Must-Know Spinal Stenosis Facts
By Sara Butler
Your age shows up on your body in a variety of ways. Outwardly, you may notice a few wrinkles and gray hairs. Inside, an achy shoulder may rule the day. One condition that can cause ongoing pain for those over the age of 50 is spinal stenosis. This condition can impact people in many different ways. If you're currently having back issues or you're over age 50, then there are a few fast facts the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to know that can help you in the future.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
Your spinal cord is protected by your spine and lives in a small canal between the bones. If the canal your spinal cord runs through begins to change in shape or size, which can happen as you get older, then there's not enough space for your spinal cord. This means that it can become compressed. That compression may or may not cause symptoms, but it can cause changes in the structures around your spine too, such as:
- Thickening of spinal ligaments
- Hardening of spinal ligaments
- Bulging of spinal discs
- Bone spurs
- Slipped vertebrae
Spinal Stenosis Doesn't Always Cause Pain
Many people think that if you have a condition such as spinal stenosis, then the pain you experience will clue you in to the condition. That's not necessarily the case. You can have spinal stenosis but have no specific symptoms such as pain. In fact, you may never realize that you have this condition until you see your chiropractor for another problem that may not even be related.
Spinal Stenosis Can't Be Cured
Unfortunately, spinal stenosis cannot be cured but the condition can be improved. In fact, the chiropractors at The Joint can help you to manage and even improve the condition with hands-on chiropractic treatments as a part of a treatment plan. Milder forms of this condition can see improvement through lifestyle changes and exercise. The chiropractors at The Joint can help you to figure out the best way forward for your specific situation.
If you have concerns about spinal stenosis, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint. They can help you to understand what to look for to recognize if you do have it or if you may be developing it. They can then help you take steps to ensure your continued spinal health and wellness as you get older.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex.