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July 02, 2013

Gait. How’s yours? Do you walk like you just got off a boat? A little tipsy?

Well, back issues or foot issues may be the culprit. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor can determine what the issue is!

A complete chiropractic examination would expose gait issues due to foot conditions or back pain conditions or muscle degeneration due to back pain. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers schedules plenty of time for a thorough chiropractic examination!

After finding the diagnosis from the examination findings, your Baton Rouge chiropractor will set a chiropractic treatment plan and likely a rehabilitation plan to take back your strength and balance of gait.

But you want to know why you have an odd gait. A new paper just came out indicating disc injury as a cause of gait unnaturalness. When a spinal disc is injured, chemicals are made that irritate and produced changes in the gait of the experimental rats. Their strides were much smaller and their stances were longer. (1) Interesting stuff!

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Radiculopathy (leg pain that radiates down the leg along a specific dermatome) is linked together with more extreme and far-reaching weakening of the low back multifidus muscle. (2) This setting may influence one’s gait and call on the skills of your Baton Rouge chiropractor to help you, too! The multifidus muscles need strengthening to maintain your balance.
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Then, a mechanical foot condition may cause or aggravate your back pain. Your chiropractor has examined studies that link flat feet, ankle instability, sagittal plane blockage and excessive pronation to lower back pain. Particularly, excessive pronation has been shown to cause leg length discrepancies which lead to abnormal pelvic tilts and lower back pain. Based on these results, ankle and foot deviations can be considered a potential cause for lower back pain due to the disruption of the kinetic chain from the foot to the back. We chiropractors consider the foot and ankle when addressing lower back pain, especially if more conventional causes of disease fail to describe the condition. (3)

So whether it’s your back or back muscles or your feet causing you gait issues, Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is here to get to the bottom of your gait issue and back on track! A combination of chiropractic treatment (especially with our Cox Technic spinal manipulation) and proprioception exercise can help.

Contact us today to make a Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment to get to the bottom of your gait problem.