Have you been experiencing a shooting pain, numbness or weakness in your leg or buttocks? Do you have trouble standing for extended periods of time? There is a chance that you might be suffering from spinal stenosis. In this article, we’ll get into the details of spinal stenosis, including: what causes spinal stenosis, some typical symptoms of spinal stenosis, and treatment options.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is when the open spaces of your spine become narrow. The narrowing of the spine can put a great deal of pressure on your spinal column. Spinal stenosis is often the result of a degenerative process that goes along with aging. Over time, bones and joints can become enlarged or misshapen due to normal wear and tear. When these bones become enlarged, they can protrude into the spinal column, causing a pinch in the nerves. Since spinal stenosis is a degenerative process, it’s most common in men and women over the age of 50.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Stenosis is caused by a narrowing of the spinal column, often resulting in pinched nerves. Because of this, some of the more common symptoms of Spinal Stenosis are:
- Discomfort while standing
- Pain in the shoulders, arms, or hands
- shooting pain down the legs
In most situations, the symptoms of spinal stenosis worsen when standing or in an upright position. If you find that sitting or flexing your back relieves a great deal of the pain, you might be suffering from spinal stenosis.
If you’re still not sure that what you’re experiencing is spinal stenosis, try the following exercise: Next time you go to the grocery store, grab a cart. Walk with your weight being supported by the cart. If this seems to relieve your spinal pressure, then that is usually a sign of spinal stenosis.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment in The Villages, FL
If you suffer from spinal stenosis, you are certainly not alone. Fortunately, for those who suffer from spinal stenosis, the answer is fairly simple. Like many conditions, spinal stenosis can be treated non-surgically. In fact, for most patients, surgery usually isn’t recommended at all.
Dr. Jason Davis of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, FL utilizes the highly effective DRS Protocol – a nonsurgical treatment option for back pain due to spinal stenosis and other degenerative disc conditions. To find out more about treatment call the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic today at (352) 430-2121.