As we age, our bodies begin to show the signs of a lifetime of wear and tear. Spinal compression, or spinal stenosis, is caused by age-related issues and can be a very serious health concern. At City Chiropractic in Portland, we can help treat this condition using spinal decompression. Let’s examine more about this condition and why it is so important to seek medical advice quickly.
What is Spinal Compression?
Spinal compression, also known as spinal stenosis, is a disorder that occurs when the channel in the spine, where your nerves and spinal cord pass through, begins to narrow. The narrowing spine puts excessive pressure on your nerves. When the nerves are pinched, it can cause pain, weakness, tingling, or even numbness in other parts of the body such as the arms, back, neck, and legs. Usually, spinal compression occurs as a result of age-related complications. Arthritis in the back and spine can begin to make joints and ligaments thicker, limiting the space the nerves have to move freely. Spinal compression can also be caused by bone spurs or the thickening of facet joints in the spine.
Why Must You Treat Spinal Compression Quickly?
If left untreated, spinal compression can have some very dangerous complications. Numbness in the arms and legs can eventually lead to weakness, balance issues, and mobility challenges. If pressure is applied to the nerves and spinal cord for an extended period of time, feeling in the arms and feet may never return. As the thickening of the channel in the spine continues to increase, pressure is applied to the spinal cord. Eventually, pressure on the spinal cord can lead to paralysis and even death. Luckily, if caught early, there are many non-invasive treatments, including spinal decompression, that have been incredibly successful in treating spinal compression.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
For mild to even moderate cases of spinal compression, our chiropractor will be able to help using techniques of spinal decompression. Our chiropractor can provide a strengthening routine to help improve the stability of the muscles surrounding the spine. Various stretching movements may be recommended to help improve the flexibility of the joints. Further, a technique called distraction manipulation may be used to help relieve some of the pressure on the nerves, improving feeling in the legs and feet.
Make an Appointment for Spinal Decompression
If you are suffering from spinal compression, we are able to help. Our long-standing, trusted chiropractors at City Chiropractic in Portland are ready to get you feeling your best again. We are always eager to accept new patients. To learn more about how we can help you, give us a call at (503) 224-9513. Take the first step toward a happier and healthier you.