Stenosis. If you’re past your 50th birthday and experience twinges of or full-on back pain, stenosis is a common condition. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic treats many 50+ year olds seeking relief of Augusta back pain and leg pain. And with good reason: our Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management eases the back pain and leg pain related to lumbar spinal stenosis.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS
Lumbar spine stenosis is a growing diagnosis in our aging society. A new practice guideline was just published that gave three recommendations for treatment of lumbar spine stenosis to ease pain, reduce disability, improve quality of life, and improve walking ability. First, non-drug options: 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. Second, drug therapy may be attempted: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants. Third, these pharmacological drug therapies aren’t recommended: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, calcitonin, methylcobalamin, paracetamol, opioids, muscle relaxants, pregabalin, gabapentin, and epidural steroidal injections. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic offers the first line recommended options for Augusta 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 paper shares 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 Augusta chiropractor. This latest 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 for care of 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 explained that the flexion distraction technique (aka Cox® Technic) is intended to restore the normal spinal joint function and movement by opening the facet joints, decreasing the stresses on the posterior disc, restoring facet joint motion, reducing the disc pressure, creating a larger spinal canal area, increasing disc height, and thus relaxing compressed nerves. The researchers further explained 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% decreased pressure inside the disc (3) and related that not only is back pain relieved with flexion distraction, but so too is pain and physical function due to a severely prolapsed disc. (4,5) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic finds the same. Our Augusta 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 shares the effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his lumbar spinal stenosis patients who didn’t think he would ever experience relief.
Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic appointment with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic. Don’t let the all-too-common, over-age-50 condition of spinal stenosis stop you! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic has the treatment for you!