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Chiropractors, Opinions?

Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:46 pm

I just started seeing a Chiropractor. I'm having problems with my neck, right shoulder and now my back. For the past five years or so it's just been a dull pain in my neck and right shoulder. This past year it kicked up to numbness in both arms, my regular physician had me get an MRI. It showed I had bones spurs, two slipped discs and degenerative arthritis. She gave me a script for physical therapy, which I start this evening. However last week I was in terrible pain so I also went to a chiropractor a friend recommended. I was impressed, I thought he was very thorough (I was there for two hours). He did some adjustments and the next day I felt a good amount of relief, however two days later some pain is starting to creep back in.

My question is what are people's general opinions of Chiropractors? Do they work?
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RE: Chiropractors, Opinions?

Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:01 pm

Work? Depends on your ailment in my experience...
I've seen one for my chronic lumbar issues, always helps, but even he admits there's no permanent fix for it, he can just diminish the problem.
Since my car crash last year my neck has been an issue, Chiro treatments haven't helped it.

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RE: Chiropractors, Opinions?

Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:34 pm

It really depends on the nature and cause of the problem. A competent chiropractor may be able to assist where there is an underlying chiropractic cause for any symptoms that you are experiencing.

I am not qualified to offer any opinion (in the sense of having recognised qualifications) so I can only offer anecdotal evidence. My mother for many years reported symptoms of what is generally called migraine. She had also been diagnosed as being agoraphobic and displaying suicidal tendencies. Her doctor actually asked her in my presence how she saw herself ending her life. She replied that she would...(deleted for protection of individual privacy.)

Later a friend of the family suggested that she visit a chiropractor. Now not for a single minute do I suggest that such a visit is the answer to every situation - how could I know? But following a thorough examination it was revealed that my mother actually had an undetected fracture in her neck and also that she had a number of anomalies in her spine. By addressing the underlying causes of her malaise it was possible to improve her quality of life, although it did require visits at six-weekly intervals (that is once every six weeks and not six times a week).

I stress that this will not be the case in every instance but in my mother's case the visit to the chiropractor and subsequent treatment was of tremendous benefit, despite the initial doubt expressed by her regular GP. I guess it comes down to what works. In some cases chiropractics will help while in others drugs will provide greater relief. With drugs you can almost be assured that you are merely treating symptoms rather than causes. With chiropractics you might sometimes deal with the cause, although the same may be said for conventional medicine.

But as I said, I am not qualified but can only speak on the basis of what I saw with my mother. This will not be same with other people.
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RE: Chiropractors, Opinions?

Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:26 am

I believe that some problems can be addressed by Chiropractors.

So I'm married to a physical therapist who has made it clear that sometimes Chiropractors expand the scope of what they can be successful with.

I've had two surgeries for ruptured cervical disks - 20 years apart. No manipulations can repair a ruptured disk and with C 5-6-7 now being basically one piece of bone I have no desire for Chiropractors to consider manipulations on my neck.
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RE: Chiropractors, Opinions?

Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:55 am

Given the ailments, chiropractors can be invaluable. I also feel that a combination of therapies make sense such as acupuncture and Massage therapy if there's any muscle Related pain.

I think they do get a bad rap.
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RE: Chiropractors, Opinions?

Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:39 am

They get a bad rap from MDs sometimes but in my personal experience and the experience of my family they help a lot. In my family a good chiropractor has solved pain and issues which a doctor said would require surgery in a few weeks of treatment. Even when not feeling bad I visit a chiropractor every few months to get adjusted. And not just my back either. I get bad writing cramps in both my hands and adjustment and some treatments of my hands and wrist help a lot.

Of course there are some things a chiropractor just can't help you with but I always reccomend seeing one first when there are issues with your back or neck or some general issues like headaches. Everything is connect to your spine.
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RE: Chiropractors, Opinions?

Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:52 am

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
despite the initial doubt expressed by her regular GP.

General rule of thumb; Never ask a Ford dealer what he thinks of Dodges; the exact same thing applies to GPs and Chiropractors; never ask one about the other; (that actually DON"T know; they're not trained to "know"; both are trained in their "field" only.

As for chiropractors, I have known many people who "swear by" them; I also know many people who "swear at" them; I believe that indicates that the only way to ever answer the question, is to go try one; I've thought about it a few times, but never "got around" to going to see one.

I had a big motor cycle crash while I was in the Navy; it didn't quite break my back, but it sure "screwed it up", big time! Had lots of back problems for about 20 years; Then, during the last 25 years of trucking, out of a total of 40, I had a few falls from the top of car carriers; (also numerous "incidents" involving the biggest killer of all car haulers, a tie down bar; I got so "banged up" so many times, that it became impossible to "relate" any one specific "ache or pain" with the "incident" that caused it; now, after being retired since 1997, and taking fairly decent care of the old "bod".......I'm almost back to feeling like a 20 yr old again;

(there's a bit of "risk" involved in feeling good though); even though I generally feel pretty good, the bones are STILL 80 yrs old; 80 yr old bones are somewhat less "flexible" than 20 yr old bones; so any time I'm more than about 20 feet from the ground, I start being extra careful, (and sometimes even resorting to a full body harness with a "fall decelerating" lanyard. So far I haven't broken anything in quite a while; (and still haven't gotten around to seeing a chiropractor! yet.)

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RE: Chiropractors, Opinions?

Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:58 pm

Check if your chiropractor does MUA (Manipulation Under Anasthesia) procedures. I had a herniated disk and regular treatment wasn't helping so I had the MUA done and I've been pain free for almost 2 years.
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