SpineZone Treats Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
The Problem: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
(it can happen in any part of your spine, but the lower back/lumbar area is the most common)
Your vertebrae form a tunnel running down your back. This tunnel is called the spinal canal and the bundle of nerves that runs through it is your spinal cord. If the spinal canal in the lower part of your back narrows, lumbar stenosis sets in. Stenosis, which means narrowing, can cause pressure on your spinal cord and/or the nerves that go from your spinal cord to your muscles.
What’s to Blame?
The #1 cause is osteoarthritis- the gradual deterioration that happens to joints over time. Most people have some osteoarthritis in the spine by age 50 and women have a higher rate of stenosis than men.
- Spinal tumor
- Certain bone diseases
- Injury to or past surgery of the spine
- Rheumatoid arthritis
How Stenosis Feels:
Early stenosis usually has no symptoms, but over time you may develop the following:
- back pain
- loss of sensation in the feet
- sciatica (burning pain going down into the buttocks and legs)
- numbness, tingling, cramping, or weakness in your legs
- trouble walking long distances
- the need to lean forward to relieve pressure on your lower back
- loss of sexual ability
- difficulty with bowel and bladder control (in severe cases)
How Will SpineZone Help Me Get Relief?
Our active therapy combined with our integrated BeingWell protocols lead you to strengthen the stabilizing muscles in your spine, build flexibility, and improve posture… all while offering mindfulness practices, nutrition coaching, and help changing unhelpful habits. We employ mind-body modalities to optimize recovery, including 1:1 sessions for meditation, nourishment and body positivity, sleep counseling, and medication management.
You’re introduced to our evidence-based programs throughout your care journey. With SpineZone’s WholeBeing approach, we offer our patients the tools to help return to a productive lifestyle and the knowledge to be empowered to keep minds and bodies healthy.
Are There Prevention Tips?
Since almost everyone has some osteoarthritis by age 50, absolute prevention isn’t really possible, but you can lower your risk and keep your spine healthier longer by:
- Regular exercise
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Maintaining proper posture