Back Pain due to Spinal Cord Compression
What is Spinal Cord Compression?
A chiropractor can diagnose your back pain as a result of spinal cord compression. The condition is caused by excessive pressure on your spinal cord. The spinal cord is a sensitive organ especially since it is a bundle of nerves that carries messages from the brain to the rest of the body.
Back pain is a common symptom of spinal cord compression. A person who suffers from the condition may also exhibit symptoms of numbness and numbness. These might develop gradually or suddenly depending on what caused the condition. Other symptoms include –
Back pain and stiffness, in the lower back, whole back or neck
Pain in the buttocks, arms or down the legs
Loss of sensation in the feet
Numbness or cramps in the hands, arms or legs
Weakness that causes the foot to go limp
The condition can occur anywhere in the back from the neck down. The back is divided into a total of three areas. The upper portion is called the cervical spine and supports the neck and has seven vertebrae while the middle part is known as the thoracic spine. The latter is composed of 12 vertebrae. The lower back is known as the lumbar spine and includes five vertebrae.
Conditions that can cause Spinal Cord Compression
Some of the most common conditions that cause lumbar spine compression include –
Certain bone diseases
Abnormal alignment of the spine
A medical specialist may recommend physical therapy to treat spinal cord compression in some patients. The aim of this particular treatment is to strengthen the patient’s back, leg and abdominal muscles. A chiropractor may also advise patients on how they can perform the therapies according to the safest measures. Cervical collars may also be recommended to support the back. Other recommendations may include how to safely lift heavy objects, facilitating body mechanics such as sleeping on firm mattresses and sitting on a chair that supports the natural curves of the back.
Other cautionary measures involve the maintenance of a healthy weight. Obesity can contribute to spinal cord compression and lead to excessive back pain. Patients should always consult with a trained and certified chiropractor before they try any therapy on their own.