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.


Dr. Darryl Roundy

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