Sandy Springs Walking and Non-Drug Therapy for Back Pain and Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis and its related back pain is widespread and troubling for many. Dementia, neurogenic claudication, reduced walking distance, poor balance, lessened quality of life, and altered posture often attend spinal stenosis. Disc herniations, disc degeneration, and other spinal canal space invaders invite spinal stenosis. At Cross Chiropractic Center, Sandy Springs spinal stenosis patients who want to uninvite spinal stenosis have a partner by their side.

THE IMPACT OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS

Research keeps presenting lumbar spinal stenosis as being linked to conditions like dementia development, walking capacity, and reduced quality of life. A new study reported that lumbar spinal stenosis was an independent risk factor for developing dementia. Of 1220 patients, 10.8% of the lumbar spinal stenosis patients experienced dementia as opposed to only 4.4% of the control group members. (1) Older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis were described as altering their posture with a forward bend to enhance their ability and tolerance for walking. Researchers who looked into this phenomenon found that this posture was more of a forward shift of the pelvis during walking and standing. They deduced that limited walking in symptomatic spinal stenosis patients was more associated with spine loading which increased 7%. (2) Whatever it is related to, reduced walking ability isn’t beneficial. Someday it will be nice to more fully understand the part stenosis plays in relationship to inhibited walking, but for now, Cross Chiropractic Center will keep encouraging walking for spinal stenosis patients, slow and steady and distance increased as tolerated.

THE TREATMENT OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS: Walk

Since spinal stenosis is so common a condition in older folks, many guidelines and reports 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 persist as the main gauges for back surgery in older patients. Sadly, 40% of those who undergo spinal surgery for the lumbar spinal stenosis still state walking issues after surgery. (3) Recommendation 1 of a more recent guideline for the management of lumbar spinal stenosis and related neurogenic claudication suggested non-surgical multimodal care to include 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 on the outcomes of treatments for lumbar spine stenosis related neurogenic claudication that decreased walking found that manual therapy and exercise to increase walking distance together was an effective treatment method. Epidural steroids were not. (5) Conservative, non-surgical care of Sandy Springs spinal stenosis is recommended by spine researchers and by Cross Chiropractic Center.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates 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 Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment soon for increased walking and decreased back pain due to Sandy Springs lumbar spinal stenosis!

 
Cross Chiropractic Center encourages walking and guideline-recommended non-drug therapy for spinal stenosis, reduction of its pain, and improvement in walking. 
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