Acupuncture for Spinal Stenosis Providence, RI
Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spine channel is abnormally narrow. This can affect the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Some people are born with congenital spinal stenosis, but many develop spinal stenosis.
While there are some people who have no symptoms relating to the narrowing of the spine, most people as they age start to experience some level of weakness, radiating paint, or secondary issues due to the compression of the spinal cord or nerves.
The spine is 26 bones arranged in a column that works to support the upper body. It allows humans to sit, stand, twist, and keeps the spinal cord protected from injuries. The bones of the spine are extend from the skull’s base to the pelvis.
Twenty four of those bones are known as the vertebrae. Further broken up, seven vertebrae are in the neck and called cervical vertebrae, 12 of the bones at the chest’s back wall are called the thoracic vertebrae, and the lower back has five curved lumbar vertebrae.
Continuing down the back, there are five fused vertebrae at the hip bones and then there is a group of three to five fused bones, known as the coccyx at the vertebral column’s tip. Each vertebrae is linked to one another with disks that act as cushioning shock-absorbers.
The narrowing of the spine may occur at any of the different sections, but the nerve compression symptoms are pretty much the same. Lumbar stenosis involves the lower back and over three-quarters of those with the condition have it in this area of the back.
Cervical stenosis is narrowing of the neck bone channel. In lumber stenosis, sciatic, weakness, tingling, or numbing that radiating from the lower back and down into the buttocks and legs is common. This is caused when the spine’s nerve roots become compressed.
Thoracic stenosis is when the middle or upper portion of the spine is affected. It is less common and consists of the bones that are connected to the rib cage. This section is more stable, thus stenosis here is not quite as common.
When spinal stenosis is related to degeneration, it will likely become more significant with age, most likely in the 50’s, and continue to worsen with each decade. The process is gradual, and the symptoms come gradually as well. It can affect posture, activity levels, and more.
While there are many different treatment options for spinal stenosis, acupuncture can help someone who is dealing with the condition. Since it can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms, choosing to have acupuncture is one way to deal with all that is involved with spinal stenosis.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to deal with a variety of pains. One common pain that acupuncture has successfully treated is back pain. Since spinal stenosis can cause pain and the pain can increase with age, acupuncture can be beneficial.
In recent studies, patients who chose acupuncture for the pain in their lower back due to spinal stenosis reported taking less pain medication. While the pain medication taken for issues resulting from the condition can reduce pain, they can also cause other issues that are not related to the spine at all. The less medicine one can take, the better.
In conclusion, spinal stenosis is something that can be quite bothersome and affect the quality of life. Luckily, there are many different treatment options, and one of the best natural options is acupuncture. As you find yourself or a loved one dealing with this condition, you can find the best treatment for your condition
My initial visit was prompted by severe spinal stenosis accompanied by depression and mental fog. Over the course of my treatment, my outlook on life and my energy levels have soared. I love living again and have lots of energy. My pain is still present, but the period between pain attacks is getting longer and longer. I have stopped prescription anti-inflammatory and I have begun to exercise more.
I wish every person could revitalize their body through acupuncture and add quality years to their life!
— Dorothea F., Swansea, MA
Spinal Stenosis, Arthritis & Menopause
Coming into the Center, I had severe chronic back pain, chronic joint pain and hot flashes.
Following my treatments, I was able to stop the steroid injection treatments that I had been having for 2 ½ years. My joint pain is also much less.
Thanks to acupuncture and Dr. Tad I am able to do much, much more that I was able to do in the past.
The staff and customer service at the Center is superior and Dr. Tad is one of the brightest physicians I’ve ever met – and I am 69 years old and have met a few physicians!
— Virginia R., Roslindale, MA