Spinal Stenosis: Finding the Best Treatment Options for This Health Concern
By Dr. Matthew Griffith, D.C., A.R.T., M.U.A.C.
Spinal stenosis is a relatively common phenomenon, representing the narrowing of the patient's open spaces located within his or her spine. As the open spaces become narrower, nerves and spinal cord can be forced to withstand an increased pressure that may result in pain. Spinal stenosis can be located in the neck (leading to tingling in the arm, foot, hand or foot, muscle numbness or weakness and even incontinence) or in the lower back area (leading to leg cramping or pain, especially when the patient is walking or standing in the same position for many hours in a row).
What Is Spinal Stenosis and How Does It Occur?
Some people who are already dealing with spinal stenosis do not experience any symptoms. Unfortunately, other patients who are affected by the same neurological issue are forced to handle a wide range of signals and symptoms, including:
Muscle numbness or weakness
Altered bowel or bladder function
Spinal stenosis is usually triggered by normal wear and tear alterations in the spine that may occur as we age. Most common causes are represented by:
Formation and overgrowth of bone spurs
In some cases, medical experts may recommend surgery as the most effective method to create extra space for nerves or spinal cord.
What Are the Main Traditional Medical Treatments for This Condition?
Most medical experts recommend a traditional treatment approach that may involve the following elements:
Medication: Doctors may prescribe NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), opioids, anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants and muscle relaxants to help patients cope with chronic pain associated with spinal stenosis.
Steroid injections: Injections may be given to patients to relieve pressure and reduce inflammation. Corticosteroid are usually injected in the proximity of the constriction to serve this purpose; however, only a reduced number of injections are permitted on an annual basis, since this substance can weaken connective tissue and spinal bones located in the vicinity of the injection site.
Physical therapy: Therapy plays an important part in the recovery process, since it can:
Improve the patient's balance
Maximize endurance and strength
Improve the stability and flexibility of the patient's spine
Surgery: Surgery is considered a last-resort option and is performed to reduce the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
What Are the Most Important Limitations and Drawbacks Associated with Traditional Medical Approaches?
Unfortunately, recent studies indicate that medication, steroid injections, and physical therapy are only partially effective when it comes to helping patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis. They only provide short-term effects and tackle the symptoms, not the real cause of this neurological problem. Moreover, surgery only tackles the symptoms of spinal stenosis and may expose patients to unwanted risks and complications including:
Blood clots formed in the leg vein
Tears in the membrane covering the patient's spinal cord
In some cases, surgery may amplify the pain experienced by the patient before the surgery or fail to address the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. According to some sources, the success rate of lumbar laminectomy (one of the most common surgical procedures performed for spinal stenosis) is in the 80 percent range; however, patients considering this option should also note that there is a simpler, much safer and effective method to address this neurological concern, which does not involve risks and surgery.
How Can The Spine & Disc Restoration (SDR) System™ Solve Your Neurological Problem?
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