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Case Study Shows Chiropractic Benefit for Spinal Stenosis

In the May 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) is the case report of just how chiropractic care helped someone with Spinal Stenosis. In this study a 78-year-old man had lower back pain and severe bilateral leg pains. Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a issue causing narrowing of the spinal canal and strain on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Degenerative alterations are also typical.

The beginning was slow and intensifying with growing lower back pain of 2 years' duration and progressively worsening bilateral anterior leg pain of 4 months' duration. The individual described an "achy low back" pain with a belt-line distribution and an "electric," "sharp," and "crampy" pain across the front of the lower leg. The MRI study of his lower back revealed a narrowing of the spinal canal.

In this case, the man went through a preliminary course of chiropractic care for a two week period where substantial changes were observed by the patient. The conclusion of the case report demonstrates successful care of a patient with symptoms either caused by or complicated by central spinal cord stenosis.

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