The Effect of Back Pain on Walking

The Effect of Back Pain on Walking

Treatment of acute back pain in a quick and urgent manner not only prevents the pain from becoming chronic, but it also reduces the risk of further injury. Patient treatment guidelines express the effectiveness of early treatment in pain management, providing ample reasoning about why it would create higher satisfaction with regard to results. Luckily, there are more benefits of early treatment: increased mobility and reduced pain while in motion; specifically walking.

At Body Fixers, we utilize multiple modalities of pain management and injury assessment to help patients find relief from their back pain and get back to movement without pain. We will work with you to find the best combination of treatment for your individual needs.

Increase your chance of continued mobility with help from Body Fixers. Contact our offices today to set an appointment.

Studying Back Pain and the Functions of Movement

Utilizing scientific research from three different studies of lower limb movement and back pain, findings reveal that there is a notable link between chronic low back pain and altered or inhibited movement in the lower extremities and subsequent joints.

One of the studies involved 40 participants, conducted in February of 2020, utilized a seven-camera system to monitor and record the function of the ankles, knees, hips, and pelvis joints while the subjects were walking. Half of these participants experienced chronic back pain while others did not.

The second study using motion capture technology and markers on 22 participants, examining their spinal function while walking. This study also split the participant base in two parts, half with chronic back pain, the other without. The spinal examination was split into 4 sections to determine where the reduced movement was noted: upper lumbar, lower lumbar, upper thoracic, and lower thoracic.

Utilizing statistical parametric mapping (SPM), the third study captured 3D images of 40 subjects, again with half exhibiting complaints of low back pain and the other half no significant back pain noted. This study analyzed movement in their participants using these images, with finding that provide continued proof of disturbed mobility.

Reduced Movement and Pain Avoidance

It is common for low back pain sufferers to hold their bodies still or alter their way of walking to avoid increased pain. This tendency was confirmed in the studies conducted on mobility and back pain patients. Unfortunately, this pain avoidance tactic stresses the muscles and body systems on the opposing side or parts of the body. This can result in additional injuries or secondary pain conditions. For example, when the left side of the body is experiencing pain, our right side may overcompensate, creating muscle fatigue and pain on the opposing side from the original injury.

This pain avoidance strategy is not the sole culprit of secondary conditions. A case can also be made for the opposite explanation. It could be that a pre-existing lower extremity disability resulted in lower back pain. A disability or injury affecting the lower extremities may cause disrupted movement while walking, causing stress on the back and creating pain.

Whatever the cause, there is no doubt that acute and chronic back pain effect everyday movement like walking and make normal function in life difficult. These studies show that the body is a system, working as a whole. When one issue arises, it affects all systems. Employing modalities of alternative medicine allow patients to heal themselves, without reliance on traditional pain relief methods. Chiropractic care, acupuncture, and other options offered at Body Fixers make pain management and movement a collective goal.

We are here to work with you. We understand your desire to find lasting relief from acute or chronic pain. Let our team help. Contact Body Fixers to discuss the treatments that will remedy back pain for you.