Spinal stenosis is a disorder that occurs when the open spaces in the spine become more narrowed. This can put pressure on the spinal cord, as well as, the other nerves that arise from the spine to the arms and legs.
Spinal stenosis is most common in the neck and lower back. When spinal stenosis occurs in the neck, the patient may experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arm, hand, leg, or foot, however, most people experience symptoms in the hand. When spinal stenosis occurs in the lower back, patients may experience pain in the legs, especially after standing for long periods of time or walking around. Pain may be alleviated when patients sit down or bend forward. Some patients may also notice trouble with balance, bladder function, and bowel function.
In some cases, a person may be born with a small spinal canal, however, most cases of spinal stenosis occur later in life. Some of the possible causes of spinal stenosis include:
Bulging or herniated discs in the spine
Overgrowth of bone
Injuries to the spine
In rare cases, spinal stenosis may also occur because of tumors inside or near the spinal cord.
When a patient comes in with the symptoms of spinal stenosis, the clinical team will perform an exam, ask questions, and order imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis. The symptoms of spinal stenosis can also occur with other conditions, so the doctors want to be sure they are treating the right problem.
Once the doctor has confirmed a diagnosis of spinal stenosis, they will work together to create and implement a treatment plan customized to meet the patient’s unique needs.
In traditional medicine, treatments for spinal stenosis usually focus on medication and surgery, however, FTMC approaches the treatment of this disorder differently. This facility offers several non-and minimally invasive treatment options to patients with spinal stenosis, including, but not limited to, corrective exercises, spinal manipulation, cold laser, and injection therapy.
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