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What Causes Spinal Stenosis?

By Sara Butler

As some people age, they develop a condition called spinal stenosis. One of the most important reasons to care for your spine is to help delay the onset of conditions just like spinal stenosis or avoid it altogether -- and that’s something chiropractic care can help you with. Here’s what you need to know about spinal stenosis and how your chiropractor may be able to help.

What is Spinal Stenosis?

When you have spinal stenosis, your spinal canal narrows due to the stress it’s put under during the course of your everyday life. As you age, the probability that this condition will impact you increases. As the space in your spine that your spinal cord travels through gets smaller, the nerves that are vital to proper function and mobility can start to have problems and you may feel physical discomfort as a result. There are several things that can cause spinal stenosis aside from aging, such as:

  • Spinal degeneration - Most of the patients impacted by spinal stenosis are over the age of 50, which links it together with another common spinal condition that can happen with age: spinal degeneration.
  • Injuries - Injuries and other traumas can cause your risk of developing spinal stenosis to increase. Herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, and injuries caused by car accidents can cause a disruption in the normal functioning of your spinal cord as well as pain.
  • Osteoporosis - If your bones become brittle and bony, growths called bone spurs develop along your spine; they can compress the nerve and narrow the channel the spinal cord runs through, causing discomfort and pain.

What You Can Do

All the causes of spinal stenosis have one thing in common, they compromise the space in your spinal canal and put pressure on your spinal cord. The chiropractors at The Joint can assess any conditions you have that may result in spinal stenosis, then decide on the best course of action to help.

The most common treatment provided is the conservative chiropractic approach. This approach is taken with hands-on chiropractic adjustments to help eliminate joint dysfunction and restriction, helping to improve how you feel along with your range of motion. The techniques used by the chiropractors at The Joint help your body to do what it was made to do - heal itself.

If you’re worried about spinal stenosis or you’re suffering from back pain, have the chiropractors at The Joint assess you today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pasadena, Tex.

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