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

Lumbar spinal stenosis and its related back pain is common and distressing for its sufferers. Dementia, neurogenic claudication, decreased walking distance, poor balance, reduced quality of life, and altered posture often accompany spinal stenosis. Disc herniations, disc degeneration, and other spinal canal space invaders invite spinal stenosis. At The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR, Colorado Springs spinal stenosis patients who want to uninvite spinal stenosis have someone by their side.

THE IMPACT OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS

Research continues to present lumbar spinal stenosis as being linked to conditions like dementia development, walking capacity, and reduced quality of life. A recent study stated that lumbar spinal stenosis was an independent risk factor for developing dementia. Of 1220 patients, 10.8% of the lumbar spinal stenosis patients had dementia compared 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 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 is not good. Someday it will be nice to understand more clearly the role of stenosis in relationship to inhibited walking, but for now, The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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. Decreased ability to walk and quality of life are recorded side-effects of lumbar spinal stenosis. These 2 issues remain the main factors for back surgery in older sufferers. Sadly, 40% of those who undergo spinal surgery for the lumbar spinal stenosis still report walking issues post-surgery. (3) Recommendation 1 of a newer 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 reduced walking found that manual therapy and exercise to increase walking distance together was an effective treatment approach. Epidural steroids weren’t. (5) Conservative, non-surgical care of Colorado Springs spinal stenosis is endorsed by spine researchers and by The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR.

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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 Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment soon for pain relief of spinal stenosis that can get you walking (more) again!

 
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR encourages walking and guideline-recommended non-drug therapy for spinal stenosis, decrease of its pain, and improvement in walking. 
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