Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Boot Camp Ottawa
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This life changing program enables participants to increase their mobility and independence so they can get back to what they love most.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Bootcamp
Usually caused by a type of arthritis that affects the lower spine, lumbar spinal stenosis is a painful condition that results in weakness in the legs, buttocks, and lower back. It severely limits a person’s ability to stand or walk.
Lumbar spinal stenosis causes a narrowing of the spinal canals and compression of the spinal nerves travelling into the legs. While it can affect people of all ages, it is one of the most common causes of disability and loss of independence in older adults. The loss of mobility caused by spinal stenosis can be devastating, leading into a sedentary lifestyle which can accelerate the development of other health problems such as weight gain and obesity, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Older adults who anticipated a retirement of travel, golf, tennis and freedom can become virtual prisoners as they become unable to stand or walk without severe pain.
Currently there is no cure, although some patients can benefit from surgical intervention. However, most patients do not opt for surgery or do not qualify as it is too risky due to their advanced age or health history. As the disease is progressive, even positive surgical results can diminish over time.
The Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Boot Camp was developed at Toronto’s Mount Sinai hospital. It was created by Carlo Ammendolia, D.C., Ph.D, who is a leading researcher in the non-surgical treatment of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. This research-backed program is shown to benefit patients who are unable to walk longer than 25 minutes due to pain.
The Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Boot Camp is a unique six-week program that focuses on improving function. Twice weekly, the chiropractor implements a program of care that focuses on mobilizing the lumbar spine to enhance joint function and mobility, in conjunction with various soft tissue techniques. Twice daily, the patient performs specific exercises to restore weak back and leg muscles. When combined with body alignment strategies, this helps to reduce the pressure on the compressed nerves when standing and walking. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is a chronic problem and learning how to live more effectively with it, using self-managements strategies, allows one to become in control and therefore better able to cope.
The primary outcome is increased mobility, as measured with a weekly pedometer step test. Results show that patients are able to double, triple, and even quadruple the number of steps they can take before they must rest.