Fort Wayne Walking and Non-Drug Therapy for Back Pain and Stenosis08/17/2022Lumbar spinal stenosis and its related back pain is common and distressing for its sufferers. Dementia, neurogenic claudication, decreased walking distance, poor balance, decreased quality of life, and modified posture often accompany spinal stenosis. Disc herniations, disc degeneration, and other spinal canal space invaders invite spinal stenosis. At Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc, Fort Wayne spinal stenosis sufferers who want to uninvite spinal stenosis have someone to help. THE IMPACT OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS Research continues to present lumbar spinal stenosis as being linked to issues like dementia development, walking capacity, and lower quality of life. A recent 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 had dementia as opposed to just 4.4% of the control group members. (1) Older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis were portrayed 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 concluded that limited walking in symptomatic spinal stenosis patients was more associated with spine loading which rose 7%. (2) Whatever it is related to, reduced walking ability isn’t beneficial. Someday it will be nice to understand more clearly the part stenosis plays in relationship to decreased walking, but for now, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc will keep encouraging walking for spinal stenosis patients, slow and steady and distance increased as able. THE TREATMENT OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS: Walk Since spinal stenosis is so common a condition in older folks, multiple guidelines and articles are published and with good reason. Decreased ability to walk and quality of life are documented side-effects of lumbar spinal stenosis. These 2 issues remain the leading gauges for back surgery in older patients. Sadly, 40% of those who undergo spinal surgery for the lumbar spinal stenosis still state walking issues post-surgery. (3) Recommendation 1 of a more recent guideline for managing lumbar spinal stenosis and associated 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 reports regarding the outcomes of treatments for lumbar spine stenosis related neurogenic claudication that decreased the ability to walk found that manual therapy and exercise to improve walking distance together was a beneficial treatment method. Epidural steroids weren’t. (5) Conservative, non-surgical care of Fort Wayne spinal stenosis is recommended by spine researchers and by Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today for increased walking and decreased back pain due to Fort Wayne lumbar spinal stenosis! « View All Featured Exercises"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."