Did you know that back pain is the second most common reason that a person visits their doctor in the United States? Back pain is a broad category, and therefore many many reasons can cause it. Often times you may hear terminology such as spinal stenosis, disc herniation, sciatica, cervical pain, bulging or slipped discs when doctors diagnose your back pain. Spinal stenosis is common cause of back pain. It is often seen in older populations. When spinal stenosis is present, the space in which the nerve and vascular tissue narrow. This can be from shifting bone structures or thickening of ligaments. The picture above shows a typical case of spinal stenosis.
Common symptoms of spinal stenosis present as low back pain that can radiate down into the buttocks and legs. Sensory symptoms can also present as numbness, tingling, muscle fatigue, muscle weakness, or a pins and needles sense in the toes. Often times patients are put on narcotics, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory medications, or have surgery to try and relieve their pain.
The great news for patients suffering from spinal stenosis is that chiropractic treatments have been proven to alleviate pain and suffering! A study from the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine followed a 76 year old man who had moderate to severe spinal stenosis. He had been suffering for many many years. It only took 12 chiropractic adjustments to fully alleviate his pain! By removing the subluxations in his neck and spine, the body was able to heal the spinal stenosis. We see patients every single day get better and full relief of spinal stenosis in our office who thought they'd be on medication their entire lives or worse have surgery.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson
MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC
10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28214
Tel (704) 394-8556
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Stuber, L., Sajko, S., and Kristmanson, K. "Chiropractic Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis:A Review of the Literature." Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. (June 2009): 8(2) 77-85.