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Largo Walking and Non-Drug Therapy for Back Pain and Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis and its related back pain is widespread and troubling for many. Dementia, neurogenic claudication, decreased walking distance, poor balance, decreased quality of life, and altered posture often accompany spinal stenosis. Disc herniations, disc degeneration, and other spinal canal space invaders invite spinal stenosis. At Hollstrom & Associates Inc, Largo spinal stenosis patients who want to uninvite spinal stenosis have someone by their side.


Research keeps presenting lumbar spinal stenosis as being linked to conditions like dementia development, walking capacity, and lower quality of life. A new study reported that lumbar spinal stenosis was an independent risk factor for developing dementia. Of 1220 patients, 10.8% of the lumbar spinal stenosis patients had dementia compared to only 4.4% of the control group members. (1) Older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis were portrayed as modifying their posture with a forward bend to improve their ability and tolerance for walking. Researchers who studied this phenomenon found that this posture was more of a forward shift of the pelvis while standing and walking. They deduced that limited walking in symptomatic spinal stenosis patients was more related to spine loading which rose 7%. (2) Whatever it is related to, reduced walking ability is not good. Someday it will be nice to understand more clearly the role of stenosis in relationship to decreased walking, but for now, Hollstrom & Associates Inc will keep encouraging walking for spinal stenosis patients, slow and steady and distance furthered as tolerated.


Since spinal stenosis is so common a condition in older folks, multiple guidelines and reports are published and with good reason. Reduced walking ability and quality of life are recorded side-effects of lumbar spinal stenosis. These two issues remain the leading indicators for back surgery in older sufferers. Sadly, 40% of those who undergo spinal surgery for the lumbar spinal stenosis still report difficulty with walking post-surgery. (3) Recommendation 1 of a newer guideline for dealing with lumbar spinal stenosis and associated neurogenic claudication suggested non-surgical multimodal care to consist of non-drug therapy with education, advice, lifestyle changes, home exercise, manual therapy, acupuncture (trial), rehab, and therapy. (4) An update to the 2013 Cochrane review of research reports on the outcomes of treatments for lumbar spine stenosis related neurogenic claudication that decreased walking found that manual therapy and exercise to increase walking distance together was a beneficial treatment method. Epidural steroids were not. (5) Conservative, non-surgical care of Largo spinal stenosis is recommended by spine researchers and by Hollstrom & Associates Inc.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient with lumbar spinal stenosis and balance issues. Relief with Cox® Technic is described.

Schedule your Largo chiropractic appointment now for increased walking and decreased back pain due to Largo lumbar spinal stenosis!

Hollstrom & Associates Inc encourages walking and guideline-recommended non-drug therapy for spinal stenosis, reduction of its pain, and improvement in walking. 
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