Newmarket Chiropractor Peter Lemasurier on Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a medical condition that is characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal. The majority of the cases of this condition occur in the lower back. Individuals who are working in labour intensive jobs have higher chances of suffering from the condition than those who are working in offices. Moreover, individuals who are already more than 50 years old are also more prone to spinal stenosis than younger patients.
Two Main Types of Stenosis
This condition is typically caused by spinal degeneration that happens with aging, osteoporosis, tumor, or spinal disc herniation. In this situation, the roots of the spinal nerve are compressed at the lumbar vertebra’s level. This can lead to tingling, numbness, or weakness in the lower back, legs, and buttocks.
Cervical spinal stenosis
Compared to lumbar stenosis, this type of spinal stenosis is considered as more dangerous than other types. This is because it already involves the compression of the spinal cord. If not treated immediately, it can result in a more serious condition such as paralysis and body weakness.
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Causes of Spinal Stenosis
There are several possible causes of spinal stenosis including tumors in the spine, arthritis, aging, trauma, and heredity. There are certain types of injuries or accidents that can result in the dislocation or fracture of the spine. With these conditions, there is a great possibility that a bone fragment will penetrate in the spinal canal.
Meanwhile, as people age, their body changes as well. For one, the ligaments or the connective tissues that are located between the bones in the spine tend to thicken. Spurs may also develop in the spinal canal.
Another possible cause is the abnormal growth of the soft tissue that can affect the spinal canal. This condition can promote tissue growth in the canal that can lead to bone resorption. Moreover, it can also cause inflammation into the canal.
The symptoms of this condition depend on the area where it occurs. Individuals with cervical spinal stenosis normally experience weakness, tingling, or numbness in the arm, foot, hand, or leg. In some cases, they may also experience incontinence or involuntary urination or bowel movement.
On the other hand, individuals who are suffering from lumbar stenosis may feel cramping or pain in their legs especially when they stand or walk for a long period of time. Overall, majority of individuals with spinal stenosis may experience standing discomfort, bilateral symptoms, and discomfort below and above the knee. Others can also suffer from fever, inexplicable weight loss, and severe pain when lying down.
Unfortunately, this condition is difficult to diagnose since most of its symptoms resembles those of age-related conditions. Most of the time, doctors conduct several imaging tests to identify the main cause of the symptoms. These include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-rays, and computerized tomography (CT) myelogram. The latter involves the injection of contrast dye to outline the spinal nerves and cords to show bone spurs, herniated disks, and tumors. Although x-ray cannot confirm the condition, it can help rule out other health problems that are causing similar symptoms.
There are surgical and non-surgical treatments for spinal stenosis. Depending on the severity of the condition, most cases of spinal stenosis can be treated using non-surgical treatment methods. For a much safer option, some people prefer chiropractic care. More and more physicians also advise their patients to try alternative treatments first before undergoing surgery.
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When giving a chiropractic care, a chiropractor focuses on the subluxation of the spine. As a result of this process, bone and its surrounding tissue put pressure on the spinal nerves and cord. When a lack of motion is happening in the spine, there will be a decrease in the disc spaces between the bones. However, to achieve the best outcome and to assure safety, individuals must choose a licensed and experienced chiropractor.
Dr. Peter Lemasurier is chiropractor in Newmarket, Ontario who has the skills and capabilities to provide chiropractic care in the safest and most effective manner. Lemasurier and the staff at Newmarket Laser Centre and Country Chiropractic are committed to proving the highest quality care to their patients. As a Newmarket chiropractor, he uses advanced laser therapy for relieving the pain caused by various conditions. The clinic is serving the residents of Newmarket and its surrounding neighbourhood for more than 25 years.