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February 07, 2017
That is  a good question! Spine surgeons aren’t sure how best to treat spinal stenosis, still conservative care is earning favorable examination in the medical research! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic offers non-surgical care that eases discomfort for Augusta spinal stenosis sufferers. Augusta patients suffering from spinal stenosis know come to Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic will find our care gentle and comfortable and appreciate the research and procedures behind its administration.
So what exactly is spinal stenosis? Spinal stenosis is what happens when the spinal canal area is narrowed. Lumbar spinal stenosis happens with age for a good deal of us when erosion of the spine develops. It may be due to how the spinal elements were formed initially. (Some people are born with narrow spinal canals.) Likewise spinal stenosis can be the impact of a disc herniation that is inserting itself into the spinal canal, taking up the space that is meant for the spinal nerves. Whatever the cause, spinal stenosis’ narrowing is painful.
Often when a surgeon observes that a patient has spinal stenosis they will offer surgical options to enlarge that narrowed space. There are many approaches from which you may choose. One avenue is decompressive surgery. It is an inexpensive option for lumbar spinal stenosis, but surgical and conservative treatment approaches result in comparable quality of life at one year follow up. (1) Spinal stenosis can also be combatted with spinal fusion. 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)
Chiropractors like yours at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic see spinal stenosis and treat it with chiropractic care and spinal manipulation to conservatively relieve the pain of spinal stenosis. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is the location for Augusta conservative care of back pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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)
For relief of pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis, contact Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic, the Augusta chiropractic practice for gentle relief of back pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic chiropractic care at Augusta is the answer to the question of “what can I do about my spinal stenosis?” for you!