Spinal stenosis treatment, usually surgical, is on the rise. This is surprising, since we know that surgical procedures for degenerative conditions anywhere in the skeleton, that simply involve trimming back excess bone, are largely unsatisfactory.
The diagnosis of spinal stenosis is increasingly popular. It's the new buzz word; the new diagnostic label for a bad back, particularly if there are osteoarthritic changes. You can read in greater depth on what true spinal stenosis is here.
In many instances the label of spinal stenosis is inaccurate - worse still, the suggested surgical treatment inappropriate. Spinal stenosis treatment surgery is rising at an unprecedented rate (220% as of 2009 in the USA) even though the true incidence of true spinal stenosis is quite low. In this ever-escalating tide of surgery for a bad back it's critically important to know whether you should be having it or not.
The true indications for surgical treatment for spinal stenosis and the common post-op complications are outlined in Sarah Key's small eBook highlighted below. Read all about the small eBook here.
The surgical approach to spinal stenosis treatment is simply nibbling away at excess bone growth in and around the spine to allow more room for the spinal nerves to move ~ and to get more blood. Although this sounds drastic, it does not threaten the structural integrity of the spine. The biggest problem is post-operative scar tissue and adhesion formation.
It's all too easy to attribute back pain to 'spinal degeneration' and to simply seek to remove the evidence of that degeneration ~ particularly as we know that most osteoarthritic spines are not painful ~ and most of us have them to some degree! Medical centres with high MRI rates, also have high surgical rates for the treatment of spinal stenosis. The obvious question: is the tail wagging the dog here?
Sometimes two sticks are necessay
Walking up hill is always difficult for people with spinal stenosis, where sometimes it's necessary to stop and leans against a wall. Some days are better than others and this is thought to be related to a degree of muscles spasm of the lower back. The tighter the back feels, the heavier the legs will be to walk.
People with stenosis know the location of every park bench in their neighbourhood!
You will see in the video section below, that it's possible to ease the spasm away yourself. This package of the videos is called 'Instant Get Out of Pain' (it also goes by the name of spinal appeasing) and you will see Sarah Key demonstrating. You will be taught how it's possible to do these exercise before you go out for a walk, and how much easier it makes it.
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