Well­ness Arti­cles

Case Study Shows Chi­ro­prac­tic Ben­e­fit for Spinal Steno­sis

In the May 2001 issue of the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics (JMPT) is a case report of how chi­ro­prac­tic helped a patient with Spinal Steno­sis. In this study a 78-​year-​old man had low back pain and severe bilat­eral leg pains. Lum­bar spinal steno­sis (LSS) is a con­di­tion result­ing in nar­row­ing of the spinal canal and pres­sure on the spinal cord and/​or nerve roots. Degen­er­a­tive changes are also com­mon. The patient com­monly has chronic low back pain and uni­lat­eral or bilat­eral leg symptoms.

The patient in this study was a 78-​year-​old man with acquired degen­er­a­tive Lum­bar Spinal Steno­sis. The onset was slow and pro­gres­sive with increas­ing low back pain of 2 years’ dura­tion and pro­gres­sively wors­en­ing bilat­eral ante­rior leg pain of 4 months’ dura­tion. The patient described an “achy low back” pain with a belt-​line dis­tri­b­u­tion and an “elec­tric,” “sharp,” and “crampy” pain along the front of the lower leg. The MRI study of his lower back rev­eled a nar­row­ing of the spinal canal.

In this case the man under­went an ini­tial course of chi­ro­prac­tic care for a two week period dur­ing which sig­nif­i­cant changes were noted by the patient. The con­clu­sion of the case report demon­strates suc­cess­ful care of a patient with symp­toms either caused by or com­pli­cated by cen­tral spinal cord stenosis.

Ran­dom Article

Under the pos­si­ble head­ing of “it would be funny if not true”, is a new report in the July 19, 1999 Amer­i­can Medical

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