Spinal Stenosis in West Des Moines: What Works? Conservative Care!

Surgery. Physical therapy. Exercise. Braces. Spinal injections. Chiropractic. Spinal manipulation. So many options are available for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. (1) But they can leave the West Des Moines back pain sufferer in a difficult position to make a decision about the best way to go about getting rid of the pain. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa understands and is here to help.  

Sadly, spinal surgery is a common treatment older adults with chronic low back pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis. To curb this trend, researchers are working on an algorithm for physicians to follow when diagnosing and treating older patients with low back pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis. This approach is focused on helping low back sufferers to find relief with conservative treatment focused on keeping these patients functioning and enjoying a satisfactory quality of life.(2)

Chiropractic fits this proposed system. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa aims to keep West Des Moines chiropractic patients with back pain and lumbar spinal stenosis functional, keep them mobile, keep them enjoying life with as little interruption by back pain as possible. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers Cox Technic. It’s Executive Chiropractic of Iowa’s use of Cox Technic is a gentle, conservative approach to relieving back pain and related leg pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis. Chiropractic Cox Technic is research-documented to safely increase the spinal canal area by up to 28% in a doctor directed and controlled manner.

As a side note, a Cochrane review concluded that non-surgical interventions studied had no side effects while surgical interventions produced 10% to 24% side-effects. (1)  Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers just that conservative treatment may be worth a try before a surgical intervention for lumbar spinal stenosis.

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows that West Des Moines low back pain patients with lumbar spinal stenosis want to know how they’ll respond to conservative, non-surgical care like chiropractic spinal manipulation. That’s quite understandable! Researchers are getting pretty good at identifying some factors that may well answer that question. However, not all outcome predicting measures are consistent. That fact alone will keep researchers working for a long time! But factors like age, a patient’s beginning-of-care rating of pain, body mass index and leg pain description are pretty reliable. (3,4) Count on your West Des Moines chiropractor to ask all types of questions during the clinical examination!

How many questions might your West Des Moines chiropractor need to diagnose lumbar spine stenosis? Just 6! Research shows that back pain specialists can be 80% certain of the diagnosis after hearing the answer to just 6 questions. What types of questions are these 6? Simple ones like “do you get leg or buttock pain when you walk?” or “do you feel better when you flex forward?” or “does your back pain go away when you use a shopping cart or ride a bike?” do the trick. (5) Do you see a theme here? Spinal stenosis patients often find relief by flexing forward. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers West Des Moines chiropractic spinal care that carefully incorporates flexion to give relief. Fellow West Des Moines chiropractic patients with lumbar spinal stenosis answer these questions similarly and are thankful for the relief after treatment!

Make time now to contact Executive Chiropractic of Iowa to arrange your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment for conservative management and relief of your back pain. You’ll be glad you did! 

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