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Can spinal manipulation help correct severe spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Manipulation cannot reverse the bony enlargement of the joints in the spine that cause stenosis.

In brief: No

Manipulation cannot reverse the bony enlargement of the joints in the spine that cause stenosis.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Dr. Roger Frankel
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Weston
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