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My MRI has about 10 notations on my left side mostly at L3-4. What stands out is Lombago, sciatica.  Symptoms lower Left Extremity.  Disc degeneration every level and desiccation every level with mild disc narrowing L2-3 & L3-4.  L4-5 bulging & bilateral Facet Joint hypertrophy L4-5.  Contacts each L4 nerve root sleeve each neural foramen. Synovial cysts facet joints.  severe cent. sten. with a central anterior posterior canal diameter 7mm bilat lateral recess stenosis mild left foraminal narrowing at L3-4.L2-3 mild bilat facet joint & ligamentum flavum hypertrophy.  L1-2 samll rt. foraminal disc extrusion not yet impinging on rt L1 nerve. I was told that this was the most important part on the report:  The Impression reads:  Mod. to severe Central Stenosis at L3-4 in part due to grade 1 degenerative anterolisthesis.  Small Left foraminal disc protrusion at this level.  I tried to shorten this report which was a full page.  Would I be a candidate for Spinal Decompression?

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Hi Sue, Thanks so much for reaching out to me. Sorry to hear about your pain and condition. Your question is one that I'm asked regularly. If your stenosis is caused in part due to a bulging disc then you may benefit from non-surgical spinal decompression. To be sure if you are a candidate for this procedure you must have a doctor read your report and conduct and examination. According to your report alone it may be that you could benefit from non-surgical spinal decompression.  While I can only imagine how important it is for you to know for sure if you are a candidate for this procedure I cannot make that call with only this information you provided me, having said that I would urge you to take both your report as well as your MRI disc to your doctor of Chiropractic to have him make that call. Please note, if your report made no mention at all about any bulges or extrusions and only indicated a stenosis caused by thickening of the ligamentum flavum you would likely not receive improvement through decompression.

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Spinal Decompression Toronto. I have treated patients many thousands of times which enables me to answer questions about which conditions are most successfully treated by Spinal Decompression. I can answer any questions regarding the science and methodology of how Spinal Decompression works. I can speak about who is and who is not a good candidate for Spinal Decompression, and I can speak about alternative treatments for severe, chronic back pain and neck pain. I can also speak about the various conditions which respond to spinal decompression care as well as which conditions should not receive this care I cannot make specific diagnoses or specific treatment recommendations for a patient without first conducting a consultation and examination with them. There are general protocol guidelines that I can share. I cannot recommend any individual to make changes to their medications or current medical care (prescribed by another doctor). I cannot make specific comments about another doctor.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy Toronto. Patient care has inspired me to advance my knowledge and expertise. I am a Doctor of Chiropractic, treating back pain and neck pain since 1989. I am the founder and CEO of Back Clinics of Canada www.backclinicsofcanada.ca. I've been performing Spinal Decompression for several years, and have performed Spinal Decompression several thousand times. I have worked with a team of medical doctors and have been involved in treating the total patient to help each person achieve a pain-free life and a renewed active lifestyle. Back Clinics of Canada has a numbe of Spinal Decompression Tables. My clinic was the first clinic, world wide, to receive the Newly Redeveloped DRX9000, and time of writing this is the only clinic in Canada offering care with it.

Organizations
Ontario Chiropractic Association Canadian Chiropractic Association York Region Chiropractic Society Masters Circle Chiropractic Leadership Alliance

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I can be regularily heard on Newstalk 1010 AM radio Canadian Living Magazine CJN The Better Back Program The Liberal The Era Banner Canadian Chiropractor

Education/Credentials
Canadian Chiropractic Memorial College: 1989, completed Doctor of Chiropractic University of Toronto: 1982, Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology

Awards and Honors
October 2007: Dell Small Business Technology Award, recognizing innovative use of technology. We have integrated advanced technology into every aspect of our practice, from diagnosis to patient care to business processes and automation.

Past/Present Clients
While we primarily serve the Southern Ontario Region, we do see patients from across Canada and the United States, and even from overseas. Our clients include everyone from office workers to professional athletes, from those on the factory floor to those occupying the corner office. In general an extremly wide cross section of the population.

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