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Dr. Jeff is now offering Non- Surgical Relief for Spinal Stenosis in his Bolingbrook Office

Posted: April 22, 2015
By: Dr Jeffrey Garofalo

Dr. Jeff is now offering Non- Surgical Relief for Spinal Stenosis in his Bolingbrook Office

 The normal spine is made up of 24 bones that sit on top of each other with a cushiony disc that sits in between the bones. There are 3 holes in the spine, which are important for the health and function of the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. On either side of the bones there are holes that allow for a pair of nerves to come out and head toward you body. The hole in the center allows the spinal cord to drop down from the brain to your lower back. Ample space is needed in these 3 holes for the safety and healthy function if these nerve tissues. As you live life and move the bones also move within the proper limits so as not to close down on these holes compressing the nerve tissue.

Causes of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is can be caused when the bones shift out of normal alignment allowing for the holes to become clogged up allowing the nerve tissue to become compressed ultimately causing stenotic symptoms.

Several structures can fill the 3 holes, which include, arthritic bone change as a result of a bone out of place, the cushiony disc material can invade any of the 3 holes, as well as a tumor invading the spaces.


Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

 Stenosis in the neck can cause numbness, weakness or tingling in a leg, foot, arm or hand. In severe cases, nerves to the bladder or bowel may be affected, leading to incontinence, while Stenosis in the lower back can cause pain or cramping in your legs when you stand for long periods of time or when you walk. The discomfort usually eases when you bend forward or sit down.


 Dr. Jeff a Chiropractor in Bolingbrook offers Non -Surgical Relief for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis may not be cured due to its degenerative nature, but its painful effect on its sufferer's lifestyle may be controlled. Spinal stenosis patients are often happy with realistic expected outcomes of 50% relief of the pain that allow them to take a walk or sit for a meal comfortably with their family. Being able to participate in the activities of daily living and family life is often the desired effect of any treatment for spinal stenosis.

Cox Technic flexion-distraction and decompression is spinal manipulation. The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommend spinal manipulation as primary care for low back pain (1) of which spinal stenosis is a common cause. Cox Technic biomechanically opens the spinal canal area by 28% and drops intradiscal pressures to as low as -192mmHg (2), both desired outcomes when dealing with spinal stenosis which narrows the spinal canal space.  In clinic, patients report relief of their spinal stenosis pain with Cox Technic protocols. 

•  Cox Technic provided significant relief of subjective, patient-reported pain and objective, doctor-recorded tests for a 60-year-old male patient with spinal stenosis is his cervical spine, which also caused arm pain. (3)

•  Relief of spinal stenosis pain in a 78-year-old man with low back pain and leg pain due to multi-level spinal stenosis is reported and is maintained at a 5-month follow up appointment. (4)

•  12 visits of flexion-distraction care provide relief to a 76-year-old male lumbar spinal stenosis. (5)

15 visits of flexion-distraction over 10 weeks provide relief to a 33-year-old male with severe neck pain and arm pain due to spinal stenosis. (6)



 New Life Chiropractic and Dr Garofalo are located in Bolingbrook, IL while servicing the areas of Naperville, Plainfield and Romeoville.

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