Treatment in Raleigh, NC for Spinal Stenosis/Foraminal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and/or exiting nerve roots. Stenosis is from the Greek word meaning “a narrowing.” Central canal stenosis is a narrowing of the channel in the center of each vertebra that the spinal cord passes through on its way down the spine.
Foraminal stenosis is a narrowing of the channel on either side of the vertebra where the spinal nerve roots exit on their way to various parts of the body, such as down the arms or legs. Spinal stenosis may affect the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. Lumbar spinal stenosis results in low back pain and can radiate down the nerves into the buttocks, hips, legs, thighs or feet. Cervical spinal stenosis results in neck pain and can radiate into the nerves of shoulders, arms, wrists and hands.
Although it is true that some individuals congenitally have larger or smaller canals than others, the cause of the narrowing is usually a combination of three different degenerative factors present in varying degrees in different patients:
- When a disc herniates, the bulge takes up space
- As the involved disc dries out and loses height (a process known as desiccation), it causes the vertebra to become closer together
- As the stress on the joint accumulates and osteoarthritis begins to result, bone spurs form and ligaments hypertrophy
These three factors in various combination and degrees of severity compromise the space in the channel, which can compress (pinch) the nerve. They may be referred to as degenerative disc disease, the most common cause of spinal stenosis.
Spondylolisthesis and scar tissue formation as a result of prior surgical fusion are other factors that can contribute to spinal stenosis.
How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Help Spinal Stenosis?
The staff at Triangle Disc Care specializes in spinal decompression therapy in Raleigh to help reverse the changes of spinal stenosis. This therapy works as it gently separates the discs with problems, creating negative pressure inside the disc to pull water, oxygen and nutrients into the disc. This process will rehydrate a degenerated disc, bringing in the nutrients needed to heal torn fibers and halt the degenerative process. As the disc is rehydrated, the shock absorbing properties are restored. In many cases, some of the lost height is restored as well, creating more space for the nerve.
Contact us today or fill out the form to the left to set up your no-cost spinal decompression therapy consultation with our Raleigh spine specialist.
The staff at Triangle Disc Care proudly treats patients with spinal stenosis in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Fayetteville, Sanford, Wake Forest, Clayton, Garner, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina and surrounding areas of the NC Triangle.