Spinal Decompression for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis Decompression Downtown Toronto

Spinal Decompression for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Decompression for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis Decompression Downtown Toronto

Spinal Stenosis refers to a degenerative process during which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves.  This pressure on the nerves can cause severe pain.  The process of narrowing is usually caused by spinal disc degeneration which is a natural part of the process of aging.

There are two different types of Spinal Stenosis:

  • Central Stenosis, a narrowing of the entire spinal canal
  • Foraminal Stenosis, a narrowing of the foramen through which the spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal.

Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis often presents as:

  • Pain in the lower back or neck which is often referred to or radiates to the legs or arms;
  • These sensations can sometimes be painful or create an abnormal sensation which is often described as not getting enough blood to the arms or legs;
  • People affected by Spinal Stenosis often have trouble walking and an increased stiffness;
  • In severe cases, there may be a loss of bladder or bowel control.

Diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis

X-rays are often not sufficient to show Spinal Stenosis.  For a definitive diagnosis, an MRI or CT Scan is required.

Treatment for Spinal Stenosis

When Spinal Stenosis is caused by disc degeneration or herniation, we often recommend non-surgical Spinal Decompression.
Spinal Decompression has a high success rate among Spinal Stenosis patients without the risks involved in major back surgery (often the alternative).

How does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal Decompression works by gently stretching the spine, causing a distraction of the vertebrae.   The distractive forces are able to lower intra-discal pressure.  The lowered pressure acts to draw adjacent water, nutrients and oxygen back into the disc, revitalizing the disc and improving disc height.  With pressure removed from surrounding nerves, pain begins to diminish.

Spinal Decompression is non-invasive and is a safe and effective alternative to the surgical option.  There are no drugs or injections involved. During the session, the patient feels the gentle stretch and a lessening of stiffness in the muscles surrounding the painful area.   After a session of Spinal Decompression, patients often report a noticeable reduction in the level of pain – a welcome relief because it is achieved without the use of medications or injections which supply only a short-term relief from pain at best.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Spinal Stenosis call our office today at 647-494-3950 or book online with one of our Physiotherapists

About the Author

Brad SaltzBrad is a Registered Physiotherapist at Ace Physio, a highly respected Physiotherapy clinic in downtown Toronto. Ace Physio provides high quality one on one Physiotherapy that combined state-of-art technology such as; Shockwave Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Spinal Decompression with traditional Physiotherapy.View all posts by Brad Saltz