You probably take it for granted, but your spine does a lot of work each day for your body. Until something feels wrong, your spine is likely not on your mind. For those who suffer from a painful condition known as spinal stenosis, it is a daily reminder of how an abnormality can really affect your quality of life.
What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Stenosis is the result of an abnormal narrowing in the spinal canal. The canal is formed by the openings of bones stacked on top of each other. When there is limited space for the spinal cord and nerves, compression or squeezing occurs, which is as painful as it sounds.
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Patients with spinal stenosis report feelings of
- low back pain
- numbness & tingling
- balance issues & increased falls
- muscle weakness and/or cramping
These symptoms can be rather alarming. If you experience increasing weakness in the arms or incontinence for more than six weeks, it’s time to see a professional. The good news is this condition can be treated most times without medication.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment
At the Busch Chiropractic Pain Center in Fort Wayne, IN, we have helped countless patients regain control of their quality of life through the DRS Protocol™. The DRS Protocol™ treatment utilizes decompression, reduction, and stabilization to treat chronic disc conditions including spinal stenosis without surgery or addictive drugs.
You might be wondering if you’re at risk for spinal stenosis. Those with arthritis, who are usually over 50, are more susceptible. This is because aging takes a toll on the body, especially the spine. This stress on the spine can lead to spinal stenosis. However, it’s important to realize that not all older people will develop this condition. Genetics can play a part, as well as lifestyle. For example, those with physically demanding jobs are more at risk to develop this condition than those with desk jobs.
We want to show you that living a pain-free life is possible. To regain control of your quality of life, call the Busch Chiropractic Pain Center today at (260) 471-4090.