What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Put simply, spinal stenosis is the result of a spinal canal that’s been narrowed. Think of spine like a ladder with each vertebra as an individual rung. Running through the center of that ladder is a canal that forms the space through which the spinal cord and nerves thread. If any part of the ladder begins to bulge or thicken, that space becomes smaller.
Because the spinal nerves attached to your legs work through that canal, they run the risk of becoming pinched when the space narrows. A number of conditions can cause the narrowing itself: Bone growth, traumatic injuries, ligament thickening and even age-related stress can contribute to the problem. Other issues like herniated, bulging and ruptured discs can also cause spinal stenosis. That’s why Pro Therapy works to understand the root of each case in addition to treating the symptoms that are affecting your lifestyle. It’s the best way to make your relief from stenosis pain permanent.
What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
It’s possible for spinal stenosis to cause no major symptoms in its early stages. Once the symptoms set in, however, then tend to begin slowly and become more painful the longer the condition develops and persists. In severe case, the pain associated with spinal stenosis can be debilitating both mentally and physically, and it’s crucial that you receive thorough, personalized care for your specific situation.
You’ll likely experience different symptoms depending on where your stenosis is situated. Problems in the upper spine generally result in pain, weakness, tingling or a numb feeling in your arms, hands, feet or legs. Stenosis originating from the lower spine causes leg pain that’s worst when you’re walking or standing. With lumbar issues, bending forward or sitting down can sometimes ease the discomfort.
How Will Pro Therapy Treat It?
Spinal stenosis therapy in our Northern Mississippi office is about more than one factor. Because this condition can encompass elements such as spinal alignment, bad posture, general flexibility and compromised muscle support, the best treatment program is one that strives to address each problem both separately and contextually. What’s more, we believe that surgery for this condition is best reserved as a last resort, so the specialists at Pro Therapy will work to find a plan that keeps you off the operating table.
Our Nourthern Mississippi treatment and rehabilitation program isn’t your standard spinal therapy program. We use a team approach that includes advanced diagnostic techniques and the most up to date scientific based physical therapy protocols to create a whole-body program that targets symptoms and root causes simultaneously. What’s more, you’ll have access to a team of Northern Mississippi physical therapists dedicated to giving you the pain-free lifestyle you deserve. Learn more about our treatment plans by scheduling an appointment or giving us a call today.