By Dr. Joey Morneau, Chiropractor
Spinal Stenosis is a common condition in individuals over the age of 50 where the vertebral canal where our spinal cord sits gets overcrowded and begins to put pressure on the cord. This can happen due to a multitude of reasons, but is primarily the result of abnormal and excess pressure exerted on the spine as a result of a misalignment. In response our body tries to protect itself by laying down new bone to help stabilize the joint, however this also creates over crowding within the vertebral canal and puts pressure on the spinal cord. This pressure can then express itself as either muscular weakness, numbness, or even pain in either the arms/hands or the legs/feet depending on whether it’s the neck or low back that’s involved. In severe cases that are left untreated it may even result in loss of bladder, bowel or even sexual function.
With regular chiropractic care these types of conditions can be prevented. However, if you or someone you know is experiencing some of these symptoms it’s important to have it evaluated by a licensed professional immediately.