chiropractic doctors may also recommend exercises tailored specifically for those with lumbar stenosis that help strengthen muscles around affected joints while improving flexibility at those same joints. This type of exercise helps support proper posture while reducing inflammation and pain associated with this condition even further. Furthermore, chiropractors often advise patients to make lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or changing their diet in order to reduce risk factors for developing this condition again in future years.
Lumbar stenosis is a serious condition that can lead to severe complications if left untreated; however, it doesn’t have to be treated through surgery or medication alone! Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for those suffering from lumbar stenosis because it not only helps reduce pain but also improves function and mobility through manual manipulation techniques and targeted exercises designed specifically for this condition. Therefore if you are experiencing any symptoms associated with lumbar stenosis don’t hesitate to reach out.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC or another chiropractor in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!