San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctor Comments:
We have been helping patients with chronic, severe low back pain in downtown San Francisco for around 18 years now at Executive Express Chiropractic (formerly Front Street Chiropractic).
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more areas in your spine — most often in your upper or lower back. This narrowing can put pressure on your spinal cord or on the nerves that branch out from the compressed areas.
Spinal stenosis can cause cramping, pain or numbness in your legs, back, neck, shoulders or arms; a loss of sensation in your extremities; and sometimes problems with bladder or bowel function. Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis-related bone damage.
Mild symptoms of spinal stenosis are often helped by pain relievers, physical therapy or a supportive brace. In more serious cases of spinal stenosis, doctors may recommend surgery.
Stenosis can also be caused by soft tissue such as inflammation of nerve tissue, ligaments, and bulging or herniated discs.
So not only can your spinal canal or nerve canals narrow from spinal degeneration, osteoarthritis, and bone damage (bony stenosis)…it can narrow from soft tissue inflammation and disc damage (soft tissue stenosis).
If the lumbar spinal stenosis is primarily due to soft tissue such as a herniated or bulging lumbar disc, then spinal decompression makes sense to consider as a treatment option.
Heck, I have even seen cases of bony stenosis respond favorably to nonsurgical lumbar decompression. How? Not sure…maybe the decompression therapy helps to take what's there and make it healthier. After-all…decompression therapy is able to enlarge the disc space, elongate the spine, and re-hydrate the spinal discs. Maybe this is enough to reduce the inflammation to the point where the symptoms subside.
Obviously the nonsurgical spinal decompression does nothing for a bone spur or growth…but something is happening (sometimes)…and that something may be enough for you to feel like you don't need risky surgery which may or may not help.
You can increase your odds of spinal decompression success if you also lose any excess body weight you may have and adopt an anti-inflammatory diet such as a plant based "starch centered" diet like The McDougall Plan. Hey…maybe nonsurgical spinal decompression does nothing for you…but at least you are still whole and can consider other options.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is very safe also…and that's nice to know.
Anyway, to find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression at Executive Express Chiropractic…call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. It just makes sense.