Lumber Spinal Stenosis and Sciatica Pain
Lumber spinal stenosis is a medical condition which causes sciatica pain in individuals. It is an extremely painful condition in which the patient suffers from a stinging and throbbing sensation in the lower back region of his/her body. Chiropractic treatment is advised for patients suffering from this medical condition.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Lumber spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal of the patient becomes narrow, which results in exerting pressure on the spinal nerves and the sciatica nerve roots of the patient. This in turn puts extreme pressure on the spinal cord itself, around the lumber vertebra or lower back region, which results in causing excruciating pain, with numbness in the legs as well.
The constriction in the spinal canal puts pressure on the roots of the sciatica nerves, which causes inflammation, stinging pain and a tingling sensation in the legs and thighs. In extreme cases, the pressure on the lumbar vertebra or lower back area, results in creating problems in bowel and bladder control.
Spinal stenosis may affect the cervical, thoracic or lumber region of the body, and in some cases the patient may suffer from pain in all three areas.
Causes of Lumber Spinal Stenosis
Lumber spinal stenosis is usually caused by spinal degeneration, a condition which occurs because of aging. It might also be caused by a disc herniation, tumor or osteoporosis. This condition may also be caused in individuals having dwarfism, medically termed as skeletal dysplasia, which might affect the formation and working of their spinal canal.
An individual may be suffering from lumber spinal sterosis if he experiences pain in the lower back and lumber region of his body, which eventually spreads to his legs and hip area. Initially the patients experience episodes of extreme pain in the lower back area, which eventually leads to excruciating pain in the back with tingling or numbing sensations in the legs, thighs and hip region, and also fall victim to leg cramps.
Some individuals feel a loss in bladder control, which is caused by the pressure exerted on the spinal cord by the narrowing of the spinal canal.
The use of different medicines and inflammatory drugs for the cure of spinal stenosis, has not presented any long lasting effects on improving the condition of the patient. Surgery is considered as a probable option, as medicines do not present an effective solution.
However, chiropractic treatment has been effective in reducing the pain and improving the condition of the patient.