005- Chiropractic Care and Spinal Stenosis

This weeks episode looks at research released in 2006 by BMC which shows Chiropractic Care to be an effective and recommended option for patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis. We dive into the research, talk about its clinical implications, and revisit the fundamentals of neurogenic claudication.  All in the time it takes to get to your office!

The Researchers found-

“...non-surgical management should be the first line of approach in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis...”

“Lumbar spinal stenosis can lead to low back and leg pain, most typically via encroachment on the central canal, lateral recess, or lateral canal. The source of the encroachment is typically vertebral body osteophytes, hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum or zygapophyseal joint, or a combination of these. The development of these degenerative changes is often accompanied by restriction of the segmental mobility.”

“A non-surgical approach that attempts to target the unique pathophysiology of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis may be best able to rapidly improve pain and function in these patients.”

“Clinically meaningful improvement in disability was seen in over two-thirds of the patients”


Episode Highlights-

BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2006; 7: 16.
A non-surgical approach to the management of lumbar spinal stenosis: A prospective observational cohort study

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