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Spinal Stenosis Walking Issues: EP’s Chiropractic Clinic

Spinal Stenosis Walking Issues: Stenosis means a narrowing. Spinal stenosis can happen in any spine region, but the neck and lower back are the most common locations. The spinal canal becomes narrower and can cause the nerves to become compressed, pinched, and irritated and can extend from the lumbar spine through the hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. Individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis may have difficulty walking caused by sensations of discomfort like numbness, electrical shocks, and pain, requiring the need to lean forward to relieve pressure and symptoms. Additionally, symptoms are likely to worsen the longer the walk. Chiropractic treatment can treat spinal stenosis because it corrects and re-aligns the spine, thus reducing pressure on the spinal cord, joints, and nerve roots.

Spinal Stenosis Walking Issues: EP's Chiropractic Clinic

Spinal Stenosis Walking Issues

The spine is made up of interlocking vertebrae. The regions are cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral bones with a foramen opening. These openings form the protective tunnel/spinal canal surrounding the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a group of nerves that run through the tunnel. The narrowing suffocates the nerves supplying the lower extremities that can influence walking activity.

Symptoms

There may be no symptoms with early lumbar spinal stenosis. Most individuals develop symptoms gradually and may begin to notice them while walking or standing. These can include:

  • Lower back pressure sensationsย when standing upright or walking.
  • Leg numbness, tingling, weakness, burning, and/or cramping.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Persistent pain in the back, hips, buttocks, or legs while walking.
  • Difficulty lifting the top part of the foot – known as drop foot.
  • Loss of sensation in the feet.
  • A weak foot that drops/slaps down when walking.
  • Loss of sexual ability.
  • In more serious cases, severe numbness, bladder problems, and inability to stand.

Individuals begin to lean forward when symptoms start, bringing relief by reducing the pressure on the nerves. However, constantly leaning forward leads to other posture and health problems.

Diagnosis

A doctor or chiropractor will ask questions about symptoms and medical history and perform a complete physical examination to diagnose lumbar spinal stenosis. During the physical examination, a healthcare provider will look for signs, such as loss of sensation, weakness, and abnormal reflexes.

Tests:

  • X-rays of the lumbar spine may show bone growths called spurs that push on spinal nerves and/or narrowing of the spinal canal.
  • Imaging tests – A CT or MRI scan can provide a detailed look at the spinal canal and nerve structures.
  • Other studies include – bone scans, myelogram, which is a CT scan that uses a color dye, and EMG, which is an electrical test of muscle activity.

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic care combined with physical therapy is a tried-and-true treatment for spinal stenosis. A chiropractic treatment plan can include targeted and passive exercise programs. Targeted exercises involve strengthening the core and back muscles. Passive treatments include hot and cold therapy, massage, decompression, and electrical stimulation. The objective of chiropractic therapy is to:

  • Strengthen muscles in the core and legs
  • Correct posture and body mechanics.
  • Improve mobility.
  • Maintain ability to perform day-to-day activities.
  • Recommend stretches.
  • Educate on how to keep the spine and back muscles safe.
  • Train on using devices like a back brace, cane, or walker properly.
  • Advise about shoe inserts and splints.
  • Suggest work and home environment modifications, such as ergonomics and cushions.

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References

Conway, Justin, et al. โ€œWalking assessment in people with lumbar spinal stenosis: capacity, performance, and self-report measures.โ€ The spine journal: official North American Spine Society journal vol. 11,9 (2011): 816-23. doi:10.1016/j.spinee.2010.10.019

Lurie, Jon, and Christy Tomkins-Lane. โ€œManagement of lumbar spinal stenosis.โ€ BMJ (Clinical research ed.) vol. 352 h6234. 4 Jan. 2016, doi:10.1136/bmj.h6234

Macedo, Luciana Gazzi, et al. โ€œPhysical therapy interventions for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis: a systematic review.โ€ Physical therapy vol. 93,12 (2013): 1646-60. doi:10.2522/ptj.20120379

Tomkins-Lane, Christy C et al. โ€œPredictors of walking performance and walking capacity in people with lumbar spinal stenosis, low back pain, and asymptomatic controls.โ€ Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation vol. 93,4 (2012): 647-53. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2011.09.023

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

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The information herein on "Spinal Stenosis Walking Issues: EP's Chiropractic Clinic" is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, or licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own healthcare decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.

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Our information scope is limited to Chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, contributing etiological viscerosomatic disturbances within clinical presentations, associated somatovisceral reflex clinical dynamics, subluxation complexes, sensitive health issues, and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions.

We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez DC or contact us at 915-850-0900.

We are here to help you and your family.

Blessings

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Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*

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