The word “stenosis” comes from Greek, from which it translates to “choking. In spinal stenosis, it is the spinal nerves that get choked. This is usually the result of a bone spur developing inside a degenerating disk, or a similar item encroaching on the space occupied by the nerve. People suffering from this condition will often experience symptoms of sciatica, including lower back pain and numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs. Such symptoms will generally be worse when you are standing, and go away when you are seated or flexed forward.
Spinal stenosis is treatable. Depending on the specific nature of your condition, treatment may include surgery, medication, modifications in your habits, and physical therapy. Consult our Edmonds chiropractic clinic for more information on how you can avoid or manage spinal stenosis.