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What To Do With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

That is  a great question! Spine surgeons aren’t certain how best to treat spinal stenosis, still conservative care is benefiting from a higher regard in the medical research! Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation provides non-surgical care that is quite relieving to Tonawanda spinal stenosis sufferers. The Tonawanda chiropractic patients with spinal stenosis come to Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation will find our care gentle and comfortable and commend the research and practices that make up its administration.
Before going further lets delve into what is spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal area. In particular lumbar spinal stenosis occurs with age for many of us when degeneration of the spine occurs. One reason this happens may be due to how the spinal elements first developed. (In some cases people are born with narrow spinal canals.) Likewise spinal stenosis can be the effect of a disc herniation that is injecting itself into the spinal canal, taking up the space that is meant for the spinal nerves. No matter the cause, spinal stenosis’ narrowing is painful.
When surgeons discover spinal stenosis in a patient they often provide surgical options to englarge that narrowed space. There are many approaches from which one may pick. One avenue is decompressive surgery. It is an affordable treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis, but surgical and conservative treatment approaches result in comparable quality of life at one year follow up. (1) Spinal fusion can also be a weapon against spinal stenosis. A Cochrane Database Review, a big deal in the world of research, reports that there is no significant difference at 6 months and 12 months post spine surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Cochrane pulled from 12,966 citations to conclude further that they have very little confidence to determine whether surgical or conservative care is better for lumbar spinal stenosis. They, therefore, offer no new clinical practice recommendations for doctors to follow. They do emphasize though that side-effects from surgery range from 10% to 24% and side effects from conservative care, 0%. There were no side effects from conservative care for lumbar spine stenosis in their review. Further, they report that there were no clear benefits seen with surgery versus no surgery. They warn clinicians to carefully inform patients about possible treatment options “especially given that conservative treatment options have results in no reported side effects.” (2)
Your Tonawanda chiropractor at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation notices spinal stenosis and offers chiropractic care and spinal manipulation to conservatively relieve the pain of spinal stenosis. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation is the location for Tonawanda conservative care of back pain. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation uses the Cox Technic system of spinal manipulation to open the spinal canal area by 28%, allowing the nerves to breathe, and drop intradiscal pressures to as low as -192mmHg. (3,4)
For relief of pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis, schedule an appointment with Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation, the Tonawanda chiropractic practice for gentle relief of back pain. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation chiropractic care at Tonawanda may well be the answer to the question of “how can I manage my pain from spinal stenosis?” for you!
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