Back Pain, Stenosis and Chiropractic

The condition of spinal stenosis (or canal stenosis) is one of the most challenging types of back pain in the Chiropractic practice.
Stenosis typically effects persons 50 years old or older. Typically pain is felt in the lower back and legs. The pain usually gets worse with walking and is relieved by sitting down and resting for 15-20 minutes. Generally the most comfortable position is a forward bend position or flexed position.
Stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces for the nerves in the spine. The narrowing may be caused by soft tissue (such as scar tissue) or bony protrusions of the vertebrae. The condition may also be congenital or acquired. If leg pain is part of the problem the stenosis usually involves several spinal levels. Post operative stenosis may be a consequence of decompressive surgeries (such as laminectomies).
One interesting note on stenosis is that persons with back pain caused by stenosis typically find bicycling (flexed position) to be pain free as opposed to walking which tends or exacerbate their condition.
The good news about stenosis is that most cases are able to improve or remain stable. The response of cases of stenosis to Chiropractic care is less predicable that other types of back pain. One study found that 36% of stenosis sufferers were able to get relief from Chiropractic care. One study showed that a significant number of stenosis sufferers were able to avoid surgery with exercises, analgesics, and epidural steroid injections.
Dr. Etter is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has been practicing Chiropractic in Olathe, Kansas and Lenexa, Kansas for over ten years. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injuries.

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