Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Disc Disease
Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the central spinal canal. It is most commonly the result of degenerative arthritis of the discs between the vertebrae, which causes compression of the spinal cord, therefore, causing back and leg pain. This most commonly occurs in the lower back, but can also occur in the neck and less frequently in the upper back. Symptoms of spinal stenosis depend on the location of the irritated nerves. When stenosis occurs in the neck, it may cause unusual sensations. These can occur in the arms or legs, can affect mobility, and possibly lead to incontinence. When the lower back is affected, the classic symptom is pain. This pain will often radiate down both legs while walking and is alleviated with rest.
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) refers to the gradual deterioration of the disc between the vertebrae. It is part of the natural aging process, and can also occur as a result of injury. While generally painless in its early stages, degeneration of the disc tissue makes the disc more susceptible to herniation. This leads to spinal pain, muscle spasms, and inflammation in the affected area. Any level of the spine can undergo disc degeneration.
Effective conservative treatment options for both spinal stenosis and DDD include chiropractic interventions such as manual chiropractic treatments and Cox Flexion-Distraction. Rehabilitation such as isolated spinal stabilization can be especially helpful with regaining normal function and improving your ability to perform daily activities.
From head to toe, the human body consists of working parts that have the tendency to become injured, break down from overuse, cause pain, and require attention. These conditions may require attention including chiropractic care and rehabilitation which can be helpful in relieving these painful conditions.