Spinal StenosisNapa, CA
The signs of spinal stenosis can mimic symptoms of multiple conditions and display no outward signs of pain. While it can be challenging to know the cause of the pain, our chiropractic services can help to treat it. Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spinal cord canal narrows, compressing nerves in the legs and back.
Spinal stenosis treatment is available at Disc Centers of America Napa in Napa and the surrounding area. Whether the cause is a car accident or sports injury, it is crucial to receive treatment as soon as possible. In many cases, the pain will start mild and only get worse over time.
Call us at (707) 673-9509 to schedule an appointment and learn how Dr. Nick Viscusi, DC can help to treat your spinal stenosis today.
Spinal stenosis in a nutshell
When the spinal cord canal narrows and compresses the nerves in the legs and back, it is called spinal stenosis. While spinal stenosis is most common in the lower back, it can display symptoms that affect other parts of the body. These symptoms can include the following:
- Tingling or pain that spreads into legs and feet
- Pain when walking
- Leg cramping or weakness
- Muscle spasms
- Abnormal bladder or bowel function
Since car accidents typically cause whiplash of the neck, this can also lead to stenosis of the cervical spine. This pain can be severe due to the compression of the spinal cord. It can lead to symptoms such as weakness of the arms and hands, radiating pain, body weakness and rarely, paralysis. It is important to note that there are a variety of options to help improve this condition.
Chiropractic treatment for spinal stenosis
As a chiropractor, we can help treat the pain and instruct the patient on how to manage symptoms. Dr. Nick Viscusi, DC will customize the treatment for each patient. We will do everything we can to address the cause of the problem as opposed to only recommending pain killer medication.
Some of the benefits of chiropractic care include these:
- Pain relief
- Adjusting the spine’s weight distribution to relieve pressure
- Improved range of motion
- Help the nervous system be able to send messages throughout the body
- Improved posture with regular adjustments
Chiropractic treatment can help those with mild or severe spinal stenosis. Depending on the patient, treatment may involve a variety of techniques and methods. The sooner patients seek professional chiropractic care with Dr. Nick Viscusi, DC at Disc Centers of America Napa, the higher likelihood they can prevent the symptoms from becoming severe.
Types of chiropractic treatment for spinal stenosis
There are many different types of chiropractic treatment methods available. The technique that we recommend will depend on the patient's current condition, medical health, type of injury and severity of the damage. Spinal adjustments are generally part of the treatment process since these manipulations help move the spinal bones back into their proper position. The treatment begins to restore function to the surrounding nerves and soft tissues.
The overarching goal is to reduce the tightness in the vertebrae that make up the spine. As a chiropractor, we offer a variety of therapies to help with the healing process. Patients with spinal stenosis often find relief with spinal decompression. This therapy decreases the pressure on the spinal joints and discs while creating a pressure that brings nutrients, water and oxygen into the disc to promote healing. It can also increase the height of the disc, which often relieves pinched nerves.
Other therapies recommended for stenosis may include physical therapy, muscle activation and trigger point therapy. These can help heal the soft tissues, strengthen the injured area and restore balance to the body. Patients will receive a customized treatment plan based on their needs.
Professional treatment and relief
Since chiropractic treatment gets to the root of the problem, it is not a quick fix. The extent of the spinal injury and the symptoms the patient is experiencing will help determine the types and length of treatment. During the initial consultation and exam, Dr. Nick Viscusi, DC will assess the severity of the spinal stenosis and recommend a treatment plan, including follow-up care.
In addition to gently adjusting the spine during visits, you may also learn helpful exercises to do at home to help boost the function of the spinal joints. Our goal is to help improve your range of motion and alleviate your pain. You may be told not to sit for long sessions, use a supportive mattress when sleeping or even wear a support brace.
Call us today
At Disc Centers of America Napa, we can provide customized spinal stenosis treatment to promote healing and help you on the path toward recovery. Call us at (707) 673-9509 to schedule an appointment today.
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