LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS: What do to?
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is reportedly one of the most common spinal conditions in the US, impacting over 500 million people over the age of 62. (1) As researchers struggle to propose a more systematic approach to dealing with patient care for lumbar spinal stenosis sufferers, your Nashua chiropractor delivers gentle, safe, relieving treatment. The latest attempt at a system underscored that each LSS patient presents a bit differently which restrains 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 characteristically a systemic issue, which means that if you have spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine, you likely have it in other spinal areas like the cervical too, you do not want to ignore it. Further, lumbar spinal stenosis isn’t 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! Your chiropractor can help with lumbar spinal stenosis relief. One study reported that flexion distraction significantly lowered pain and disability for lumbar spinal stenosis patients. (3) Another study noted that chronic back pain sufferers with moderate to severe symptoms improved 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 did physical therapy. (5) LSS patients also have altered gait and balance concerns. (1,6) CTFDD helps these issues, too! A study about the influence of spinal manipulation on balance issues in LSS patients documented 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 were treated with CTFDD for relief of their LSS-associated back pain. Data collection will be completed later this year with results being published in the years to come. Nashua lumbar spinal stenosis is everywhere, and its relieving partner is your Nashua chiropractor here at Moriarty Chiropractic!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Dean Greenwood on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains his alleviating treatment of a spinal stenosis patient with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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 improve the walking capacity of lumbar spinal stenosis patients who also have neurogenic claudication (7), we} recommend walking and exercising now! Lots of research exhibits that lumbar spinal stenosis responds to exercise. One study revealed that individualized exercise (stretches and strengthening) in combination with manual therapy (like out CTFDD spinal manipulation mobilization!) outperformed medical care and group exercise with greater symptom and function improvement as well as walking capacity at 2 months of care. (8) Moriarty Chiropractic has just the program of stretching, strengthening, and manipulation for you! We will design it together!
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We are grateful for all of our patients here at Moriarty Chiropractic and look forward to a healthy 2023! Make your next Nashua chiropractic appointment with Moriarty Chiropractic soon to maximize your spine’s health. See you then!