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Chiropractor made it worse....Nos what?

fmonteffmonte Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had an annoying little click in one spot in my neck when I turned my head a certain way. This would happen occassionally every day, several times a day for about a year so I decided to go to a chirpractor to see if he could help.

Understand, other than the little click, I had no neck pain. I did not have great range of motion but I had no pain.

I went to the chiroprator for 12 adjustments and from adjustment #1 my pain has gotten much worse. Remember, before it was 0 on a scale of 1 to 10, now it is constant pain at a level of 6 to 7. The little click has turned into outright cracking sounds and in various locations.

When I told the chiropractor about this he said that this was a good sign, because he was losening things up that had been immobile for a long time. He said to be patient and give it some more time. He recommended to continue 3 adjustments a week, at home exercises and moist warm heat for the pain.

Well, I have been doing the exercises and the heat treatments but I haven't gone back for the adjustment. It has been one month since the last treatment and my neck is not getting any better.

My questions are: should I have continued the adjustments. should I have gone to a regular doctor. I feel so stupid. I wish I would have left well enough alone. If I could only go back to that little "annoying click" I would be happy.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.



  • Meant to say: Chiropractor made it worse... "Now" what?
  • Hi Frank, DId your chiropractor tell you what he thinks is wrong? And did he do any imaging like xrays or mris?

    In my experience if it hurts more I stop doing that. Since you seem so unsettled with this treatment maybe you should seek a doctor who treats spines.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    My surgeon told me if anyone ever suggest I go to a chiropractor to run as fast as I can. Im not saying that this is bad for everyone, but for my condition and myself it is bad idea. Have you had any test done to determine the source of pain? IMO I would see my primary doc and put the chiropractor on hold until I knew what was going on.
  • Howdy, and Welcome to Spine Health!!! I am a "pro/con" on chiropractor. Let me explain. If you have alignment problems, cool, the chiro is great for that, *but* if you have nerve issues, or disk issues (on nerves), chiro NEEDS to stop in most cases. My chiro kept me going 18 years post helicopter crash, hence my "pro" chiro.

    If through imaging you have issues with disks affecting your nerves, *I* would be cautious. My chiro knew "something" was going on, ordered the MRI, saw the hernia and sent me straight to a Neurosurgeon! I had a "keeper" for a chiro, but no more manipulation for me, as I have issues all through my spine now. :)

    Did the chiro cause you more problems? Maybe, but look the other way, the chiro might have discovered more problems coming to surface? Two edged sword? Please let us know how it goes.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • As in any other area, there are the good professionals (those that have a more strong background, know about the risks and what they are doing) as the chiro mentioned by Aviatrix (who stopped at the right moment).
    There are of course the ones that are learning as they are practicing and risking the quality of their patients.
    My neurologist with certainly more than 30 y. of practice (if not more than 40) when asked about chiro practices told me he has seen patients go from chiro direct to ER.

    So please be careful.

    Why not stop chiro immediatelly and go see your doctor, as jlrfrye, Susan, mentioned above?

    I would go this way.

    All the best

  • I completely agree with aviatrix. Get some imaging before you do anything else. See a doctor that knows about spine issues. Even x-rays aren't going to show nerve involvement but it would show arthritis and bone related problems. You could start with that while your waiting to see a specialist. But you definitely need to find out why your neck is like that before you continue with the adjustments he's doing,he could end up really damaging your neck. Good luck!!
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