Spinal Stenosis Treated with Spinal Decompression Therapy
A condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and/or exiting nerve roots. Stenosis means “a narrowing.” Spinal stenosis may affect the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. Lumbar spinal stenosis results in low back pain and can radiate down the nerves into the buttocks, hips, legs, thighs or feet. Cervical spinal stenosis results in neck pain and can radiate into the nerves of shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands. Thoracic spinal stenosis can radiate pain around the ribs.
There are two types of spinal stenosis.
- Central canal stenosis is a narrowing of the channel in the center of each vertebra that the spinal cord passes through on its way down the spine.
- Foraminal stenosis is a narrowing of the channel on either side of the vertebra where the spinal nerve roots exit on their way to various parts of the body, such as down the arms or legs.
Contributing Factors For Spinal Stenosis
Although it is true that some individuals congenitally have larger or smaller canals than others, the most common cause of the narrowing is usually a combination of three degenerative factors present in varying degrees.
- Bulging Disc or herniation – obstructing the canal
- Disc dehydration with subsequent loss of disc height (a process known as desiccation) – narrowing the space between the vertebrae
- Bone spur formation due to osteoarthritis, a condition known as osteophytosis –decreases the space occupied by spinal nerves
These three factors in various combination and degrees of severity compromise the space in the channel, which can compress (pinch) the nerve. This can be referred to as Degenerative Disc disease (DDD), the most common cause of spinal stenosis.
Scar tissue formation as a result of prior surgical fusion is another factor that can contribute to spinal stenosis.
How Does Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy Help?
Marine City Chiropractor specializes in spinal decompression therapy to help reverse the changes in spinal stenosis. The treatment works by gently separating the problem disc(s), creating a negative pressure inside the disc to pull water, oxygen, and nutrients into the disc. This process helps rehydrate a degenerated disc, bringing in the nutrients needed to heal fibers and slow down the degenerative process. As the disc is re-hydrated, the shock absorbing properties are restored. In many cases, some of the lost height is restored as well, creating more space for the nerve.
It is possible to get relief of your sciatic pain without drugs, dangerous shots or surgery. To Stop Your Pain and Get Relief. Contact us to schedule an appointment for Spinal Decompression Therapy at The Gilbert Clinic.
At The Gilbert Clinic, we’re proud to treat patients with spinal stenosis problems from Marine City, Algonac, St. Clair, Marysville, Port Huron, Chesterfield, New Baltimore, and the Macomb and St. Clair County surrounding areas! Start feeling better today!