Spinal Stenosis Affects Gait and Causes Back Pain

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!

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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 balance.

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!

 
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