LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS: What do to?
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is seemingly one of the most common spinal conditions in the US, impacting over 500 million people over the age of 62. (1) As researchers grapple with a more systematic approach to managing patient care for lumbar spinal stenosis patients, your Augusta chiropractor delivers gentle, safe, pain easing treatment. The latest effort at a system stressed that each LSS patient presents a bit differently which limits any algorithm to be “soft guidance” as to its treatment plan based primarily on the LSS patient's pain relief with 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 as well, you do not want to overlook it. Further, lumbar spinal stenosis is not a condition that appears and disappears forever. Its pain can be contained, but its status as a condition remains one that researchers classify as “chronic,” meaning it lasts beyond 90 days. Have hope! Your chiropractor can help with lumbar spinal stenosis relief. One study reported that flexion distraction significantly reduced 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 experienced significantly lower pain scores over the following year 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 problems in LSS patients documented that flexion distraction spinal manipulation improved 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 of follow-up with patients who were treated with CTFDD for relief of their LSS-associated back pain. Data collection will be done in late 2023 with findings being published in the years to come. Augusta lumbar spinal stenosis is everywhere, and its relieving partner is your Augusta chiropractor here at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic!
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 set of researchers starts a new study to see if a 6-week education and exercise program will improve the walking capacity of lumbar spinal stenosis patients with neurogenic claudication (7), Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic suggests]}