Lumbar spinal stenosis and its related back pain is widespread and distressing for its sufferers. Dementia, neurogenic claudication, decreased walking distance, poor balance, lessened quality of life, and altered posture often attend spinal stenosis. Disc herniations, disc degeneration, and other spinal canal space intruders invite spinal stenosis. At Young Chiropractic, Easley spinal stenosis sufferers who want to uninvite spinal stenosis have someone to help.
THE IMPACT OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS
Research keeps presenting lumbar spinal stenosis as being linked to conditions like dementia development, walking capacity, and lower quality of life. A new study stated that lumbar spinal stenosis was an independent risk factor for developing dementia. Of 1220 patients, 10.8% of the lumbar spinal stenosis patients had dementia as opposed to just 4.4% of the control group members. (1) Older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis were portrayed as changing their posture with a forward bend to enhance their ability and tolerance for walking. Researchers who studied this phenomenon found that this posture was more of a forward shift of the pelvis during standing and walking. They deduced that limited walking in symptomatic spinal stenosis patients was more associated with spine loading which rose 7%. (2) Whatever it is related to, decreased walking ability isn’t beneficial. Someday it will be nice to understand more clearly the role of stenosis in relationship to inhibited walking, but for now, Young Chiropractic will keep encouraging walking for spinal stenosis patients, slow and steady and distance furthered as able.
THE TREATMENT OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS: Walk
Since spinal stenosis is so common a condition in older folks, many guidelines and articles are published and with good reason. Reduced ability to walk and quality of life are recorded side-effects of lumbar spinal stenosis. These 2 issues remain the leading gauges for back surgery in older patients. Sadly, 40% of those who undergo spinal surgery for the lumbar spinal stenosis still report difficulty with walking post-surgery. (3) Recommendation 1 of a more recent guideline for handling lumbar spinal stenosis and related neurogenic claudication encouraged non-surgical multimodal care to consist of non-drug therapy with education, advice, lifestyle changes, home exercise, manual therapy, acupuncture (trial), rehab, and therapy. (4) An update to the 2013 Cochrane review of research studies regarding the outcomes of treatments for lumbar spine stenosis related neurogenic claudication that decreased the ability to walk found that manual therapy and exercise to improve walking distance together was a beneficial treatment approach. Epidural steroids weren’t. (5) Conservative, non-surgical care of Easley spinal stenosis is endorsed by spine researchers and by Young Chiropractic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient with lumbar spinal stenosis and balance issues. Relief with Cox® Technic is described.
Make your Easley chiropractic appointment soon for increased walking and reduced back pain due to Easley lumbar spinal stenosis!