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Surgeon wants me to see chiropractor following 4 level fusion?! WHAT?

xMARxxMAR Posts: 125
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my 4 month checkup and xrays following my 4 level lumbar fusion. My surgeon said everything looks great. I told him I'm very sore in my hips on both sides of my low back. I pointed to the spots and he said thats all he needs to know. He said my SI joint pain is normal after this type of huge surgery and recommends me to see a chiropractor who can help relieve this pain. Has anyone else heard of this and could you give me some feedback. I don't like the idea, but maybe it would help. Thanks, Kevin


  • I would ask him why not Physio? I think Chiropractors may be good for some scoliosis issues and muscle problems but don't know why he would refer you there. When I had my herniated disc the Chiro wouldn't touch me. I have seen some good videos on youtube regarding spine issues though as well as www.Chirogeek.com who has had so much info to give us all. Maybe a second opinion may help. I hope you heal from your surgery. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Wow that is crazy. I wouldn't do it
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Hi Kevin, That does not even make sense. A chiro. Could possibly hurt you and the work you had done. Has this guy flipped??? I went to chiros in the beginning 1972 and of and on until 1988 when I demanded to be referred to a spine specialist. He reluctantly did after spending a lot of time trying to talk me out of it. My case was always work comp. And I think all he saw was $$$$$! He had me coming in every day toward the end. And was hurting me so bad I could barley walk. He had taken plenty of x rays and knew damn well I had discs bulging into my spinal chord!
    SEE don't even get me going on chiros! :jawdrop:
    Good Luck, Jim [(
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • I typically am in favor of Chiros ( sorry jim lol ) BUT not in your case.

    My hubby is fused and even 20+ yrs later will not let a chiro do anything to him.....
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • It makes my skin crawl to think of the pain a chiropractor could cause you if he accidentally bent a rod in your back or pushed on you the wrong way... I cannot believe a surgeon would recommend that... Maybe he fell and hit his head that morning before your appointment.
  • I fully agree with what others are saying here. My NS has no problems with Chiropractors, but his thing - areas where surgery was done, or known serious spine issues known, NO ADJUSTMENTS NEAR IT!!!! I love my Chiropractor. Unfortunately, due to my lovely spine, forever gone in so far as visits to his office.

    I would get with your surgeon and clarify what he meant in so far as seeing a Chiropractor. For all you know, he might have wanted you to go for TENS or Massage maybe? Remember, Chiros do a lot more than adjustments. Just my thoughts there. Take care.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • All I know is my OS said that my SI joint is very sore,which he says happens after a fusion this big. He just said he now recommends a chiro to work on my SI joint to relieve the pain. Brenda, I'll find out if he means tens or massage. If he says adjustments--NO WAY!!!! Thanks Salty444, Mrshumptydumpty(great name!!),Charry, and J.Howie
  • the bulk of my problems started with going to a chiro many years ago after 2 sessions i was on a walker for 6 weeks sitting on my left butt cheek sleeping for 7 weeks and never been the same now im so messed up, and haveing surgery to correct what the chiro messed up evean more.
  • You're Welcome Kevin. After my first fusion, maybe 3 months? I was really sore in the top of my right shoulder. My NS was fine with me going to my Chiro for a nice deep message and TENS treatment. I felt great after like 3 sessions. Hopefully that is what will work for you. Please let us know how it goes. "Manipulation", I fully agree - Noppers!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Kevin,

    Tell him you'll skip the chiro in exchange for a script for oxycontin or something equal. LOL
  • I could understand sending you to a PT, but not a chiro. Like most others there, I think that chiros have their place, but not when you have significant spine problems and absolutely NEVER after a spine surgery.

    I'd ask about PT.

  • I like the way you think,salty!
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    The right physical therapist could give you massage, sound wave, electric stimulation and many more options besides anything physical. I watched a really goo one work on my wife after should er surgery. He took all of the pain away at lest temporarily. And eventually permanently.
    I'm hoping that in 4 more weeks when the surgeon thinks I'm ready. I can request to go to that same therapist!
    Good luck,Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Heyy,

    I would definitely consider the option of a chiropractor. I had T2-L4 fused and went to a chiropractor for a few years and it relieved some of the pain.
  • You all are great!!
    Thanks for the input about the chiro. I think what I'll do is tough out the SI pain and skip the chiro unless it is massage or something where manipulation isn't even mentioned. We do have a lot of snow and ice up here. Maybe my OS did fall and bump his head. LOL Kevin

  • I believe that some Chiropractors treat SI pain with a technique where they put you on wedges and leave you to lie there for a few minutes, which takes the strain out of the SI joint. I would definately ask questions about exactly what the treatment would involve and also ask your surgeon what he was expecting to be done to you.

    Hope that you feel better very soon.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    disc/nerve problems and/or spinal surgery, a chiropractor would be off-limits.
    The 'general' procedures used by chiropractors would be counter productive for spinal patients.

    But in fairness to their professions, there are chiropractors who are qualified to handling spinal patients. But that is something you need to know up front.

    And I would always hope that if your doctor is sending you to a chiropractor there is some very good sound reasons.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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