What To Do With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Good question! Spine surgeons are not certain about the best route for spinal stenosis, after all conservative care is benefiting from a higher regard in the medical research! Spine & Sports Rehab Center performs non-surgical care that is quite soothing to Baton Rouge spinal stenosis sufferers. Baton Rouge patients suffering from spinal stenosis know come to Spine & Sports Rehab Center will find our care gentle and comfortable and applaud the research and practices behind its administration.
So what exactly is spinal stenosis? Spinal stenosis is the result of narrowing in the spinal canal area. In particular lumbar spinal stenosis comes with age for many of us when degeneration of the spine emerges. One reason this happens may be due to how the spinal elements were constructed from the beginning. (Some people are born with narrow spinal canals.) It could also be a disc herniation that is inserting itself into the spinal canal, taking up the space that is designed for the spinal nerves. Whatever the cause, spinal stenosis’ narrowing creates pain.
Surgeons discover spinal stenosis and provide surgical options to enlarge that narrowed space. There are many directions from which one may take. Decompressive surgery is one such example. It is cost-effective 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 alternative. 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)
When your chiropractor at Spine & Sports Rehab Center recognizes spinal stenosis they will treat it with chiropractic care and spinal manipulation to conservatively relieve the pain of spinal stenosis. Spine & Sports Rehab Center is the locale for Baton Rouge conservative care of back pain. Spine & Sports Rehab Center 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 Spine & Sports Rehab Center, the Baton Rouge chiropractic practice for gentle relief of back pain. Spine & Sports Rehab Center chiropractic care at Baton Rouge is the answer to the question of “what can I do about my spinal stenosis?” for you!
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