What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is created by the narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing may be caused by mechanical problems or by abnormalities in the aging spine. It may or may not result in low-back pain, limping, and a lack of feeling in the legs.  Stenosis is often a degenerative condition that most commonly affects the cervical and lumbar spine.

It may exist for years without causing pain or discomfort, but a fall or an accident can trigger characteristic stenotic pain. Numerous factors can cause stenosis, such as thickened ligaments, expanding infection, abscess, a congenital or developmental anomaly, degenerative changes, vertebral fractures or dislocations, or a spinal cord tumor.

Tired of living with painful spinal stenosis?  Start feeling better by contacting our Crystal Lake staff to begin your spinal stenosis treatment today.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Low back pain
  • Numbness, tingling, and hot or cold feelings in the legs
  • Muscle weakness and spasms



There are many reasons that a person might develop spinal stenosis, among them:

  • Genetics – Some people are born with a smaller spinal canal
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated Discs
  • Thickening/toughening of the ligaments in the spine
  • Scoliosis
  • Poor body mechanics, being overweight, lack of exercise and other habits that have put years of strain on the body.

As you can see, some of these causes can be categorized as inherited, some are as a result of age-related degeneration and yet others can be attributed to lifestyle choices and habits.

Diagnosis & Treatment

There are many disease processes that mimic the signs and symptoms of spinal stenosis. Here at Strelcheck Chiropractic we have a dedicated team of physicians that will take a comprehensive history, perform full physical and orthopedic exam and take x-rays or order other diagnostic imaging if warranted.  After an appropriate diagnosis has been made our chiropractors will apply a tailored treatment plan that will involve but not limited to spinal adjustments, physical therapy, massage therapy and nutrition. The goal of the treatment is to get you the most relief as quick as possible.