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What To Do With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Great question! Spine surgeons aren’t positive about the best route for spinal stenosis, yet conservative care is acquiring more and more attention in the medical research! Johnson Chiropractic performs non-surgical care that eases discomfort for Richmond spinal stenosis sufferers. Our patients at Richmond suffering from spinal stenosis come to Johnson Chiropractic will find our care gentle and comfortable and appreciate the research and protocols that make up its administration.
 
First of all, what is spinal stenosis? Spinal stenosis is the result of narrowing in the spinal canal area. For many of us lumbar spinal stenosis happens with age when erosion of the spine emerges. It may be due to how the spinal elements were constructed originally. (Some people are born with narrow spinal canals.) Likewise spinal stenosis can be the effect of a disc herniation that is injecting itself into the spinal canal, taking up the space that is designed for the spinal nerves. Regardless of the cause, spinal stenosis’ narrowing causes pain.
 
Often when a surgeon identifies that a patient has spinal stenosis they will offer surgical choices to widen that narrowed space. There are many procedures from which a patient may choose. Decompressive surgery is one such type. It is a financially friendly choice for lumbar spinal stenosis, but surgical and conservative treatment approaches result in comparable quality of life at one year follow up. (1) Spinal fusion is another such option. A Cochrane Database Review, a big deal in the world of research, reports that there is no significant difference at 6 months and 12 months post spine surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Cochrane pulled from 12,966 citations to conclude further that they have very little confidence to determine whether surgical or conservative care is better for lumbar spinal stenosis. They, therefore, offer no new clinical practice recommendations for doctors to follow. They do emphasize though that side-effects from surgery range from 10% to 24% and side effects from conservative care, 0%. There were no side effects from conservative care for lumbar spine stenosis in their review. Further, they report that there were no clear benefits seen with surgery versus no surgery. They warn clinicians to carefully inform patients about possible treatment options “especially given that conservative treatment options have results in no reported side effects.” (2)
 
Johnson Chiropractic's chiropractor sees spinal stenosis and will treat it with chiropractic care and spinal manipulation to conservatively relieve the pain of spinal stenosis. Johnson Chiropractic is the location for Richmond conservative care of back pain. Johnson Chiropractic uses the Cox Technic system of spinal manipulation to open the spinal canal area by 28%, allowing the nerves to breathe, and drop intradiscal pressures to as low as -192mmHg. (3,4)
 
When lumbar spinal stenosis is causing you pain, call Johnson Chiropractic, the Richmond chiropractic practice for gentle relief of back pain. Johnson Chiropractic chiropractic care at Richmond may definitely be the answer to the question of “what can I do about my spinal stenosis?” for you!
 
 
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