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can spinal manipulation help correct severe spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
29 years experience Neurosurgery
No: Manipulation cannot reverse the bony enlargement of the joints in the spine that cause stenosis.
Answered on Nov 28, 2015
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
29 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Spinal stenosis is a pathology that involves deterioration of the functional spinal segment involved, most commonly at L3/4 and L4/5. This pathology involves changes to the disc space, leading to facet arthropathy and buckling of a structure called the ligamentum flavum (yellow ligament). Manipulative or traction techniques may allow temporary relief, but are not curative.
Dec 25, 2011
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Correct-no: Spinal manipulation cannot correct the problem. However, chinese medicine, acupuncture, and diet changes can help improve symptoms and even reverse some of the damage over time. Research upper cervical chiropractic care as well as crainosacral therapy. As adjuncts they can help improve flow of spinal fluid and blood to the area.
Answered on Oct 6, 2016
Dr. Mark Weston
31 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No, but surgery can: Surgery sucess at relieving leg pain is in the low 90's% chiropratic care can't enlarge the spinal canal in a lasting way.
Answered on Jul 19, 2018
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