Call us to set up an appointment! 765.962.9900

Spinal Stenosis Affects Gait and Causes Back Pain

Spinal stenosis affects gait…and today they’re working with “smart shoes” to measure gait irregularities and connected distorted walking patterns! Our Richmond chiropractic patients experiencing spinal stenosis often remark that they walk differently. That makes sense! Johnson Chiropractic can help relieve Richmond back pain and the related effects of spinal stenosis.

SPINAL STENOSIS AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS

Older folks are ever more affected by frailty and locomotive syndrome, and those who also have lumbar spinal stenosis find themselves even more affected. 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% had frailty. Post-surgically, those with frailty exhibited improvement in locomotion. (1) Yet surgery does not necessarily improve gait for all spinal stenosis patients. Researchers evaluated the sagittal vertical axis using a gait motion analysis with lumbar spinal stenosis patients before and after they underwent decompression surgery to determine 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 variation in sagittal vertical axis, but there was significant change in spatiotemporal parameters. (2) Cox® flexion distraction treatment produced significant improvement to lumbar spinal stenosis patients in terms of  improved function, symptomatology, and performance-based mobility. Further all of their subjective improvement outcomes were statistically and clinically meaningful. (3) This is beneficial!

SPINAL STENOSIS AND POSTURE

It’s also good to understand that lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patient’s static spine and pelvic posture are related to their symptoms.  A new study investigated the subject of how dynamic alignment of the spine and pelvic might be related to lumbar spinal function in the everyday life of LSS sufferers and discovered that weak hip or trunk extensor muscles, a more pronounced pelvic tilt angle, or smaller spinal flexion during gait resulted in decreased daily-life lumbar function. (4) Johnson Chiropractic aims to enhance the quality of life for our Richmond spinal stenosis patients and values studies that disclose what works. A future study’s goal is to form a set of data that can assist in defining and/or altering patient treatment plans, signs for surgery, and practices for post-surgery rehab for lumbar spinal stenosis patients who choose to have surgery. These patients come with a unique set of issues regarding posture, balance, ambulation biomechanics, paraspinal muscle quality and fatigue rates, as well as symptoms. (5) All of these play a role in a lumbar spinal stenosis patient’s care at Johnson Chiropractic and outcome.

SPINAL STENOSIS AND BACK PAIN AND SMART SHOES!

To ensure as good an outcome as viable, technology may be of help. With lumbar spinal stenosis come gait abnormalities like reduced 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 detect gait variations quicker, easier, and cheaper. (6) In the meantime while their accuracy and cost-effectiveness are explored - since smart shoes may not be for everyone - the old fashioned in-clinic tests remain effective, and Johnson Chiropractic knows them well! Find out during your exam!

CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic

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 relieve spinal stenosis and improve balance.

Make your Richmond chiropractic appointment today to see us especially if you find your gait being “off” and/or have back pain. Spinal stenosis may be the culprit, and Johnson Chiropractic knows how to deal with it!

 
Richmond back pain affects gait and walking patterns 
« View All Spine Articles
"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."