Spinal stenosis is a disorder that you might not have heard about until affects you or someone you know. It's a disorder brought on by the narrowing of the spinal canal -- which comes as a result of facet joint and intervertebral disc degeneration. During spinal stenosis, bone spurs (also known as osteophytes) start to develop, which grow into your spinal canal. Your facet joints enlarge and become arthritic, which leaves minimal space for nerve roots.
Spinal Stenosis and Spinal Distortion Symptoms Include:
Painful legs or buttocks, which is believed to be due to the compression of microvascular structures. Microvascular structures carry blood to nerve roots.
Patients living with spinal stenosis might also experience discomfort in the lower back area -- some might experience such severe discomfort that they won't be able to walk.
Some patients living with this unfortunate degenerative disease of the spine might not experience any symptoms at all.
In the most severe cases numbness may occur, or tingling, or weakness to the lower extremities.
A certain amount of spinal distortion is going to occur virtually every individual. For most of us, it's an unfortunate fact of life as we age. The severity of symptoms generally depends on the patient's spinal canal size as well as nerve encroachment. Deterioration rate will be different from patient to patient.
If you believe you suffer from spinal stenosis or spinal distortion, chiropractic care might be the right choice for you. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule your consultation.