What is Spinal Stenosis (Canal Stenosis or Spinal Canal Stenosis)?
Spinal stenosis (Spinal Canal Stenosis) occurs when the spinal canal (housing of the spinal cord) or spinal foraminal (the opening between the spinal bone where the nerves exit) reduces in size. Spinal canal stenosis has various forms. In fact, there are three types, Central canal stenosis, lateral stenosis and foraminal stenosis. The foraminal stenosis is by far the most common form of spinal stenosis. For the most part, spinal stenosis is a developmental disorder that takes years. Injuries, poor posture, and neglect of A mild condition are the leading causes of spinal stenosis. However, it needs mentioning that there are congenital forms of spinal stenosis.
The most common denominator in spinal stenosis is the degenerative cascade. Risk factors for spinal stenosis increase with degenerative changes in bones, joints, ligaments, spinal discs, and muscles degenerate. Majority of patients that suffer from this disorder may be asymptomatic. Symptoms often start when the stenotic spine is stressed, damaged or irritated. Pain and symptoms associated with spinal stenosis are similar to sciatica. Pain and symptoms caused in patients with spinal stenosis is the result of compression if either nerve, spinal cord or both. Key to recovery is early diagnosis and targeted systems of treatment that address the cause. That is our chiropractors will perform tests to diagnose the cause accurately.
Cause and Effects of Spinal Canal Shrinkage
As mentioned, Spinal Stenosis (Canal Shrinkage) is the gradual narrowing of the spinal canal and the vertebral foramina. Narrowing of the spinal canal results from disc degenerations, disc herniations/protrusions (slip disc AKA slipped disc), osteophytes (spinal bone spurs), and the thickening of ligamentum flavum or through a combination of one or more of these issues. Spinal Stenosis is a treatable non-surgically through our methods of integrative treatments back with technology. We have helped thousands recover. Call one of our centers today for the best non-operative treatment option today.
Back pain, pain in the buttocks or pain in the legs, along with weakness, is the most common symptoms of Spinal Stenosis. The harshness of symptoms is dependent on the severity, and degree of shrinkage in the spinal canal. Also, the degree of nerve compression within the foramina can significantly increase symptoms of spinal canal stenosis. However, there are other disorders the can complicate the degree of symptoms of a canal stenosis. Spinal canal shrinkage is a serious health condition. Neglect or worsening can lead to life-altering disabilities. In fact, minor spinal issues can become significantly painful in the presence of spinal canal stenosis or shrinkage.
Lumbar Stenosis (Shrinkage of the spinal canal)
Lumbar stenosis is the most common type of spinal stenosis. It is only second to cervical stenosis. While lumbar spinal stenosis can occur at any segment, it is most common at the L4-L5 or the L5-S1 segments of the spine.
The lumbar stenosis mimic symptoms of vascular insufficiency. Patients with vascular insufficiencies are diagnosed with claudication. In vascular insufficiency, the pain lessens when sitting and worsen while walking. But, with lumbar spinal stenosis, the pain is present in sitting and walking. However, lumbar stenosis patients complain of increased pain during sitting positions.
It is common for people diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis to experience a relief of symptoms when seated. If the stenosis is severe, sitting will also be quite painful. Lumbar stenosis patients describe leg pain or fatigue with walking. Many will even describe increased tolerance or relief while leaning forward on a shopping cart such as when walking when flexed forward to walking. While lumbar spinal stenosis can occur at any segment, it is most common at the L4-L5 or the L5-S1 segments of the spine.
Can a Misaligned Vertebrae Cause Shrinkage of Spinal Canal or the Intervertebral Foramina?
Misaligned vertebrae leads to a decrease in the size of the vertebral foramina (opening between the spinal bones where the nerves exit). The degree of malfunction and pain is usually directly related to the severity of a misaligned vertebra. It is for this reason that a minor misalignment can cause moderate to severe pain in individuals afflicted with spinal stenosis. Stenosis can occur in virtually every person. The severity of pain can vary from mild pain to debilitating back pain.
