I don't have a disc injury or damage. I have scoliosis (surgery is not an option) and my chiropractor helps as good as or better than any of the other doctors that I have been too. Most of the time if I am in a great deal of pain, he puts heat then ice on my back before trying to do anything more. He does not try to adjust my low back (where the abnormal curvature is) but does more of a traction/decompression on it.
In any case, each person needs to decide for themselves if chiro is for them. I am of the mind that if he was not helping me, I would not go back.
I tried a chiro recommended by a family member. All the chiro did was crack my back. He ended up billing my insurance for things he'd never done (like x-rays). I reported the incorrect billings. He has sense had his license suspended and he was ordered to pay a large fine. Apparently I wasn't the only person scammed by this chiro. I've been to nervous to try one since then because he only made me worse. Instead I've been lucky enough to find an AMAZING therapeutic massage therapist who is better than PT (she knows just as much, is affordable and actually helpful!), and an accupuncturist who has been extremely helpful. Since my surgery last July I've only seen the massage therapist because my insurance won't pay for PT, but she has worked with my surgeon and PM&R to help me with rehab.
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I've had back surgery so I do not go to a chiropractor...but I would if I can find one who does atlas manipulation machine....I had that done when my atlas (very top vertebrae) goes out and it really helps.
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I had a great chiropractor treating my herniation..i was at the point in 2009 when I couldn't walk. She was very conservative and treated me only after an mri. She did hip adjustments and stretching with me along with other core building exercises. I did not keep up with my maintenance- and after having a baby last year- my core strength is none existent. I splatted my disc last week- and am going for surgical intervention now- but I consulted my chiro first. I think just as with every profession there are good practioners and poor practioners.
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I go to my chrio 1 time a week. For at least 5 yrs after my injury I went 3 times a week. I FULLY credit him with me not being in a wheel chair (full time). I am double blessed as my PCP agrees with me getting chrio care so I don't have any issues getting my ins to pay as my PCP says I need it.
However he has never adjusted/cracked my lower back and he never will. That is where 95 % of my spine damage is. But he adjusts my neck and my hips which is very helpful. He also will treat other tings as they come up - like if I twist my knee etc.
In my opinion once you have been told you have a disk issue - it should not be adjusted unless your pcp or nuro/back dr says it's ok :)
I'm glad that you changed doctor's and it looks like this individual will be able to help you. I went to a chiropractor and he did good with my knee issues. The chiropractor that I went to did have financial assistance. You might want to do some looking around because it can become pretty expensive. Best Wishes!
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I haven't been to a Chiropractor but I have to an Osteopath. The latter are generally a bit more gentle than most Chiropractors.
Another really good option for your pain relief would be an Acupuncturist. I have used one many times, going to him for Benign Essential Tremors, but as they tend to treat the whole mind/body thing, I got treatment for other stuff while there, and it worked really well. Just make sure that the Acupuncturist is qualified to practice in a medical setting - mine was actually a fully qualified Dr who mainly practiced with Acupuncture to keep the additive chemicals from prescriptions out of our systems as much as possible.
Hi, The pop sound that you hear at the chiropractor is normally air escaping from joints. I say Normally because when I went to a chiropractor the pop I heard and felt was my disc rupturing. I went in to see the chiropractor for muscle strain and I left with a severely ruptured disc in my lower back. One wrong twist and I am now termed physically disabled.
I am all for trying new treatments and avoding medications but it is important that you are ok with the possibility of things that can go wrong with chiroprators. I was lucky I was not paralized.
I belive before anyone tries any treatment a detailed list of pro's and con's needs to be made. I hope that you find relief with your condition and that you do not have to turn to narcotics as they have thier own con's list as well.
As for cost if your on any kind of assistance there may be a program that can help with making those payments.
I have been to a chiropractor in the past .. Some times I was sore at first but he warned that it might in the beginning. It helped me tremendously. Give it a try for awhile. I stopped going cause my insurance did not pay for it so I was on a payment plan. He is my daughters brother-in-law. I thought about going back to him. I would love to try acupuncture..
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Aside from my Early Degenerative Disc Disease, I have an autoimmune condition called Mixed Connective Tissue Disease which is very similar to Lupus. Although I suffer from a long list of other symptoms, pain and swelling of the joints and tissues, are the worst. As of lately, my pain meds are not really helping, and my doctor is apprehensive about prescribing "narcotics" for pain. That's fine, but I asked for other options for treatment, only to be told that I don't have any. My doctor sucks, and I'm in the process of switching. To make a long story short, she told me that because there is no cure for MCTD, that my symptoms won't get much better, and in so many words, to deal with it.
Well while I was at Walmart the other day, "Fuller Life Chiropractics" were there. If you made a donation of $20 to the Children's Miracle Network, you could get a free visit, including x-rays. Well, I went to my appointment today, and I think this could really be just what I was looking for. Aside from the EDD, I learned that I have other spine problems. We went over the x-rays and treatment options, as well as my favorite, payment plans.
The doctor was very informative, he answered all of my questions, and I learned so much today. I knew the spine was important, but I didn't know just how much it affects the body as a whole. So I chose my payment plan, because chiropractic care is not included in my insurance, and I'm ready to see how it goes. I received a treatment today, and it was a little uncomfortable, well it scared me. Because he popped my neck and my back several times, and it was loud. But after it was over, I really felt a difference.
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