Back Pain! Find out how Chiropractic treatment can help you with your back pain. It is both safe and effective, and is the preferred treatment for back pain according to national guidelines…
Chiropractic Treatment And Cervical Central Stenosis
It can occur if bony spurs form from the vertebra and narrow the spinal canal, but there can be other reasons. It can put pressure on the spinal cord, called myelopathy. If you have spinal cord compression in the neck it is often associated with leg symptoms, such as pain, stiffness and unsteadiness, and sometimes bowel and bladder problems.
Central stenosis can affect any level of the spine but the neck and lower back are most common.
Symptoms Of Cervical Central Stenosis
Cervical lateral stenosis is a condition that causes narrowing of the canal where the spinal nerve exits from the spine, resulting in a variety of symptoms. Our chiropractors are trained to conduct a thorough neurological exam to identify any potential central stenosis in the neck, which is a more severe form of cervical stenosis that affects the spinal cord.
Signs of nerve compression may include pain, tingling, numbness, weakness in both arms or legs, stiffness, difficulty balancing, and issues with bowel and bladder control. By conducting a thorough examination, our chiropractors can diagnose and treat cervical lateral stenosis and provide the appropriate care for each patient’s unique needs.
Causes Of Cervical Central Stenosis
The most common reasons for cervical lateral stenosis are degenerative changes and wear and tear of the spine, where spurs form from the joints and vertebral bodies and start to encroach on the central canal.
Another common cause can be disc injuries, such as acute disc herniations or longstanding degenerative disc injuries. Trauma can also lead to fractures, dislocations, and bleeding, causing central stenosis. Additionally, some individuals may be born with a more narrow central canal, putting them at higher risk of developing stenosis due to congenital stenosis. While less common, other causes may include cysts or tumors.
Given the range of potential causes, it’s important to undergo a thorough examination to accurately diagnose cervical lateral stenosis. By identifying the underlying cause of the condition, our chiropractors can develop an appropriate treatment plan that addresses the root of the problem. With the right care and management, many patients can effectively manage the symptoms of cervical lateral stenosis and improve their overall quality of life.
How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Cervical Central Stenosis
Cervical Central Stenosis is potentially a very serious condition and if severe can cause significant nerve symptoms, which can become permanent if the problem is not dealt with quickly. You might require surgery.
That is why we would most likely refer you for MRI imaging to establish the severity and cause of the compression.
But if the compression and symptoms are mild, surgery is usually not the first port of call, conservative management such as chiropractic treatment is then a good option.
We adapt our treatment methods to suit your condition. We have several patients that we have co-managed over the years together with the GP and Orthopaedic- or Neurosurgeon.
Those patients have been given help and support with their pain.