Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in the spine, which places pressure on nerves. It usually occurs in the lower back and neck, and symptoms vary from one person to another. To know for sure, you'll need to visit Drs. George Kollias, Autumn Scaz, and Elissa Pally of Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, Florida.
How do symptoms vary?
Some people have no symptoms, but others experience several symptoms:
- muscle weakness
Symptoms vary depending on which nerves are affected and require an MRI or CT scan for proper diagnosis. Take into consideration that many symptoms worsen overtime and other symptoms of spinal stenosis include problems with walking and balance, neck pain, bowel or bladder dysfunction, pain or cramping in one or both legs, and back pain.
What's the cause of spinal stenosis?
It's caused by wear-and-tear in the spine and severe cases, your chiropractor may recommend surgery to relieve pressure off the spinal cord or nerves. Other causes include:
- Overgrowth of bone from osteoarthritis on your spinal bones creates bone spurs.
- Herniated disks, which occurs because the soft cushions that act as shock absorbers dry out.
- Ligaments that stiffen over time.
- Tumors are uncommon but identifiable using an MRI or CT scan when you visit your Tampa chiropractor.
- Spinal injuries, like car accidents and other trauma.
Types of Spinal Stenosis
- Cervical stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spine in your neck.
- Lumbar stenosis, which is narrowing of the spine in your lower back
Who's at risk of spinal stenosis?
Age plays a big part, especially if you are over 50. Degenerative changes cause spinal stenosis in younger people, as well as trauma, congenital spinal deformity, and genetics in general. MRI or CT scans pinpoint the cause of spinal stenosis.
Need to speak with a chiropractor?
If you'd like to learn more about spinal stenosis, you can contact Drs. George Kollias, Autumn Scaz, and Elissa Pally of Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, Florida, by calling 813-884-1457.
Can a chiropractor help me with my back pain?
Painkillers just aren’t cutting it these days, and even just sitting at your desk is causing excruciating pain. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit our Tampa, FL, chiropractor. A chiropractor can provide many people with the relief they need from acute and chronic forms of back pain. Of course, it also depends on what’s causing your back pain in the first place.
What causes back pain?
There are countless reasons you could be dealing with back pain. Some of the most common causes include,
- Poor posture
- Strained or sprained muscles
- Injuries fall, and accidents
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease (usually occurs with age)
- Spinal stenosis (usually occurs in people over 60 years old)
- Pinched nerve
You may find that being sedentary, heavy lifting, and wearing certain shoes such as high heels may also exacerbate your back pain. Since people dealing with chronic back pain are more likely to miss days of work, have their work performance negatively impacted by their health, and also be prone to depression and anxiety; therefore, it’s important to find out what’s causing your back pain so you can get the treatment you need to manage your symptoms. Our Tampa, FL, chiropractor can perform a comprehensive examination to determine what’s causing your back pain.
How is back pain treated?
The purpose of chiropractic care is to reduce pain and other symptoms you are experiencing by improving how your body functions as a whole. While taking pain relievers can help ease the pain it won’t treat the underlying problem. This is why chiropractic interventions and other treatments are required in order to figure out what’s going on. Common ways for a chiropractor to treat back pain include,
- Physical therapy
- Spinal manipulation
- Massage therapy
- Special exercises
- Ergonomic recommendations
- Lifestyle changes
- Ultrasound and electrical stimulation
- Heat and cold therapies
Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Wellness Therapy also offers DRX900 nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy, which can provide relief from back pain caused by bulging herniated or protruded discs, as well as sciatica. If you are dealing with severe and chronic forms of back pain that you’re having trouble treating effectively, this spinal decompression therapy may finally provide you with relief.
If you are interested in learning more about your back pain treatment options then schedule a consultation with our Tampa, FL, chiropractor to learn more. Call Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy today at (813) 884-1457.
Spinal disc problems due to an accident, injury, or medical condition can lead to serious back and neck pain. Spinal disc surgery is one possible treatment option, but there are several non-surgical alternatives as well. Chiropractic care and massage therapy are just two possibilities. Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, or Dr. Elissa Pally, the experienced chiropractors at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, can discuss alternatives to disc surgery and recommend a specific treatment method for you.
Chiropractic care involves the use of various techniques and therapies for adjusting the spine. Improving spinal alignment can provide relief from the pain and discomfort associated with disc problems, such as bulging or herniated discs. The benefits of chiropractic care include pain relief, increased range of motion, decreased muscle spasms, increased mobility, reduced degeneration, and a reduction in tissue inflammation.
Massage therapy can also be used to effectively treat neck and back pain due to spinal disc problems. Specific massage techniques are used to manipulate the body’s soft tissues and deliver pain relief. Traction massage is one type of therapy that is particularly effective at stretching the back muscles. It can be used to relax the back muscles before performing spinal adjustments to achieve even better results.
