WHAT CAUSES SPINAL STENOSIS?
Spinal stenosis is caused from a vertebra that shifts backwards. In rare cases, forward shifting of the vertebra known as spondylolisthesis can narrow the openings of the spinal column. Either way, when bones are misaligned, they impinge nerves and cause health problems. The cause of spinal stenosis is mechanical stress. In engineering, mechanical stress comes in many forms such as, compressive, tensional and shearing stress. Shearing stress occurs in the spine from excessive bending forward at the waist and repetitive looking down with the neck. The range of motion is called flexion. Flexion is the cause of spinal stenosis.
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF SPINAL STENOSIS?
Greys Anatomy tells us the every organ and gland in the human body is controlled by nerves that exit the spinal column. If there is mechanical stress present in the spine, this will produce structural misalignments and nerve impingement, Impinged nerves alter the normal physiology of organ anatomy and leads to dysfunction or disease. We have seen cases of stenosis that produced bloating, erectile disfunction, enlarged prostate, bladder problems, heart arrhythmia, asthma and pain such as fibromyalgia and neuropathy.
TYPES OF SPINAL STENOSIS
Mechanical stress from excessive flexion (bending forward) can produce spinal stenosis in the cervical spine, thoracic spine and lumbar spine. Flexion causes the vertebra to shift backwards and narrows the opening where the neurological structures reside. This produces nerve impingement and results in pain and/or adverse organ physiology.
WHAT IS CERVICAL SPINAL STENOSIS?
For example in the cervical spine, stenosis can occur from looking down at phones, IPads, reading books, improper sleeping positions, car accidents, sports related traumas and other traumatic falls. Spinal stenosis in the cervical spine is very common. This leads to upper extremity pain and weakness. Cervical stenosis can lead to headaches, ringing in the ears, sleep apnea, difficulty swallowing and thyroid dysfunction.
WHAT IS THORACIC SPINAL STENOSIS?
Thoracic spinal stenosis occurs when thoracic vertebra shift backwards into the nerves and produces sharp pain between the shoulder blades. This is most commonly brought on by bending forward and lifting heavy objects, unguarded sneezes, excessive coughing and poor sleeping positions. Thoracic spinal stenosis can have a negative affect on heart and lung physiology.
WHAT IS LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS?
Lumbar spinal stenosis is caused by the lumbar vertebra shifting backwards, which narrows the openings for the spinal nerve roots that exit from the spinal cord structures. This biomechanical condition is initiated by excessive bending forward at the waist known as flexion. We spend the majority of our time bending forward (flexion) and not enough time bending backward (extension). This causes shearing mechanical stress to the alignment of the vertebral column and results in nerve impingement. Once nerve impingement occurs, symptoms will include pain, sciatica, bloating and digestive problems as well as reproductive health problems.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR CERVICAL, THORACIC, AND LUMBAR STENOSIS AVAILABLE TO ME?
The typical allopathic treatment protocols include injections, pain killers, muscle relaxers, physical therapy or spine surgery. None of these methods actually address the root problem of the misalignment, which is nerve impingement. The FIX24 system involves finding the mechanical stress using diagnostic engineering procedures and developing a plan of action that involves repositioning the vertebra forward without twisting the spine or neck. Then teach the patient how to minimize their daily routines that involve excessive flexion.
If you are looking for a chiropractic office that emphasizes treating cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal stenosis in Phoenix, please contact us at FIX24 Joint Biomechanics.