Lateral Canal Stenosis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Lateral canal stenosis results from the narrowing of the spinal canal. The condition can result from the degeneration of the facet joints or intervertebral discs, which can lead to the growth of bone spurs. The doctors at Texas Injury Clinic in Fort Worth, TX, are experts in the area of spinal stenosis and can diagnose and treat this often painful condition. Our chiropractic practice, which employs state-of-the-art technology, has served the North Texas area since 1999.
Risk Factors and Symptoms
Patients who are advanced in age are at increased risk for developing lateral canal stenosis. The ligaments of the spinal columns tend to become stiffer and less flexible with age, which can raise one’s chances of developing the condition. Genetic factors, tumors, metabolic conditions, and degenerative wear (which can be exacerbated by certain activities) are also common causes of the condition.
The narrowing of the spinal canal can place pressure on the nerves of the spinal cord, which can lead to:
- The feeling of weakness or pain
- Lower back pain
- Difficulty walking
- Pain while standing or walking
- Leg pain
- Numbness or tingling in lower extremities
- Difficulty walking down a flight of stairs
Lateral Canal Stenosis Diagnosis
Your diagnosis at our Fort Worth chiropractic clinic will begin with a physical examination and medical history review. Our skilled doctors thoroughly understand the symptoms of lateral canal stenosis and can differentiate the condition from other potential causes of discomfort. The doctor will ask about your symptoms and how long they have been present.
With proper maintenance and regular check-ups at Texas Injury Clinic, patients can regain mobility and relief from the pain of lateral canal stenosis.
Being able to describe which activities are complicated by your back problem will help our doctor reach an accurate diagnosis. There are no laboratory tests for lateral canal stenosis, but advanced imaging can aid in diagnosing the condition. A CT scan, for example, can help the doctor determine the degree of narrowing that has occurred.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Your treatment will be determined by the severity of your symptoms. Our Fort Worth doctors always strive to provide relief without the use of prescription medications or surgery when possible. Depending on your specific needs, our doctors may recommend:
- Conservative treatments: Physical therapy, over-the-counter medications, posture management, stretching, exercise, weight management, and steroid injections can provide relief for many individuals who suffer from lateral canal stenosis.
- Anti-inflammatory medications: Our doctors are well-versed in effective anti-inflammatory drugs that can reduce swelling and pain associated with lateral canal stenosis. Most pain can be treated with non-prescription drugs. If your pain is severe, our doctors can explore prescription medication options.
- Decompression: Our office uses state-of-the-art technology, such as the DRX9000™, a revolutionary spinal decompression machine that provides relief from back pain.
- Drug therapy: Our doctors may recommend targeted pain medications. This reversible treatment provides immediate relief from pain.
Physical therapy can be very helpful. Prescribed exercises and therapy can stabilize the spine while building endurance and flexibility. Several weeks of therapy may be recommended for this condition. If these options cannot address your back pain, you may be a candidate for traditional back surgery.
Treat Lateral Canal Stenosis Today
Our doctors will explore holistic, non-surgical options to treat your lateral canal stenosis. With proper maintenance and regular check-ups at Texas Injury Clinic, you can regain mobility and relief from pain. To schedule your lateral canal stenosis consultation, call (817) 624-7222 or contact our office online.