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

Lumbar spinal stenosis and its related back pain is common and distressing for its sufferers. Dementia, neurogenic claudication, decreased walking distance, poor balance, reduced quality of life, and altered posture often attend spinal stenosis. Disc herniations, disc degeneration, and other spinal canal space invaders invite spinal stenosis. At Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center, Pensacola spinal stenosis patients who want to uninvite spinal stenosis have a partner to help.


Research continues to present lumbar spinal stenosis as being linked to conditions like dementia development, walking capacity, and reduced quality of life. A new study stated that lumbar spinal stenosis was an independent risk factor for acquiring 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 described as altering their posture with a forward bend to improve their ability and tolerance for walking. Researchers who looked into this phenomenon found that this posture was more of a forward shift of the pelvis while walking and standing. They deduced that limited walking in symptomatic spinal stenosis patients was more related to spine loading which rose 7%. (2) Whatever it is linked to, decreased walking ability isn’t good. Someday it will be nice to more fully understand the part stenosis plays in relationship to slowed walking, but for now, Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center 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, many guidelines and articles are issued and with good reason. Decreased ability to walk and quality of life are recorded side-effects of lumbar spinal stenosis. These two issues persist as the leading factors for back surgery in older patients. 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 more recent guideline for dealing with lumbar spinal stenosis and associated neurogenic claudication encouraged 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 studies on the outcomes of treatments for lumbar spine stenosis related neurogenic claudication that decreased walking found that manual therapy and exercise to improve walking distance together was an effective treatment method. Epidural steroids were not. (5) Conservative, non-surgical care of Pensacola spinal stenosis is recommended by spine researchers and by Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates 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.

Make your Pensacola chiropractic appointment today for pain relief of spinal stenosis that can get you walking (more) again!

Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center encourages walking and guideline-recommended non-drug therapy for spinal stenosis, decrease of its pain, and improvement in walking. 
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