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Spinal Stenosis Affects Gait and Causes Back Pain

Spinal stenosis affects gait…and today they’re working with “smart shoes” to track gait irregularities and associated distorted walking patterns! Our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients who have spinal stenosis often comment that they walk differently. That makes sense! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc can help alleviate Fort Wayne back pain and the related effects of spinal stenosis.

SPINAL STENOSIS AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS

Older folks are increasingly affected by frailty and locomotive syndrome, and those who also experience lumbar spinal stenosis find themselves even more affected. In a study of such patients who were going to undergo surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis, all but 1 of the 234 patients had locomotive syndrome while 24.8% had frailty. Post-surgically, those with frailty showed improvement in locomotion. (1) Yet surgery doesn’t necessarily enhance gait for all spinal stenosis patients. Researchers evaluated the sagittal vertical axis using a gait motion analysis with lumbar spinal stenosis patients before and after they underwent decompression surgery to determine if there was any improvement in spatiotemporal – how and how quickly a person moves in terms of stride, pace, width of step, etc. - gait parameters. There was not a change in sagittal vertical axis, but there was significant difference in spatiotemporal parameters. (2) Cox® flexion distraction treatment delivered significant improvement to lumbar spinal stenosis patients in terms of  enhanced function, symptomatology, and performance-based mobility. Further all of their subjective improvement outcomes were statistically and clinically important. (3) This is good!

SPINAL STENOSIS AND POSTURE

It’s also good to understand that lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patient’s static spine and pelvic posture are related to their symptoms.  A new study delved into the subject of how dynamic alignment of the spine and pelvic might be linked to lumbar spinal function in the everyday life of LSS sufferers and discovered that weak hip or trunk extensor muscles, a more pronounced pelvic tilt angle, or less spinal flexion during gait gave rise to lower daily-life lumbar function. (4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc seeks to improve the quality of life for our Fort Wayne spinal stenosis patients and appreciates studies that disclose what works. An up-coming study’s goal is to establish a set of data that can assist in defining and/or altering patient treatment plans, signs for surgery, and routines for post-surgery rehab for lumbar spinal stenosis patients who elect to have surgery. These patients come with a distinctive set of issues concerning posture, balance, ambulation biomechanics, paraspinal muscle quality and fatigue rates, as well as symptoms. (5) All of these contribute to a lumbar spinal stenosis patient’s care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc and outcome.

SPINAL STENOSIS AND BACK PAIN AND SMART SHOES!

To make sure that the clinical outcome is as good an outcome as viable, new tech may be of help. With lumbar spinal stenosis come gait abnormalities like decreased gait speed and unevenness due to muscle weakness and pain in the lower extremities. Don’t worry though. There are “smart shoes” to help. Smart shoes are wearable sensors that can identify gait variations quicker, easier, and cheaper. (6) In the meantime while their accuracy and cost-effectiveness are analyzed - since smart shoes might not be for everyone - the old fashioned in-clinic tests remain effective, and Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows them well! Find out during your exam!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates how The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helps relieve spinal stenosis and increase balance.

Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment soon to visit us especially if you find your gait being “off” and/or have back pain. Spinal stenosis may be the culprit, and Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows how to rein it in!

 
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