Canal stenosis is the narrowing of the space within your spine which puts pressure on the nerves that are found throughout your spine. Like many other spine injuries, canal stenosis tends to affect the neck and lower back most often. When the spaces within your spine start to narrow, it can cause a variety of symptoms. Some patients experiencing an aching pain in their affected area while others show no symptoms at all. In rare cases, severe canal stenosis can progress and cause permanent issues such as:
- Balance problems
- And in the most severe cases, paralysis
Having regular check-ups with your doctor can help us to get ahead of spinal injuries like canal stenosis. our chiropractor will diagnose and treat your canal stenosis. Like other spinal injuries, the diagnosis of spinal stenosis begins with a physical examination and followed up with imaging procedures such as an MRI, X-ray, or CT scan. Once our chiropractor finalizes a diagnosis, we will speak with you about the several treatment options available to you.
Typically, a patient will first begin with over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen. our chiropractor will create a regimen for physical therapy. Physical therapy can help alleviate pain, strengthen your spine, and relieve tension. If neither physical therapy or medication alleviate pain, there are surgical options our chiropractor can discuss with you.