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Chronic Neck Pain

ValTenVValTen Posts: 1
edited 03/29/2014 - 9:57 PM in Chronic Pain
I went to Dr B. at xxxx with my Husband Shane... I have dealt with neck pain for years without much concern. I felt discomfort but not too worried.. After Dr. B showed me the Ex-rays that showed how much my neck was shifted to the left and was starting to degenerate, I was concerned... After about a month and a half of adjustments and decompression, I'm over 30% improved. It will take time since I was so far shifted, but I can definitely tell an improvement and he listens when I describe where it hurts and addresses it immediately.. We will continue to see him for the foreseeable future.

Post edited to remove name of specific medical facility. by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team



  • Spine pain is the strangest thing. My docs say someone can be in very little pain but when you look at their MRI you'd expect them to be in agony & vice versa. In your situation I'd be going to see a specialist. I know I say this often.. I honestly do not believe that a chiropractor is where any of should be when we have structural damage. When all of this first started I went to one. She was great, really listened to me & then took an X-ray before she touched me. As soon as she looked at the X-ray she told me to make an appointment with a spine surgeon (for advise & an action plan, not surgery). She said she would never perform adjustments on a patient with damage to the spine! Every specialist I have ever seen has given the same advise. The best thing I have ever been told about chiropractors by a medically trained specialist is, "it's improbable that a chiropractor will cause permanent damage". Listen to some of the stories on these forums "improbable" isn't impossible & some here can testify to that!

    I'm only sharing what I've been told. Please consider making an appointment with a spine specialist. Get an MRI to see exactly what's going on in there. You are very fortunate that you're only feeling "discomfort but not too worried", I wouldn't wish chronic pain on anyone it can be a living nightmare! I hate to think of you becoming one of the Spine-Health chronic pain family & sharing your chiropractic treatment horror stories in the future. If you take my advise & the specialist says its ok to continue with your current therapy you haven't lost anything.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Maybe some members with more medical knowledge than me could post when they think it's a good idea to see a chiropractor when you're suffering with spine issues. I've seen quite a few different specialists along the way... They've all said "Never!", but I read many posts from members who regularly have adjustments & it really worries me. I would never let a chiropractor touch my back. Coming from England I was amazed that half the strip malls in my area have chiropractors shops. A lot of people must find them really helpful or they'd go out of business! It's just very foreign to me. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • And swore by them. I am really against meds and my history with Drs. Has always been to drug me up. Adjustments did seem to take away pain and stiffness but this was always accompanied with stim, heat, and sometimes massage and PT techniques. My chiro also gave me exercises to do to help strengthen the muscles in my back. It was always hard to adjust my neck because I was always so tense and had to consciously relax my muscles.
    The thought of cracking my neck always freaked me out, but it did feel good?! My husband and stepson do it on their own necks. I am always yelling at them and tell them they can end up paralyzed or dead but they just keep doing it.
    When I got hurt before my surgery, my chiro did treat me until it made no difference at all. Finally he suggested that I get an MRI. Once he saw that report he referred me to a PM for injections and to a surgeon. If the injections didn't work. That is my experience with chiropractors.
  • There is nothing wrong with manipulative therapy. In fact, manipulation is great therapy for soft tissue pain, and some chiropractors have a better idea about treating chronic spine issues in soft tissue than physical therapists.

    However, I have to agree that "adjustments" are bad medicine for people with cervial dsyplasias, surgical rods and plates, and disc disease, and too many chiropractors, all though the mean well, see "sublexations" where there is no dysfunction. As the old saying goes, when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

    CPers with spine problems have to be very careful about selecting treatments that are right for them, and that takes self-education.

  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 03/30/2014 - 2:28 PM
    of a herniation or nerve compression, the last thing that they should do is allow adjustments to be performed by a chiropractor UNTIL they have been medically cleared by a physician.
    I am one of those horror stories who went to a chiropractor before seeing a surgeon....and unfortunately, the chiro that I had been going to for years, was selling his practice and had a new doctor take over......my old chiro told him implicitly not to perform any adjustments, sent me for an MRI, and on one office visit, the new guy did just that. My legs went completely numb, and when I attempted to stand, my legs went out from under me, not once but several times , and I had to be helped to my car.....on my way home, my legs spasmed uncontrollably and I needed to stop the car....thankfully I did.....the very next morning, I was in a surgeons office and on my way to surgery.....
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