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Will ?Spinal manulipation help correct severe spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

No, it will not alter the spinal canal's size which has become too small for the neural elements which are compressed.
In a severe case of spinal stenosis, manipulation has a chance of aggravating the symptoms unless it is gentle traction which may help foraminal stenosis -the region where nerves exit the spine.

In brief: No

No, it will not alter the spinal canal's size which has become too small for the neural elements which are compressed.
In a severe case of spinal stenosis, manipulation has a chance of aggravating the symptoms unless it is gentle traction which may help foraminal stenosis -the region where nerves exit the spine.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Spinal manipulation will not help to reverse severe spinal stenosis.
It is a structural problem that causes the canal where nerves travel to become narrowed and lead to leg symptoms called neuroclaudication. If medications, injections and physical therapy have not worked, you need to see a surgeon to discuss a lumbar laminectomy.

In brief: No

Spinal manipulation will not help to reverse severe spinal stenosis.
It is a structural problem that causes the canal where nerves travel to become narrowed and lead to leg symptoms called neuroclaudication. If medications, injections and physical therapy have not worked, you need to see a surgeon to discuss a lumbar laminectomy.
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Dr. Greg Khounganian
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Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Spinal manipulation, typically done by an osteopath or chiropractor, may relieve the symptoms caused by spinal stenosis but it will not change the underlying structural problem. The same goes for medications, physical therapy and other treatments for stenosis.

In brief: No

Spinal manipulation, typically done by an osteopath or chiropractor, may relieve the symptoms caused by spinal stenosis but it will not change the underlying structural problem. The same goes for medications, physical therapy and other treatments for stenosis.
Dr. Jason Huffman
Dr. Jason Huffman
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