Stenosis is a medical term that means “narrowing.” Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal, the conduit formed by the spine bones or vertebrae that contains all the nerves traveling from the brain to other areas of the body. Normally, the spinal canal offers plenty of room for these nerves. But sometimes, the canal can become narrowed, causing nerve compression and irritation that can result in local and radiating pain, numbness and weakness in the legs or arms. Stenosis in the neck and upper back can also cause chronic headaches.
Several conditions can contribute to stenosis, including:
Spinal stenosis becomes much more common with age, with symptoms typically appearing between 30 and 50 years of age.
Dr. Salvatore has significant expertise in managing an array of spine-related conditions, including spinal stenosis. Treatment options may include spinal adjustments, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises among other options to provide symptom relief without long-term use of medications or surgery. These approaches help “open up” spinal spaces to reduce nerve compression and the painful symptoms it can cause. Lifestyle guidance will also be provided to help patients prevent symptom flare-ups. When symptoms are severe, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or cortisone injections can be used in combination with chiropractic care as needed. It’s important to Dr. Salvatore to make time to answer each patient’s questions during an appointment so that they get the most out of their treatment.
That depends on the cause of stenosis. In most patients, spinal stenosis is a progressive disease, which means it can become worse over time. Having regular chiropractic care can be an effective way to relieve symptoms while also slowing the progression of the disease and even preventing symptoms from worsening. If you have spinal stenosis, your care regimen will be customized to your needs to optimize both short-term and long-term results.
Dr. Salvatore accepts the following insurances and several more. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.