Pulse Chiropractic and Wellness, of Houston Texas, has an effective non-operative treatment for Spinal Stenosis. This condition is becoming a huge problem for baby boomers as they age. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is the leading cause of pain, disability and loss of independence in the older adults.
What is Lumbar Stenosis?
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis refers to a narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canals or openings in the spine where the nerve travels through. It usually affects the lower spine (lumbar) and is most commonly due to Osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Compression of the spinal nerves due to narrowing of the spinal canals can cause pain, burning, numbness, tingling, and weakness of the legs, buttock, and lower back. The symptoms occur with standing and walking because this further narrows the spinal canals. People with spinal stenosis can only stand or walk for short periods of time, and this leads them to live a sedentary life, which leads to further decline of their overall health.
Can Spinal Stenosis cause hip pain?
The common location for pain from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is the buttock and lateral hip pain. The most common location of pain from degenerative hip disease is also the buttock and lateral hip. Therefore, it is very important to get the right diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Pulse will perform specific examination tests and may recommend x-rays or other imaging to determine the source of pain.
Is there a cure for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis or is the disability permanent?
There is no cure for spinal stenosis. Not even surgery can cure spinal stenosis. This is because once the discs, joints and soft tissue wears and degenerates they cannot be restored. The older the spine gets the more likely the wear and tear will progress. Surgery can remove bone to provide more space for the spinal nerves and can provide relief of leg symptoms but not back pain. The benefits of surgery also diminish over time.
Looking for help with Spinal Stenosis?
Our program decreases pain and improves walking ability and overall function both in the short and long term. The program offered at our clinic does not provide a cure but aims to train the individual on how to reduce pain and disability and remain active for life. We recommend six weeks of an intense program that includes: multi-layer approach of therapies and a home exercise program.
Please contact me if you have any questions!
Stay Strong and Be Well!
Katherine S. Pulse, D.C