Healthy News January 2023

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LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS: What do to?

Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is seemingly one of the most common spinal conditions in the US, impacting more than 500 million people over 65 years old. (1) As researchers grapple with a more systematic approach to dealing with patient care for lumbar spinal stenosis patients, your Sandy Springs chiropractor delivers gentle, safe, pain easing treatment. The most recent attempt at a system emphasized that each LSS patient presents a bit differently which limits any algorithm to be “soft guidance” as to its treatment plan based primarily on the LSS patient's pain relief in spinal flexion. (2) Since spinal stenosis is typically a systemic issue, meaning if you have spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine, you likely have it in other spinal areas like the cervical as well, you do not want to ignore it. Further, lumbar spinal stenosis is not a condition that appears and disappears forever. Its pain can be managed, but it’s often “chronic,” meaning it lasts beyond 90 days. Be hopeful! Cross Chiropractic Center is experienced in ways to help with lumbar spinal stenosis relief. One study reported that flexion distraction significantly reduced pain and disability for lumbar spinal stenosis patients. (3) Another study noted that chronic back pain sufferers with moderate to severe symptoms got better the most with the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression (CTFDD), compared with physical therapy. (4) Those same patients had significantly lower pain scores over the following 12 months than did patients who underwent physical therapy. (5) LSS patients also have altered gait and balance concerns. (1,6) CTFDD helps these things, too! A study regarding the influence of spinal manipulation on balance issues in LSS patients explained that flexion distraction spinal manipulation enhanced function, symptoms, and performance-based mobility in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. (6) We also look forward to the outcomes of a prospective data collection study in its second year for follow-up with patients who underwent CTFDD for relief of their LSS-related back pain. Data collection will be completed in late 2023 with results being published in the years to come. Sandy Springs lumbar spinal stenosis is everywhere, and its relieving partner is your Sandy Springs chiropractor here at Cross Chiropractic Center!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Dean Greenwood on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his relieving treatment of a spinal stenosis patient with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

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TIP OF THE MONTH: Stretch, Strengthen, Walk for LSS Improvement

As a group of researchers establishes a new study to see if a 6-week education and exercise program will enhanced the walking capacity of lumbar spinal stenosis patients with neurogenic claudication (7), we} suggest walking and exercising now! A great deal of research exhibits that lumbar spinal stenosis responds to exercise. A study revealed that individualized exercise (stretches and strengthening) combined with manual therapy (like out CTFDD spinal manipulation mobilization!) beat medical care and group exercise with greater symptom and function improvement as well as walking capacity at 2 months of care. (8) Cross Chiropractic Center has just the program of stretching, strengthening, and manipulation for you! We will design it together!

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We appreciate all of our patients here at Cross Chiropractic Center and look forward to a healthy 2023! Set your next Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment with Cross Chiropractic Center soon to keep your spine in great shape. See you then!

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