Spinal stenosis is a painful condition in which the spinal column narrows. This causes acute pressure on the spinal cord in the areas where the spinal nerves leave the spinal column.
If you have spinal stenosis, you may feel pain, numbness or weakness in the legs.
- Aging: As we age, the soft tissues and bones in the spine can harden or they may become overgrown.
- Heredity: Some people are actually born with back problems that will develop into spinal stenosis.
- Arthritis: Arthritis is actually the most common cause of spinal stenosis, as any type of joint degeneration is considered arthritis. Spinal arthritis is caused when a disk degenerates and loses its water content.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment
If you do suffer from this type of back pain, know that there are a number of different spinal stenosis treatment available. These treatments include:
- Physical therapy, in which a therapist will teach you and lead you through a number of exercises that will build up your strength, improve your balance and help with the flexibility and stability of the spine.
- Pain medications may also be prescribed. Muscle relaxants can be given for spasms, NSAIDs (or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may be used to treat the swelling, and sometimes antidepressants are prescribed for nighttime pain. However, many people do develop negative side effects to these drugs, and even become addicted.
- Surgery may be considered but oftentimes one surgery does not solve the problem, and most people need more than one, or still report pain after surgery.
- Many doctors suggests steroid injections as another option, and they are injected into the areas where the nerves are pinched. However, we do not encourage steriod shots, because these injections can weaken the bones and connective tissues that are near the injection spot. Also, you are not fixing the pain you are just masking it. With injections the pain will most likely come back and you will have to continue having more and more shots.
- For those who prefer not to use any type of medication, and would prefer not to have surgery or injections, Functional Disc Rehydration™ is a non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free treatment for stenosis that has proven successful with tens of thousands of patients. This treatment will actually reverse disc degeneration and give you a healthier, stronger back without any medication, surgery, or painful injections.
Functional Disc Rehydration was used in a long-term pain study, which resulted in 80% disc rehydration and the elimination of herniated and bulging discs, without any type of surgery or medication. This non-surgical, natural treatment is safe for the body, and better on your system.
Be pain free again, with a healthier, stronger back, in no time, with this revolutionary spinal stenosis treatment. For more information on Functional Disc Rehydration, contact the Illinois Back Institute.