Cervical spine stenosis is a narrowing of the opening in your vertebrae where your spinal cord passes. If it narrows, it has the potential to produce tension or irritation to your nerves or your spinal cord.
Depending on the level where this happens, you can experience an interesting mix of things.
If the stenosis was to occur in your lower back where the nerves to your legs go, you may experience things such as sciatica, tingling in your legs, cramping in your feet or thighs, weakness or inability to lift your feet, problems going to the bathroom, etc.
ff the stenosis was to occur in your neck where the nerves to your hands do, you may experience things such as “carpal tunnel syndrome” (which is actually called a “radiculopathy” when it originates from the nerves in your neck), burning in your hands or fingertips, weakness in your hands where you find yourself dropping things, pain in your shoulders, headaches, etc.
Now here’s the interesting thing: if you have cervical spinal stenosis in the upper part of your neck, you can experience the problems in your arms and in your legs. In other words, if the stenosis occurs right at the top of your spine, it has the potential to produce pain, weakness or neurological symptoms anywhere in your body.
Many medical or healthcare professionals only focus on where the pain or symptoms are. And yes, if you have had the proper tests that show you have cervical spine stenosis, then there is a certain limitation that may not go away unless you have surgery. At the same time, however, if either of the
top vertebrae in your neck are not properly aligned, they can produce a physical pulling issue that compounds the stenosis. Therefore, if it is possible to reduce the tension from the top, it may also be possible to reduce the tension elsewhere in the body.
Our north Brisbane chiropractic practice focuses in what is called the Blair upper cervical specific technique, which is a personalised approach to cervical spine care without manipulation. Our North Lakes chiropractor, Dr Jeffrey Hannah, is actually the only advanced certified Blair doctors in Australia, and has been recognised as one of the leading authorities in the field of upper cervical specific chiropractic care.
If you or a loved one have been experiencing cervical spine stenosis, we may be able to help. Please feel free to reach us at our North Lakes chiropractic office, and we will be happy to have a chat.