Spinal stenosis affects gait…and today they’re working with “smart
shoes” to track gait irregularities and associated
transformed walking patterns! Our Baton Rouge chiropractic
patients dealing with spinal stenosis often comment
that they walk differently. That makes sense! Spine & Sports Rehab Center can help relieve
Baton Rouge back pain and the related effects of spinal stenosis.
SPINAL STENOSIS AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS
Older folks are affected to a greater extent by frailty and locomotive syndrome, and those
who also have lumbar spinal stenosis find themselves even more
bothered by it. In a study of such patients who were going to undergo surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis, all but 1 of the 234
patients were documented to have locomotive syndrome while 24.8% were
documented to be frail. After surgery,
those with frailty exhibited improvement in locomotion.
(1) Yet surgery doesn’t necessarily enhance gait
for all spinal stenosis patients. Researchers measured the
sagittal vertical axis using a gait motion analysis with lumbar spinal stenosis
patients before and after they had decompression surgery to see
if there was any improvement in spatiotemporal – how and how quickly a person walks
in terms of stride, pace, width of step, etc. - gait parameters. There wasn’t a change in sagittal vertical axis, but there
was significant change in spatiotemporal parameters. (2) Cox®
flexion distraction treatment delivered significant improvement to
lumbar spinal stenosis patients in terms of
enhanced function, symptomatology, and performance-based
mobility. Further all of their subjective improvement outcomes were
statistically and clinically important. (3) This is valuable!
SPINAL STENOSIS AND POSTURE
It’s also good to know
that lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patient’s static spine and pelvic posture are
linked to their symptoms. A new study investigated the subject of how dynamic alignment
of the spine and pelvic might be connected to lumbar spinal
function in the daily life of LSS sufferers and found
that weak hip or trunk extensor muscles, a greater pelvic
tilt angle, or smaller spinal flexion during gait resulted
in lower daily-life lumbar function. (4) Spine & Sports Rehab Center
seeks to enhance the quality of life for our Baton Rouge
spinal stenosis patients and values studies that divulge
what works. An up-coming study’s goal is to ascertain
a set of data that can help define and/or
alter patient treatment plans, indications for surgery, and routines
for post-surgery rehab for lumbar spinal stenosis patients who choose
to have surgery. These patients come with a distinctive set of
issues concerning posture, balance, ambulation biomechanics,
paraspinal muscle quality and fatigue rates, as well as symptoms. (5) All of
these contribute to a lumbar spinal stenosis
patient’s care at Spine & Sports Rehab Center and outcome.
SPINAL STENOSIS AND BACK PAIN AND SMART SHOES!
To make sure that the clinical outcome is as
good an outcome as viable, new tech may come
to the rescue. With lumbar spinal stenosis come gait
abnormalities like decreased gait speed and unevenness due to muscle weakness and pain in the lower extremities. Don’t
worry though. There are “smart shoes” to help. Smart shoes are wearable sensors that can identify
gait changes quicker, easier, and cheaper. (6) In the meantime while their accuracy and cost-effectiveness are explored - since
smart shoes might not be for everyone - the old fashioned in-clinic
tests still work, and Spine & Sports Rehab Center knows them well!
Find out during your examination!
CONTACT Spine & Sports Rehab Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Nate McKee on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
describes how The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management helps ease spinal stenosis and increase
Make your Baton Rouge chiropractic
appointment now to see us especially if you find
your gait being “off” and/or have back pain. Spinal stenosis
may be the culprit, and Spine & Sports Rehab Center knows how to deal with it!