What New Treatments Are Available for Spinal Stenosis?
Aging causes arthritic corrosion to build up in the areas of our spine where the sciatic nerve exits. This common condition in people over 50 is called spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis symptoms include back, hip or buttocks pain, with pain, heaviness or numbness radiating from the back into the legs. The symptoms are usually worse when walking or standing and may be relieved by sitting. Very often we talk about the nerves being “pinched”, but the truth is that the symptoms of stenosis are caused be a lack of blood supply to the nerves rather than direct pressure on them. The standard medical treatment for stenosis includes medications, injections and surgery, but these therapies do little to restore the blood supply to the nerves that is choked-off by the stenosis. Remember it is mainly reduced nerve blood supply which is responsible for pain and other symptoms in patients suffer with spinal stenosis.
We use some new treatments for stenosis that are very promising. Cyclical loading and unloading of the spine is one of them. It works by intermittently decompressing the spine which pumps fresh nutrients into the nerve and eliminates accumulated toxins. Another technique uses a mild electrical current applied to the leg that research shows may increase the blood supply to the sciatic nerve in stenosis patients. Another new and promisingly technique is called ambulatory traction. This allows patients with stenosis to exercises while their spine is being decompressed. These treatments offer hope and help for spinal stenosis sufferers.
Dr. George Kukurin is a member of the charter class of chiropractic neurologists and has been practicing chiropractic neurology for more than 20 years. He has been affiliated with a number of postgraduate education departments including the Carrick Institute and Parker College.
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