If you have back and leg pain when walking, it could be caused by a condition called spinal stenosis in the low back. Nearly half of people in their sixties will already show signs of spinal stenosis. In one in five, this will be significant.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis can include pain, numbness and weakness in the legs, lack of energy, depression and frustration with daily activities such as walking. These symptoms can be debilitating but chiropractic and physio care has been shown to have positive effects for people living with this condition, including symptom relief and improved walking distance.
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Spinal stenosis can be disabling
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a degenerative condition in which there is compression of the spine resulting in low back and leg pain, significant functional limitations, as well as severe disability. It affects people worldwide with no silver-bullet solution for its diagnosis. And it is getting worse. As the population gets older, more and more people are suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis.
Given the difficulty walking, people with lumbar spinal stenosis often experience significant limitations getting out and about. Walking ability is significantly poorer in patients with stenosis even when compared with people who have hip and knee osteoarthritis. Additionally, you have an increased risk of falls. Compared with other chronic conditions like cancer and heart disease, spinal problems have a greater impact on physical function.
What causes lumbar spinal stenosis
Stenosis is the technical name for narrowing. In this case, it is narrowing of the channel running up the centre of the spine, the spinal canal, or the gaps between the vertebrae where the sciatic and other leg nerves come out. Anything that causes this narrowing can cause the symptoms of stenosis.
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