Many patients feel that once they have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis that they are destined to a lifetime of pain. Over 65 million people will be diagnosed with it over the next decade. Up to 47% of patients with back pain will have asymptomatic spinal stenosis. Surgery and epidural injections are not the only alternative and recent studies have shown that conservative care has similar clinical outcomes and without the risks associated with spinal surgery or epidurals.
The high rate of lumbar MRI abnormalities in completely asymptomatic patients has long been known, as the fact that many are performed discordant with published guidelines. Problems arise from the start when imaging findings are overemphasized. This can lead to patients with a decreased perception of their health, fear - avoidance, increased risk of chronicity and an increased rate of unnecessary spinal surgery.
Lower back pain in and of itself is not the hallmark, it usually will involve the legs to some extent and is related to one's activities and their posture. Legs are usually painful and fatigue easily. A tingling sensation in the legs while walking or nocturnal leg cramps ("charlie horses") are also other symptoms that are commonly noted.
Symptoms are usually relieved with standing or walking while bent forward at the waist (think of walking in a grocery store while leaning forward on the shopping cart), sitting or bed rest.
There are basically 2 common forms of stenosis.
Central canal stenosis from the spinal vertebra enlarging around the spinal cord and / or a large disc protrusion or herniation. this type basically chokes off the spinal cord.
Formainal stenosis is usually from a disc bulge or herniation and to some extent osteophytes (bone spurs) formation which usually presses on the nerves to the legs and feet.
At Molloy Chiropractic Center for over 30 years the utilization of various combinations of flexion - distraction, spinal manipulation, ultrasound and acupuncture are delivering favorable results.
Typically if these procedures are going to be successful with the patient, then results are usually seen within 4 weeks.
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