Lumbar spinal stenosis and its related back pain is common and distressing for its sufferers. Dementia, neurogenic claudication, decreased walking distance, poor balance, lessened quality of life, and modified posture often accompany spinal stenosis. Disc herniations, disc degeneration, and other spinal canal space invaders invite spinal stenosis. At Moriarty Chiropractic, Nashua spinal stenosis sufferers who want to uninvite spinal stenosis have a partner 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 recent study stated that lumbar spinal stenosis was an independent risk factor for acquiring dementia. Of 1220 patients, 10.8% of the lumbar spinal stenosis patients experienced dementia compared to only 4.4% of the control group members. (1) Older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis were described as changing 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 standing and walking. They deduced that limited walking in symptomatic spinal stenosis patients was more related to spine loading which increased 7%. (2) Whatever it is linked to, reduced 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, Moriarty 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 reports are issued and with good reason. Reduced walking ability and quality of life are recorded side-effects of lumbar spinal stenosis. These two issues persist as the main factors for back surgery in older sufferers. Sadly, 40% of those who undergo spinal surgery for the lumbar spinal stenosis still state difficulty with walking post-surgery. (3) Recommendation 1 of a newer guideline for dealing with lumbar spinal stenosis and associated neurogenic claudication suggested 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 reports regarding the outcomes of treatments for lumbar spine stenosis related neurogenic claudication that decreased walking revealed that manual therapy and exercise to increase walking distance together was an effective treatment method. Epidural steroids weren’t. (5) Conservative, non-surgical care of Nashua spinal stenosis is recommended by spine researchers and by Moriarty 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.
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