I use a cane or crutches on an almost daily basis because of my back. I just went to another back surgeon, and he told me, after an MRI and an X-ray, that among many other things, I have Scoliosis, and because of Degenerative Disc Disease, that I don’t own a single good disc in my entire back. Before performing surgery, he wants me to go to physical therapy (once again) and wear a back brace for 3 months. I’m not crazy about going to therapy again, because of the expense, and the fact that it has never helped me in the past. I’m even less crazy about surgery! So for now, I’m trying to avoid as many expenses as possible, and all surgeries! What is even more embarrassing than using a cane or crutches, is having to use those motorized carts in stores like Wal-Mart, etc! I really hate that!