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What To Do With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Wonderful question! Spine surgeons are not positive about the best route for spinal stenosis, yet conservative care is gaining a higher regard in the medical research! Chiropractic Associates delivers non-surgical care that is quite soothing to Preston spinal stenosis sufferers. Our patients at Preston who have spinal stenosis come to Chiropractic Associates will find our care gentle and comfortable and praise the research and procedures that are the pillars of its administration.
First of all, what is spinal stenosis? Spinal stenosis is what happens when the spinal canal area is narrowed. For a good number of us lumbar spinal stenosis occurs with age when erosion of the spine develops. It may be due to how the spinal elements were formed from the beginning. (Sometimes people are born with narrow spinal canals.) Spinal stenosis could also be caused by a disc herniation that is implanting itself into the spinal canal, taking up the space that is meant for the spinal nerves. Regardless of the cause, spinal stenosis’ narrowing creates pain.
Often when a surgeon sees that a patient has spinal stenosis they will provide surgical options to broaden that narrowed space. There are many approaches from which you may choose. Decompressive surgery is one such example. It is an affordable treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis, but surgical and conservative treatment approaches result in comparable quality of life at one year follow up. (1) Also a patient may consider spinal fusion. A Cochrane Database Review, a big deal in the world of research, reports that there is no significant difference at 6 months and 12 months post spine surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Cochrane pulled from 12,966 citations to conclude further that they have very little confidence to determine whether surgical or conservative care is better for lumbar spinal stenosis. They, therefore, offer no new clinical practice recommendations for doctors to follow. They do emphasize though that side-effects from surgery range from 10% to 24% and side effects from conservative care, 0%. There were no side effects from conservative care for lumbar spine stenosis in their review. Further, they report that there were no clear benefits seen with surgery versus no surgery. They warn clinicians to carefully inform patients about possible treatment options “especially given that conservative treatment options have results in no reported side effects.” (2)
When your chiropractor at Chiropractic Associates observes spinal stenosis they will provide chiropractic care and spinal manipulation to conservatively relieve the pain of spinal stenosis. Chiropractic Associates is the location for Preston conservative care of back pain. Chiropractic Associates uses the Cox Technic system of spinal manipulation to open the spinal canal area by 28%, allowing the nerves to breathe, and drop intradiscal pressures to as low as -192mmHg. (3,4)
When lumbar spinal stenosis is causing you pain, contact Chiropractic Associates, the Preston chiropractic practice for gentle relief of back pain. Chiropractic Associates chiropractic care at Preston may well be the answer to the question of “what to do with spinal stenosis?” for you!
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