I'm sure this has been discussed numerous times, but I have to try again and see what the current opinion is.
First off, the disputes between MD's and Chiropractors are frightening. How can I see both if they each contradict the other?
My pediatrician was conservative and told me he absolutely did not believe in Chiropractic. He examined me for scoliosis when I was in the middle school age and said I was fine. I'll never know exactly when my scoliosis developed.
My mom was seeing a chiropractor so I decided to try it out because I had been feeling back pain and stiffness. He did numerous examinations of me before treating me, which included x-rays. I got to see the x-ray, which was scary. I had never seen an x-ray of my back, and I had a huge curve. I couldn't imagine how I was even sitting straight with that spine. The chiropractor never mentioned the word scoliosis, and said that he was glad we caught it now because if I waited a few months longer he wouldn't be able to fix it. This raised my skepticism.
I had an appointment with the pediatrician coincidentally in the next couple of weeks, so I told him what happened and he re-examined me. Again, he said my spine was perfectly fine. He told me about how he sat in on the chiropractic treatment of an infant where the baby was rendered paralyzed, so he was obviously biased from one experience.
At this point I was so confused, so I went to see a specialist. He explained to me I had scoliosis and finally gave me some answers. He didn't tell me to stop seeing either doctor.
I quit the chiropractor after I started feeling worse. I know he could not reduce my curve, and I think the manipulations did not help.
The whole chiropractic field does not sound to me like an exact science. Whenever I try to do research or read about it, I get the same vague details. They talk about alignment and 'energy' and how the ancient greeks used chiropractic medicine. I'm sure people who go to chiropractic school for years are taught something with more depth, so why isn't that information out there? I want to know how it works and why it works. Is this just me?
I'd love to hear your opinions or personal experiences.