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Spinal Stenosis in Toronto: 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 Toronto back pain sufferer in a difficult position to make a decision about the best way to go about getting rid of the pain. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre aims to keep Toronto 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. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre offers Cox Technic. It’s Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre’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)  Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre offers just that conservative treatment may be worth a try before a surgical intervention for lumbar spinal stenosis.

Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre knows that Toronto 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 Toronto chiropractor to ask all types of questions during the clinical examination!

How many questions might your Toronto 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. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre offers Toronto chiropractic spinal care that carefully incorporates flexion to give relief. Fellow Toronto chiropractic patients with lumbar spinal stenosis answer these questions similarly and are thankful for the relief after treatment!

Make time now to contact Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre to arrange your Toronto chiropractic appointment for conservative management and relief of your back pain. You’ll be glad you did! 

 
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