This showed up on a scan and sounds serious….is it?
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more areas in in the spine and it can often show up on a scan – actually people may have evidence of spinal stenosis after a scan but have no signs or symptoms!
So, just because you have signs of a spinal stenosis doesn’t automatically mean you have a serious back problem – it really depends on what symptoms you have.
I have pain and some tingling/numbness in the arms…
This is a less serious set of symptoms and you would benefit from performing regular exercises (which we can teach you) in order to support your neck and strengthen and recruit the correct muscles.
You also would benefit from a focused course of acupuncture and Tui Na massage treatment to relieve pain.
If you have other symptoms including dizziness, loss of bowel/bladder control or balance this may indicate a more severe stenosis condition and we can advise you on your best course of action.