I have a herniated disc and osteophytes at C5-C6. They have caused the classic symptoms of pain down the arm with pins and needles at the thumb and forefinger. After the initial bout I went to an osteopath and after 4 visits(and pretty violent manipulation)I felt normal, even though after the third the symptoms got worse. I have had 3 recurrences since then in the last 3 years. The second time I went to a chiro and it took 5 visits to fix it with again a visit that made the symptoms much worse. 3rd recurrence went back to the chiro but 6 visits and no change or improvement but happened to visit a myotherapist while on a holiday and he adjusted my hips and about two days later my arm symptoms went!!
This last recurrence I decided to act earlier than usual as the symptoms were mild and only when I moved in a particular way. Went back to the osteopath felt a little better after the first visit but the second visit exacerbated the symptoms but since the third visit the symptoms are worse then ever and I am experienceing them constantly, arm feels numb and cold in places and only little movements cause strong pain radiating down my arm.
What I want to know (at the same time dont want to know) is, can this manipulation cause more damage? Is this why the pain and discomfort is there all the time?And what is my next option.Do I keep going to a chiro or Osteopath because they have fixed it once before. The last two days I tried traction with a PT but no change. Just dont know which way to turn.