What is Spinal Stenosis?

by | Sep 18, 2016

Most people have never heard of spinal stenosis, until they are told they have it, or someone they know has spinal stenosis.

Stenosis means “narrowing”, and in the spine this means an abnormal narrowing on the spinal canal in which the spinal cord passes. As such, this narrowing can compress the spinal cord or the nerves as they branch off.

This can be a potentially debilitating source of back pain and/or leg pain, usually worse with standing and walking and better with sitting or bending forward. The pain can be severe and can substantially limit quality of life, as one will often be unable to stand or walk very far without needing to sit down or rest.

The narrowing associated with spinal stenosis is usually associated with degenerative conditions of the spine such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease.  While the degeneration of the spine can be a source of localized back pain, the bigger concern is the narrowing of the spinal canal as it will compress the spinal cord and/or nerve roots, leading to pain, numbness, and weakness in the leg.

Currently, there is no Spinal Stenosis cure and treatment of Spinal Stenosis can be difficult to treat both conservatively, as well as surgically.  Fortunately, Cox Spinal Decompression Therapy has emerged as a highly effective, safe, non-surgical and well researched treatment for Spinal Stenosis. In fact, Cox Technique can often provide dramatic relief when there are few other effective treatment options available.

To learn more about Cox Spinal Decompression, visit our blog post: Spinal Stenosis Treatment (click here) or get a complete overview on our spinal stenosis page in our injury library (click here).

To view our blog post on the how spinal stenosis develops and the anatomy of the spine, click here!

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