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Old 03-03-2009, 07:46 AM   #1
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Chiro vs. PT

I have just completed 3 weeks of physical therapy and am thinking of waiting a while to see if I need more...at which point I am thinking of seeing a chiro who does traction. The PT seems to have helped, but maybe it is because I am learning to sleep on my side with a small pillow between my knees. I have been doing exercises on my own and using a stationary bike at home. Any thoughts?

My MRI results are as follows:
Lower lumbar degenerative changes most pronounced at L4-5 with midline disc herniation, severe facet arthropathy and Grade 1 antherolisthesis resulting in severe spinal stenosis and bilateral forminal narrowing.


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Old 03-03-2009, 06:24 PM   #2
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Re: Chiro vs. PT

Personally, with the results you are indicating, I would not get treatment with a chiropractor. With spinal stenosis - physical therapy can lessen the symptoms. But I wouldn't want "adjustments" done to an area of the spine where there are clearly issues.
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Re: Chiro vs. PT

SpineAZ, thanks for your reply. I was wondering if the chiro would forego the adjustment and just use traction?

 
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Re: Chiro vs. PT

That is very possible. You'd want to talk with the Chiro first to set up your expectations for the treatment plan. And, I always say that any good Chiro will want to review your xrays, MRI, CT etc - to be sure they are treating within what they can handle. I did see a Chiro for my neck problems and the minute he saw my MRI he said "I can no longer treat you, you should solely be treating with a Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic Spine Surgeon based on what this report and films show". That was a good Chiro!
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Re: Chiro vs. PT

SpineAZ good idea about the x-ray and MRI. I have not decided on the chiro yet...just getting ideas. Thanks.
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