If you notice you've been having tingling, weakness, or changes in pain in your neck or back, it can be difficult to determine the cause. Although you might have simply slept wrong or pulled a muscle, a more common cause of these issues can be spinal stenosis. This condition can happen to anyone, and it's important to recognize the signs to get the help of a chiropractor as soon as possible. At Boston Orthopaedic P.C., our chiropractors are here to help residents of New Bedford, Springfield, and Fall River, MA get the orthopedic care they need. Our chiropractor and orthopedic specialist can help treat spinal stenosis, relieve your pain, and restore your mobility.
What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spine becomes narrow and begins to press on nerves within the spine. This narrowing of the spine happens over time, usually as a result of age, wear and tear, and degenerative spine disorders such as osteoporosis. Spinal stenosis can affect the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine, meaning you can feel pain and weakness in the neck area or the lower back area with spinal stenosis.
Who is at Risk for Spinal Stenosis?
Older individuals are more likely to suffer from spinal stenosis, as are those affected by the following conditions:
- Herniated discs
- Trauma to the spine
- Thickened ligaments
Do I Need To See a Chiropractor?
Many people can have spinal stenosis and not even know it. This is because they do not have symptoms of:
- Leg cramps
If you notice any of these symptoms, it's best to get the help of a chiropractor or orthopedic specialist right away. These medical professionals are trained at recognizing, diagnosing, and treating issues concerning the musculoskeletal system.
How Will an Orthopedic Specialist Treat Spinal Stenosis?
There are various treatment options for spinal stenosis which can involve surgery or can simply focus on pain management. Chiropractic care, such as massages, can help reduce inflammation and swelling around the spine and help reduce pain. Our orthopedic chiropractor will determine which of these treatments is best for you. This can be done with x-ray imaging tests and physical exams.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment in New Bedford, MA, Fall River, MA, and Springfield, MA
At Boston Orthopaedic P.C, our orthopedic chiropractor has treated spinal stenosis for many years. Call any of our locations for more information or to schedule an appointment with our team.