By Anthony Galante
Dr. Anthony Galante is an Algonquin Chiropractor who effectively treats spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis describes an abnormal restricting of the spinal canal that “pinches” the nerves which causes pain, burning, numbness in one or both legs. The symptoms get worse with prolonged standing and walking and are relieved by rest. The part of the leg affected by this condition directly correlates to where the stenosis occurs on the spine.
Differences between Cervical Stenosis and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
The origin of the word stenosis hails from Greece and means choking. Speaking of the medical condition, spinal stenosis describes a compression of the spinal cord or never roots, rather than choking. The feeling patients describe includes numbness, burning, cramping, loss or balance, loss of muscular control, and pain that ranges from a dull ache to debilitating.
There are two forms of spinal stenosis.
1. Cervical spinal stenosis is a more serious condition because it compresses the spinal cord. This condition can develop serious symptoms, including weakness and paralysis. The more common symptoms are neck and upper back pain with associated pain, burning and numbness in the arms. The underlying cause is usually chronic degeneration (arthritis).
2.Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs when something compresses the nerve in the lower back. The sensation is pain, burning and numbness that radiates from the lower back down through the buttocks and leg, and at times reaches the foot. The symptoms are aggravated with standing and walking, the longer you stand and walk, the worse the symptoms. Sitting usually relieves the pain. There are occasions where lumbar stenosis advances enough where it produces severe and persistent disabling pain.
Doctors will have a high degree of clinical suspicion of stenosis after a thorough consultation and history.
A complete exam with range of motion tests, othopedic and neurologic evaluation, posture assesment, muscle testing, leg length evaluation and palpatory assesment is necessary.
Depending on the history and examination diagnostic imaging will consists of radiographic evaluation (X-rays) and /or advanced imaging to include MRI and CT scans.
An accurate diagnosis can be made by an Algonquin Chiropractor with the information received from above.
What can I do for it?
Treatment options include painful injections and risky surgery.
Most people want to avoid these invasive procedures, especially if effective, non-invasive treatments are available.
At Algonquin Chiropractic Center, we individualize patients treatment plans.
We may use any combination of manipulation, Cox Technic, moblization, physical therapy, topical analgesics, soft tissue techniques, massage, exercises and rehabilitation, diet and nutrition.
I have found the Cox Technic to be very effective for stenosis. This painless technique decompresses irritated disc and nerve fibers which relieves the pain, numbness, burning and cramping in the legs. Often, patients can stand and walk for considerably longer than before treatment.
For cases that don’t respond as anticipated, I work closely with radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pain management doctors and physical therapists.
Stenosis is a serious condition that can have a huge impact on your quality of life, don’t let the pain stop you! Get examined today by an Algonquin Chiropractor!