I am a 31/m and had an L5/S1 diskectomy at 25 while in the US Army. It went good and my pain level is way down from what it was. Horrible sciatica pre-op. (Don't let what you see on TV regarding the VA and Army medicine fool you - these folks do a great job).
The above however, is not the topic of my post.
On May 30th, I was sitting in rush hour traffic, when a 22 y/o girl smashed her blazer into a car, who smashed into me, and I smashed into a SUV in front of me. Vehicular damage was minor and has been fixed. (She was too busy adjusting her stereo apparently)
However my neck is still hurting (30 days out). Still feels like soft tissue healing, plus what I can only describe as "bones out of place/bone pain". I went to my PCP who said 4-6 weeks is typical, but it can be 4-6 months in some cases and longer in the minority. I estimate the girl (who admitted fault to the police and insurance) was going 20 MPH. Enough the cause a 4 car pileup. I drove myself to the ER and had a CT scan which was negative.
Had a 1/2 hr Swedish massage - girl noted that my muscles are quite tense and I did feel/hear bones crack once during the session (felt good).
Today I went to a chiro who did x-rays and a neck adjustment and an adjustment somewhere in the mid-thoracic area. (Areas I pointed out to her).
I don't think I have a herniated disc, as the x-rays showed good spacing and no nerve impingement symptoms.
I just wanted thoughts on the efficacy of chiro, massage therapy, physical therapy (traction?) or any other info you could provide. Currently I am using ice, Advil 600 mg and Valium (previously prescribed for other issues).
Insurance wants to give me $800 for p/s/i plus $5000 future medical, plus one day lost wages. I am scared to sign a release until I know either a. I am back to normal or b. this is a forever pain deal. I am seeing a lawyer tomorrow for a free consult.
Thanks to all with any helpful information. I went through hell with my L5/S1 nightmare and feel your pain. I know how it is.