If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, either cervical or lumbar, you may be wondering just what that means in terms of spine health. According to spine-health.com, spinal stenosis is the “abnormal narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves or the spinal cord”. This narrowing can develop over time; occuring through out different areas of the spine. Though some people are born with the congenital form of spinal stenosis, it is more often experienced throughout the deleterious stage of life. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include radiating pain, numbness and weakness in the extremities. Where these symptoms are similar for both lumbar and cervical stenosis, there are differences between the two that are important to note.
Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs in the lower back where cervical refers to the narrowing that occurs in the neck region. Often producing the same symptoms experienced by sciatica, lumbar stenosis often restricts blood flow to the legs, often causing leg pain during walking. Though it most often is found at the lower regions of the spine, lumbar stenosis can actually develop anywhere along the spinal column.
When the narrowing of the spinal channel is found in the neck, it is referred to as cervical stenosis. Here it produces the possibility of compression of the spinal cord. This compression can lead to serious health issues that include the risk of paralysis. Intensive treatment is often needed when cervical spinal stenosis is diagnosed.
Understanding the details of spinal stenosis, and the treatments that relieve its accompanying symptoms, is just one area of expertise at Hopkins DMR Clinics. Our chiropractors and physical therapists can aid in the holistic healing of the spine through natural, drug-free care that enables patients to regain the ability to perform daily activities without pain.