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November 10, 2015

Choking. That’s a definition of stenosis. That gives you a stark image, a constricting image, a scary image. Applied to spinal stenosis, it’s the choking of the spinal canal space where spinal nerves lie. The nerves want their space. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers gets that. With its gentle spinal manipulation protocols of Cox Technic, Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is often able to help Baton Rouge back pain and neck pain patients get relief of the stenosis and regain a satisfactory quality of life as well as improve balance and gait that often are affected by spinal stenosis.


To stand and walk and move around, the body does things automatically to keep us upright and in position. Low back pain causes a loss of body positioning control. It even reduces movement control and makes it difficult to adapt to surface changes like slight inclines or uneven flooring. (1) Spinal stenosis is one of those low back pain conditions that tends to affect balance and gait, and Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers sees often in this Baton Rouge chiropractic practice.

Now Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers often sees patients who, naturally, want that quick fix like surgery to remedy the pain and balance trouble and discomfort that back problems like spinal stenosis bring. Unfortunately, spine surgery for spinal stenosis is not shown to improve balance. Surgery may produce some pain relief, but a new study shows that there was no improvement in balance. Why? Because behavioral patterns for balance were embedded before the surgery. The body had already adapted to its new condition before surgery. (2) Wow. So how might Baton Rouge chiropractic care benefit spinal stenosis?

Well, chiropractic care before surgery for spinal stenosis may improve the outcome by improving movement before surgery, breaking the bad movement habits before surgery. This may well reduce the functional limitations patients experience after surgery. Luckily, some researchers are studying this issue of what can be done before surgery to optimize outcomes after surgery. (3) Seeing your Baton Rouge chiropractor before surgery may be part of the fix you’re seeking!

So contact Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers about your spinal stenosis and any balance issues you may have. The Baton Rouge chiropractic care may well keep the choking of spinal stenosis at bay.