Buffalo, NY Walking and Non-Drug Therapy for Back Pain and Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis and its related back pain is widespread and troubling for its sufferers. Dementia, neurogenic claudication, reduced walking distance, poor balance, lessened quality of life, and modified posture often accompany spinal stenosis. Disc herniations, disc degeneration, and other spinal canal space invaders invite spinal stenosis. At The Novelli Wellness Center, Buffalo, NY spinal stenosis sufferers who want to uninvite spinal stenosis have a partner by their side.

THE IMPACT OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS

Research continues to present lumbar spinal stenosis as being linked to conditions like dementia development, walking capacity, and reduced quality of life. A new study reported that lumbar spinal stenosis was an independent risk factor for acquiring dementia. Of 1220 patients, 10.8% of the lumbar spinal stenosis patients experienced dementia compared to just 4.4% of the control group members. (1) Older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis were described 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 while walking and standing. They deduced that limited walking in symptomatic spinal stenosis patients was more associated with spine loading which increased 7%. (2) Whatever it is related to, decreased walking ability isn’t good. Someday it will be nice to more fully understand the part stenosis plays in relationship to slowed walking, but for now, The Novelli Wellness Center will continue to encourage walking for spinal stenosis patients, slow and steady and distance furthered as tolerated.

THE TREATMENT OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS: Walk

Since spinal stenosis is so common a condition in older folks, many guidelines and articles are published and with good reason. Reduced walking ability and quality of life are documented side-effects of lumbar spinal stenosis. These two issues remain the main indicators for back surgery in older sufferers. Sadly, 40% of those who undergo spinal surgery for the lumbar spinal stenosis still report difficulty with walking after surgery. (3) Recommendation 1 of a more recent guideline for the management of lumbar spinal stenosis and related neurogenic claudication suggested non-surgical multimodal care to consist of 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 studies regarding the outcomes of treatments for lumbar spine stenosis related neurogenic claudication that decreased walking found that manual therapy and exercise to increase walking distance together was an effective treatment method. Epidural steroids weren’t. (5) Conservative, non-surgical care of Buffalo, NY spinal stenosis is recommended by spine researchers and by The Novelli Wellness Center.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes 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.

Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment soon for increased walking and decreased back pain due to Buffalo, NY lumbar spinal stenosis!

 
The Novelli Wellness Center encourages walking and guideline-recommended non-drug therapy for spinal stenosis, reduction of its pain, and improvement in walking. 
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