Stenosis. If you’re over 50 and experience twinges of or all-out back pain, stenosis is a familiar condition. Moriarty Chiropractic treats many 50+ year old folks wanting relief of Nashua back pain and leg pain. And with good reason: our Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management relieves the back pain and leg pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS
Lumbar spine stenosis is a growing diagnosis in our aging society. A recent practice guideline was just published that provided three recommendations for treatment of lumbar spine stenosis to ease pain, reduce disability, enhance quality of life, and improve walking ability. Non-drug options are first: 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 tried: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants. Number 3, these pharmacological drug therapies are not recommended: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, calcitonin, methylcobalamin, paracetamol, opioids, muscle relaxants, gabapentin, pregabalin, and epidural steroidal injections. (1) Moriarty Chiropractic offers the first line recommended options for Nashua back pain relief: manual therapy, exercise, advice, etc.
MANUAL THERAPY OPTION SPECIFICALLY: Flexion Distraction Cox® Technic
Manual therapy is showing itself quite effective in addressing lumbar spinal stenosis issues. A new report describes 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 Nashua chiropractor. This recent study is out of Korea, so Cox® Technic is being implemented around the globe now! The authors defined lumbar spinal stenosis as 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 designed to restore the normal spinal joint function and movement by gapping the facet joints, reducing the stresses on the posterior disc, restoring facet joint motion, decreasing the disc pressure, creating a larger spinal canal area, enlarging disc height, and thus relaxing compressed nerves. The researchers further stated that flexion-distraction concentrates on a specific segment of the spine, affects 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 discovered a 65% reduced pressure inside the disc (3) and reported that not only is back pain alleviated with flexion distraction, but so too is pain and physical function owing to a severely prolapsed disc. (4,5) Moriarty Chiropractic finds the same. Our Nashua 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 describes the effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his lumbar spinal stenosis patients who did not think he would ever experience relief.
Schedule your next Nashua chiropractic appointment with Moriarty Chiropractic. Do not let the all-too-common, over-age-50 condition of spinal stenosis slow you down! Moriarty Chiropractic has the treatment for you!