Spinal Stenosis is a common condition that occurs when the small spinal canal (foramen), which contains the spinal cord and nerve roots becomes narrowed. This causes compression or pinching of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots which often leads to pain and other symptoms.
Usually, the narrowing of the foramen is created by general ‘wear and tear’ of the spine and increases with age. The most common cause of spinal stenosis are degenerative changes (osteoarthritis) in the spinal column and the discs between the vertebrae. It may also be caused by thickening of the ligaments, bulging or herniated discs, backward slippage of the vertebrae and trauma.
Not everyone with spinal stenosis will develop symptoms if a nerve gets compressed and trapped, however, if symptoms are triggered they tend to only affect one side of the body and can include:
Symptoms of spinal stenosis often start slowly and get worse over time. Typically, a person with this condition complains of severe pain in the lower back, legs and calves when standing or walking. Pain may come more quickly when walking up or down a hill, a ramp or steps. Usually, it is relieved by sitting down or bending forward. When spinal stenosis progresses in severity, symptoms may become more constant which can therefore result in permanent nerve injury.
At The Disc Doctor we use non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy for patients with Spinal Stenosis. The non-invasive HillDT Spinal Decompression table gently pulls and releases the spine creating space in the spinal canal. This relieves pressure on the spinal nerves and hence decreases pain and other related symptoms. For more treatment information click here