Laser therapy is another alternative to disc surgery offered at our practice in Tampa. This treatment method helps alleviate pain by reducing inflammation and is highly effective for treating injuries affecting spinal discs. It also rejuvenates damaged cells by accelerating cellular reproduction and growth. With laser therapy, damaged tissues, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments, can repair themselves faster.
Spinal decompression is an effective non-surgical option for treating back conditions such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, facet joint syndrome, and bulging or herniated discs. In some cases, spinal decompression can be used to treat spinal stenosis as well. The way spinal decompression works is that it stretches pinched or compressed spinal joints, which alleviates pressure on spinal nerves.
Numerous non-surgical options are available for treating disc-related neck and back pain. Schedule an appointment with Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, or Dr. Elissa Pally to discuss these different alternatives to disc surgery by calling Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, at (813) 884-1457.
Dealing with neck pain after a car accident? Chiropractic care can relieve your symptoms.
More than 16,000 car accidents happen every day in the US. While some accidents are minor, you may still be dealing with neck pain and other aches and pain as a result. While pain relievers can help ease the pain, you must receive proper treatment after your auto accident to address the injuries that are causing you pain. This is where our Tampa, FL, chiropractor Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally come in.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
You may be dealing with a whiplash injury if you are experiencing:
- Limited range of movement and flexibility in your neck
- Pain that gets worse when moving your neck
- Pain that radiates to the shoulders and arms
Those with whiplash may also experience:
- Trouble concentrating
- Sleep problems
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Blurry vision
Since many conditions can cause similar symptoms it’s important that you see a qualified medical professional right away, especially if you’ve been in a car accident.
How can a chiropractor help?
Our chiropractors, Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally, specialize in treating injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, which includes everything from tendons and ligaments to bones and nerves. If you are dealing with whiplash and other injuries due to an auto accident, our Tampa chiropractor can provide you with a variety of treatment options, including:
- Pain management: This includes everything from resting and ice/heat therapy to taking over-the-counter pain relievers
- Exercises: The exercises our chiropractors will prescribe will involve slow, gentle stretching exercises that can reduce pain and stiffness and restore flexibility and range of motion.
- Spinal manipulation/chiropractic adjustment: When the neck gets forcefully thrown out of its typical range of motion, this can cause vertebrae within the spine to fall out of alignment. To improve the alignment of the spine, to release trapped nerves, and to reduce muscle tension, our chiropractor offers spinal manipulation to ease symptoms and improve how the body functions as a whole.
- Physical therapy: if you’ve been in a serious car accident and you’re dealing with long-term or severe whiplash pain, then our chiropractor may also recommend physical therapy to help retrain and strengthen the muscles in and around the neck.
If you’ve just recently been in an auto accident, our Tampa, FL, chiropractor offers a wide range of treatment options that can help ease symptoms associated with soft tissue injuries such as whiplash. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally, call Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy at (813) 884-1457.
Chiropractic treatment relieves auto accident-related pain, stiffness and inflammation naturally. Your Tampa, FL, chiropractors, Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally, provide a variety of treatments that help their patients recover from auto accidents.
How chiropractic treatment can help you
Whiplash is a particularly common injury after an auto accident. When your vehicle hits another car or object, your neck moves back and forth suddenly in a whipping motion. This motion may cause a misalignment in your vertebrae or strain ligaments, muscles and spinal discs.
Chiropractic treatments realign the vertebrae in your neck and spine, reduce pain, improves neck movement and decrease inflammation.
The treatment is just as effective as easing aches and pains throughout your entire body as a result of your accident. Treatment also prevents the formation of scar tissue that can limit your range of motion and cause stiffness.
If you don't treat your injuries promptly, you may be more likely to develop arthritis or experience chronic headaches or migraines. Thanks to chiropractic treatments, you may be able to avoid pain medication entirely or decrease the amount of medication you need to keep your pain under control.
What types of treatments are available?
Your chiropractic treatment plan may include several types of therapies, including:
- Spinal Manipulation: During this treatment, your chiropractor uses his or her hands or a small, handheld instrument to realign your vertebrae. Spinal manipulation relieves joint pain and muscle tension, reduces inflammation, stops bones or tissues from pressing on nerves, and improves your range of motion.
- Massage Therapy: Massage therapy relieves pain caused by muscle spasms, stiffness or knots in your muscles. The therapy also improves blood flow to the injured tissues and prompts your body to release natural pain killers called endorphins.
- Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: Your chiropractor uses small instruments to break apart scar tissue and knots that can limit your range of motion. Treatments restore flexibility and decrease inflammation.
Chiropractic treatment after auto accidents can help speed your recovery from your injuries. Call your chiropractors in Tampa, FL, Drs. Kollias, Scaz and Pally, at (813) 884-1457 to schedule your appointment.
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