Chiropractors/Should she have surgery?



My mom(age 67) took MRA and was diagnosed as "Spinal Stenosis"...She was told that #4 ~ #5 has an issue.
She visited couple of doctors, and most doctor asked her surgery, but as far as I know, back surgery is not really good option.
She said to me sometimes she has strong pain..sometimes she doesn't...She is not sure whether she is going to have surgery or not.
What do you think?

I appreciate in advance for any comments you may input.


Spinal stenosis is a chronic on-going condition. It is usually due to degenerative wear and tear on the back. The body slowly grows bone "spurs" and at the same time, the discs break down. The result can often be narrowing of the canal through which the cord and nerves pass. This is called spinal stenosis.

Surgery is done to cut open the pathways for the nerves.  It should be done after all other options are exhausted. Other options would include manipulation, acupuncture for pain, therapy, exercises.  At times, surgery is the only option.

Since I don't know your mother, and I have no physical examination or radiographical findings available to me for review, I would be a fool to recommend treatment.  She should consult her doctors and listed to their advise, and do some research on her own.

I hope that this helps at least to get you thinking of options.

Keith Biggs, DC


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Keith E. Biggs, DC


I can answer questions regarding chiropractic care and diagnosis, exercise rehabilitation, spine therapy, disc injuries, back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, car accident injuries, physical therapeutics, acupuncture, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, decompression traction, acupressure, acugraphing, orthotics, arch supports, carpal tunnel, sciatica, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, weight loss, etc.


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Doctor of Chiropractic, Cum Laude,Logan College of Chiropractic, 1987. Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Logan College of Chiropractic. Licensed to practice Chiropractic in Arizona. Certification in Acupuncture. Certification in Physiotherapy and Traction.

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