Would you recognize the warning signs of Spinal Stenosis?

From time to time, we all have the occasional ache or pain, especially as we age. It can be tempting to push it aside and focus on other things, keeping your mind distracted and off of the pain. As spinal stenosis occurs gradually over time, there is no sudden onset and symptoms tend to start out mild and barely noticeable and work their way up to life interrupting.

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column. This narrowing causes pressure on the spinal cord itself and the spaces (neural foramina) where the nerves leave the spinal cord. This can cause cramping, numbness, and pain in the legs, back, buttock area, neck, and even shoulders or arms.

  • Loss of balance, bladder and bowel control issues can occur.
  • Disks become drier
  • Disks may start to bulge
  • Both bones and ligaments may thicken – this is caused by chronic long-term swelling.
  • Symptoms may come and go over time
  • Symptoms may occur only with certain activities or movements
  • Spinal stenosis tends to feel better when rested
  • Numbness and tingling often accompany pain

What causes spinal stenosis?

  • Tumors of the spine
  • Injury that puts pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord
  • Herniated disk
  • Slipped disk
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Bone disease

Spinal Stenosis usually sets in and becomes noticeable around age 50 or older. It can cause the recognizable sign of age, in a lean forward in posture.

If you are experiencing symptoms it is important to seek out a proper diagnosis.  A MRI or CT Scan are both viable options. Much can be done through regular chiropractic care, activity modification, and exercise. Anti-inflammatories such as turmeric or bromelain are wonderful accompaniments to the therapy.

Fortunately, most are able to successfully manage the symptoms with these non-surgical and non-medical therapies, best results come when you seek treatment as early on as possible, helping to avoid the use of any medications or surgical procedures down the road.

Working with your body rather than against it is always the most viable option. Giving it the proper nutrition, supplementation, and adjustment of electrical pathways in the nervous system in order to allow it to heal itself offers you the very best possible prognosis.

Don’t live in pain. Call us today (239) 947-1177 or visit www.chiropractorbonitaprings.com to connect with Dr. Gary Gendron, Nutrition Specialist Bonita Springs | Chiropractor Bonita Springs. We look forward to working with you on your journey to health.

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Back Pain Causes that May Surprise You

While all pain is distracting and detracts from your quality of life, if you have ever experienced back pain, you know that it can put you completely out of commission. When your back hurts, it feels like everything hurts and it makes even the most ordinary tasks of everyday living difficult if not impossible. 

A recent survey, conducted by backpainhelp.com, found that activities like housework, driving, sex and working became next to impossible for those with back pain. 

26% of the study group had to quit housework entirely

22% said it caused them to stop working or studying

35% freely admitted that backache pain caused them be in a bad mood and lose their tempers more easily.

The good news is that you can avoid sacrificing necessary life activities by getting regular chiropractic adjustments. You do not have to live with constant pain. 

Though back pain may have a specific identifiable inception point such as a trip or fall, aches and pains can appear almost out of the blue leaving you to question “What did I do to myself?”

Here are the top-ranking reasons patients end up with non-identifiable source back pain:

Intermittent Strenuous Exercise

Weekend warriors are far more likely to injure their backs during sports or in the gym than those who work out all week. Pushing your body to go hard when the core strength isn’t there often can lead to injury.

Lifting and Carrying Children

As your child ages, they grow and increase in weight. That once adorable little 10lb bundle of joy is now 40lbs. That is a far greater strain on your back. Proper lifting with your shoulders over your pelvis is important, twisting when lifting a wiggling child is a quick path to back injury.

Smoking

Spinal discs deteriorate much faster in people who smoke. The faster they degenerate, the sooner and more likely that you are going to have back pain. 

Moving “The Wrong Way”

Twisting even just slightly “the wrong way” can cause micro trauma to their lower back. Repeating this cumulatively may lead to a damaged spine.

Insomnia and lack of sleep

Your spinal discs need around 6-7 hours of sleep a night in order to properly hydrate. When you are awake, the water supply on your backbone depletes very quickly.

You need a new mattress

It’s important to sleep with your spine straight and vertebrae properly aligned. Ditch mattresses that dip in the center. They force your backbone to bend abnormally throughout the night. This can cause back pain. Additionally, the pillow you choose should support your head and further help to keep your spine in good alignment.

Following these tips can help keep your spine in good health. Regular adjustments also help to ensure your back stays in good shape. Come visit Nutrition Specialists of Florida www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com or call 239-947-1177 so we can get you on the road to health.

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