Stenosis. If you’re past your 50th birthday and experience twinges of or full-on back pain, stenosis is a familiar condition. Young Chiropractic treats many 50+ year old folks seeking relief of Easley back pain and leg pain. And for good reason: our Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management eases the back pain and leg pain related to lumbar spinal stenosis.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS
Lumbar spine stenosis is a growing diagnosis in our aging society. A new practice guideline was just released that provided three recommendations for treatment of lumbar spine stenosis to relieve pain, decrease disability, improve quality of life, and improve walking ability. First, non-drug options: advice on lifestyle and behavioral changes with exercise, manual therapy, rehab, acupuncture, post-operative rehab and 12 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy if surgery has already been done. Secondly, drug therapy may be attempted: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants. Number 3, these pharmacological drug therapies aren’t recommended: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, calcitonin, methylcobalamin, paracetamol, opioids, muscle relaxants, gabapentin, pregabalin, and epidural steroidal injections. (1) Young Chiropractic offers the first line recommended options for Easley back pain relief: manual therapy, exercise, advice, etc.
MANUAL THERAPY OPTION SPECIFICALLY: Flexion Distraction Cox® Technic
Manual therapy is proving to be quite effective in treating lumbar spinal stenosis issues. A new paper shares the effects of manual manipulation in a comprehensive discussion of Cox® Technic, a manual manipulation treatment implemented by 64% of US chiropractic physicians including your own Easley chiropractor. This latest study is out of Korea, so Cox® Technic is being implemented around the globe now! The authors described that lumbar spinal stenosis is a degenerative spine disease in which spinal nerves are compressed as disc degeneration narrows the area between the vertebral bones due to disc degeneration. Spinal stenosis triggers not only back pain but also other issues like intermittent claudication, leg pain sciatica, and lower extremity weakness. Cox® Technic was used in a comparison study treating stenosis. The patients’ visual analogue scale and Oswestry Disability Index scores were significantly lowered in the experimental group patients over the control group patients. The authors described how the flexion distraction technique (aka Cox® Technic) is intended to restore the normal spinal joint function and movement by opening the facet joints, decreasing the stresses on the posterior disc, restoring facet joint motion, reducing the disc pressure, making a larger spinal canal area, increasing disc height, and thus relaxing compressed nerves. The researchers further explained that flexion-distraction concentrates on a specific segment of the spine, alters the epiphyseal joint allowing a distraction of the anterior and posterior longitudinal ligaments, and relaxes the facet joint. Negative pressure was generated in the disc space by widening the canal space. (2) They referenced other studies that revealed a 65% decreased pressure inside the disc (3) and reported that not only is back pain relieved with flexion distraction, but so too is pain and physical function due to a severely prolapsed disc. (4,5) Young Chiropractic finds the same. Our Easley back pain patients experience relief with Cox® Technic, too.
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Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Michael McMurray on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his lumbar spinal stenosis patients who didn’t think he would ever get relief.
Make your next Easley chiropractic appointment with Young Chiropractic. Do not let the all-too-common, over-age-50 condition of spinal stenosis slow you down! Young Chiropractic has the treatment for you!