Acupuncture and Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces in the spinal column narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and associated nerves. Spinal stenosis usually involves one or more of the three main spinal areas: the spinal canal in the center of the vertebral column, the canals located at the roots of spinal cord nerves, or the spaces between the vertebrae through which nerves leave the spine and that goes to the rest of the body. The condition is most commonly caused by degenerative conditions of the spine resulting from undue strain on the back, traumatic injury, normal aging, or it can be inherited. It is most common among men and women age 50 or over.

The treatment for spinal stenosis is mostly based on the management of the pain and discomfort levels. The accepted view is that there is not much that can be done about it other than relieving the symptoms. The one thing that is completely certain about the spinal stenosis is that it causes a great deal of pain and discomfort.

Many of spinal stenosis suffers will become dependent on pain medicines that eventually will have negative side effects. As we get older and the spinal stenosis worsens, we may end up using a large cocktail of pain medications. Many people believe pain medications are the only solution for their pain. However, with the availability of acupuncture, this is simply no longer the case. Acupuncture can aid in minimizing the pain, thus minimizing the use of pain medication. If acupuncture treatments are done regularly, it can reduce, if not completely relieve, the pain symptoms caused by spinal stenosis.

Acupuncture treatment usually has an immediate pain relieving effect. The degree of pain relief depends on many factors, including the patientís age, the length of time the stenosis has been present, and the presence of concurrent conditions that may complicate diagnosis, treatment. As the acupuncture treatment progresses, the patient usually experience increase and longer lasting pain reduction or pain relief.

Any spinal problem is a serious health issue and spinal stenosis is no different. Acupuncture can provide relief to spinal stenosis patients. Acupuncture done on a regularly biases can provide you with long lasting pain reduction or pain relief. Are you ready for pain relief? Call for an appointment today, 206-455-4172.

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