Healthy News January 2023

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LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS: What do to?

Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is seemingly one of the most common spinal conditions in the US, affecting more than 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 sufferers, your Buffalo, NY chiropractor delivers gentle, safe, relieving treatment. The latest attempt at a system emphasized that each LSS patient is unique in his/her presentation which limits any algorithm to be “soft guidance” as to its treatment plan based initially on the LSS patient's pain relief in 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 ignore it. Further, lumbar spinal stenosis is not a condition that appears and disappears forever. Its pain can be managed, but it’s often “chronic,” meaning it lasts beyond 90 days. Be hopeful! Your chiropractor can help with lumbar spinal stenosis relief. One study documented that flexion distraction significantly decreased pain and disability for lumbar spinal stenosis patients. (3) Another study reported that chronic back pain sufferers with moderate to severe symptoms got better the most with the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression (CTFDD), compared with physical therapy. (4) Those same patients had significantly lower pain scores over the following year than did patients who underwent physical therapy. (5) LSS patients also have altered gait and balance issues. (1,6) CTFDD helps these things, too! A study regarding the influence of spinal manipulation on balance problems in LSS patients explained 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 for follow-up with patients who underwent CTFDD for relief of their LSS-associated back pain. Data collection will be done in late 2023 with results being published in the years to come. Buffalo, NY lumbar spinal stenosis is everywhere, and its relieving partner is your Buffalo, NY chiropractor here at Disc Centers Of America!

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.

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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), we} suggest walking and exercising now! A great deal of research shows that lumbar spinal stenosis responds to exercise. A study revealed that individualized exercise (stretches and strengthening) mixed with manual therapy (like out CTFDD spinal manipulation mobilization!) beat medical care and group exercise with greater symptom and function improvement as well as walking capacity at 2 months of care. (8) Disc Centers Of America has just the program of stretching, strengthening, and manipulation for you! We will design it together!

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We are grateful for all of our patients here at Disc Centers Of America and look forward to a healthy 2023! Schedule your next Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment with Disc Centers Of America soon to maximize your spine’s health. See you then!

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