Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis Therapy Options In Chapel Hill Durham

The word stenosis is derived from the Greek vocabulary and means “to choke”. If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis in Chapel Hill, this means that the nerves in a certain area of your back are being “choked” and the messages from the brain to the rest of your body are being impinged. Pain can result as a warning sign from the body that there is a problem occurring within.

How Can the DRX9000C Treat for Spinal Stenosis?

Chapel Hill-Durhams’s Chiropractor Dr. Cosmas Leigh is dedicated to providing the most advanced, state-of-the-art, natural care possible for his patients. Dr. Leigh is the only Chiropractic Physician in the Triangle using the DRX9000C. This spinal decompression medical device is an alternative, non-invasive approach toward providing fast pain relief for a wide variety of chronic pain issues that you might be experiencing. The DRX9000C is designed to reduce and eliminate pressure between the spinal discs. As both the vertebrae and spine are separated, the pressure is slowly reduced within the disc creating a small vacuum which forces the gelatin center of the spinal disc back into its natural place. The DRX9000C also helps pull much-needed nutrients, both oxygen and fluid, back into the degenerated discs allowing therapeutic healing to commence.

What is Involved in a DRX9000C Spinal Stenosis Treatment?

During treatment for spinal stenosis, the patient is secured and positioned on the table with an arm support, belt, and a vest to prevent the body from sliding. The duration of the treatment, the pull weight, and the decompressing angle are entered into a computer which calculates a slow progression and maximum pull while alternating between an extension and relaxing state. An average spinal stenosis treatment lasts about three to four treatments for about a 20 to 30 minute duration each time.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis vs. Cervical Spinal Stenosis

In lumbar stenosis, which occurs in 75% of stenosis cases, the spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed, or choked. This can produce symptoms of sciatica; tingling, weakness or numbness that radiates from the lower back and into the buttocks and legs. This can present especially with activity. Spinal stenosis is related to degeneration in the spine and usually will become significant at the age of 60 or so. Treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis is very effective to help adults prevent having to limit activities and can alleviate leg pain and/or difficulty with walking.

Spinal stenosis pain in the neck (cervical spinal stenosis) can be far more dangerous because of the compression of the spinal cord. Spinal cord stenosis may lead to serious symptoms including major body weakness or even paralysis. Many times people think the only option they have for cervical spinal stenosis is surgery. This is not true.

What Other Conditions can Dr. Leigh Treat Using this Alternative Treatment?

Dr. Leigh has been able to help thousands of patients suffering from the pain and symptoms associated with common conditions listed below:

Spine Conditions

Chiropractors FAQ

Do Chiropractors adjust all patients the same way?

No. The chiropractor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. In fact, there are many different chiropractic techniques and the chiropractor will decide which is best for each patient. The recommendations made by a chiropractor are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractors may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place. Some chiropractors specialize in serving those people who have had previous back surgeries and are still in pain. Spinal Decompression Therapy can be the most effective course of treatment for such a person.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs.

Can I tell if my spine is out of alignment?

Not always. A misalignment is like a dental cavity–you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a misalignment, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.

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About Dr. Cosmas Leigh

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Cosmas Leigh, D.C. is a pioneer in Spinal Decompression to treat spinal stenosis, herniated discs, bulging discs, and disc degeneration. Dr. Leigh was the first in his region to include the state-of-the-art DRX 9000c Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression system to his practice to reduce pain and restore function for people of all ages.