Commonly, bed rest, massage, physical therapy, and pain medications, including steroidal injections, have been prescribed. The effectiveness of these treatments has varied, often leaving a person with a loss of hope. Most live with the pain needlessly!
Can you get Shrinkage in the Spinal Canal of the Neck (Cervical) or Intervertebral Foramina (Openings Between Neck Bones)?
Cervical Stenosis (shrinkage of the spinal canal in the neck) is similar to the lumbar stenosis but occurs in the neck. However, cervical stenosis can be more critical than the lumbar stenosis. In cervical stenosis, the spinal cord can be compressed. Spinal cord compression in the neck can impact every cell and tissue from the neck all the way to your toes. As such, it’s critical nature. Neck pain, shoulder pain, pain in shoulder blades, are common symptoms. At times, most symptoms are similar to a thoracic outlet syndrome, or even have carpal tunnel like symptoms. Therefore, accurate diagnosis by our experts is needed to identify the cause.
Patients with cervical stenosis often complain of various symptoms including weakness in arms, legs and trunk muscles. In fact, it can even cause organ disorders. In severe cases, it can cause arrhythmia and lung insufficiencies. Both the lumbar and cervical stenosis are leading causes of paralysis. Therefore, head the warning and get targeted care early to avoid life-altering changes that are too difficult to cope.
Spinal cord compression is termed myelopathy. Conservative care such as those rendered in our centers can help you avoid the perils of invasive surgical interventions.
Upper and Mid Canal Shrinkage
Lumbar and cervical stenosis are relatively common occurrences in those that neglect minor spine disorders. The upper and mid back portions of the spine can also become stenotic. However, thoracic stenosis is rare. Degenerative changes, repeated trauma, and neglect are often the primary reasons for stenosis in the thoracic region. The thoracic stenosis conditions are diagnosed in the upper or middle segments of the spine. Compression fractures (degenerative fractures) are the leading causes of thoracic spinal stenosis. The most common cause of degenerative fractures is osteoporosis.
At Chiropractic Specialty Center®, there is hope.
The most common causes of spinal canal stenosis are extruded discs, fragment disc, and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. Surgeons always recommend spine surgery. Bu,t you don’t need spine surgery to recover from symptoms of spinal canal stenosis. Spine surgery performed for spinal canal stenosis is often through spine fusion. Spine fusion has the highest rate of failure amongst the various forms of spine surgery. So, before you opt for neck surgery or back surgery (spine surgery), visit one of our centers. We can provide you with a better and lasting relief without ever going through a neck surgery or back surgery.
We utilize State-of-the-Art technology (NSD Therapy®) to render specific and specialized treatments to bring about stability. NSD Therapy® is not a single method of therapy or treatment. It is a highly skilled multi-prong system of collaborative care rendered by a team of chiropractors and physiotherapists. This system of care has proven to be of significant help to those that suffer from a slipped disc (slip disc or disc herniation), spinal stenosis, sciatica, degenerations, and arthritis. There is no system of the method of care that has proven more efficient when compared to NSD Therapy®. Our success rate in our centers are the highest in the country (above 95%).
Chiropractic Specialty Center® is the Only Center that Offers NSD Therapy®
The Goal of NSD Therapy® is to target specific sites or segments that are damaged. It is designed to alleviate pressure off of the nerves. Treatments are painless and completed in a few short weeks. If you have neck pain, back pain, slipped disc (disc herniations or protrusions) considers NSD Therapy®. Visit us and compare our therapy option(s) to others in town. We succeed when others fail. The spinal stenosis treatments given by our clinical chiropractors in Malaysia is targeted, effective, and better compared to care you get elsewhere.
We succeed when others fail. Our successes are the result of our dedication to excellence in both chiropractic and physiotherapy. Thus, the clinical successes we achieve are the results of combining our technology, and our integrative therapy approaches perfectly to bring about results other centers cannot match in Malaysia. As such we are amendment when we say that we offer you the best of Chiropractic in Malaysia. . If you are in pain or suffer from stenosis, call us. Our chiropractors have the skills, and advanced spine technology to offer you the best spinal stenosis treatment in Malaysia.