Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic

Chiropractors & Rehabilitation Centers located in Pittsburgh, PA

If you’re over 50 and suffering from neck or back pain, you may be one of the three million Americans suffering from spinal stenosis. With the help of Dr. Justin Foltz and the team at Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic, you can reduce your spinal stenosis symptoms and pain and get back to living your life and doing the things you love. To find out more about the condition and see what chiropractic and rehabilitation can do for your stenosis, call the Pittsburgh office today to schedule your initial consultation. You can even book your appointment online.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Depending on the severity of your spinal stenosis, you may or may not have signs of the condition. When you have spinal stenosis, your spinal column narrows and puts pressure on your nerves. This pressure can create various symptoms throughout the body. You may experience symptoms in your hands, arms, feet, or legs, including:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Imbalance
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction (in severe cases)

Without treatment, these symptoms worsen with time.

What causes spinal stenosis?

In most cases, spinal stenosis occurs as you age and is often associated with the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis. The wear and tear of arthritis can lead to bone spurs, closing the space in your spinal canal.

Herniated discs and thickened ligaments, the cord-like tissue that supports your spine, can also narrow the space in your spinal column, as can spinal tumors. If you’ve experienced a spinal injury or trauma, you may also develop spinal stenosis.

There are congenital forms of spinal stenosis, and those born with small spinal canals or scoliosis (an abnormal spinal curve) are more at risk.

How is spinal stenosis treated?

At Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic, Dr. Foltz uses various treatments and therapies to help reduce your spinal stenosis symptoms. Depending on the location, severity, and cause of your stenosis, he may even eliminate the problem for good.

With the goal of taking pressure off your nerves, Dr. Foltz may manipulate your spine to allow injured discs, including those that are herniated, bulging, or ruptured, to heal and return to their proper position in the spine.

Dr. Foltz may use trigger point therapy to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with spinal stenosis. He may use his hands, a massager, or even a tennis ball to massage your tissue deeply and reduce symptoms.

He also gives you therapeutic exercises and stretches to do as homework. This homework adds to his in-office treatments and helps your body heal. He may talk to you about modifying certain activities, including how long you sit or stand, or he may make suggestions to your work environment that can improve your spinal function.

When spinal stenosis causes you pain and interferes with your life, find a natural solution at Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic. Call or use our online booking agent today to schedule.

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