Many of our patients have complaints of chronic lower back pain associated with numbness, tingling and fatigue of the legs. This is a more common finding that is linked to Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Now that MRI’s are so common place the prevalence of spinal stenosis has increased significantly. The approach of surgical intervention is not the first line of defense. The attempt of conservative therapy has been accepted by the medical community. If conservative therapies fail then surgical intervention is considered more highly.
Spinal stenosis is a condition predominantly caused from spinal arthritis and disc herniations. Due to the arthritis laying down on the bone and getting thicker is begins to invade the free space that exists to allow for no pressure on the spinal cord. As the space begins to diminish the pressure builds on the cord and the resultant symptoms are fatigue, numbness, tingling and aching with activity and being upright on the feet. Resting seems to make the symptoms diminish and until once again walking.
In our office we have considerable success with chronic and acute spinal stenosis symptoms. The method of care consists of electrical therapies, massage, ultrasound and spinal decompression. Since the introduction of spinal decompression it has shown to be a highly effective modality to help with disc disease as well as spinal stenosis. We have all the above modalities to attack the situation to help control the symptoms.
Jeffrey Kemmet, Loveland Chiropractic Offices, Inc.