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Degeneration Questions

Hey, Im an 18 y/o girl. I had a disectomy last year on my L4 L5/S1 and everything was going as well as can be expected. I got my life back and was able to emigrate..I moved to Australia from Ireland in Decemeber Last. In the past 6 weeks my symptoms have been coming on thick and strong and my chiropractor just wasnt giving me any relief so I decided to try a new one where I was given xrays and scans etc. The results came back today and I was just wanting some opinions from other sufferers. I have always been told it was just my lower back that was bad but my now my whole back is degenerating its all at stage two heading towards stage three( which means fuzing which I want to avoid) where the spine is supposed to be straight mine twists left right then left again...
The chiro has offered me a treatment plan for the next 10 months with a series of continous adjustments to allow the spine to come back to a better allignment.
just wondering what are peoples opinions? I'm only 18 I just want to be able to go and play some sports not spend my life in the chiropractor..


  • I would not go ahead with a chiropractor treatment plan until you have consulted with a board certified spine surgeon, who has reviewed the MRI and any other studies you have had done. Since you had a microdiscectomy in the past, allowing a chiropractor to adjust or "align" your spine can cause you more problems .
  • I know that spine conditions can be very worrying & confusing. Please listen to Sandi, no matter how they present themselves chiropractors are not spine experts. They don't have the education necessary. They can cause a lot of damage & pain 'adjusting' your back. Please go back to your doctor & get the necessary referrals. Most of the time a board certified spine surgeon will not necessarily operate on your back...I know confusing! They will make sure that you get to see the correct specialists for your condition & advise the best course of action.

    I know that there are several Australian members here. I hope they can offer some advise.

    Best wishes. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I am a 40 year old bloke in West OZ and 3 weeks post Discectomy, Laminectomy and I had a posterior stabilization device fitted, to prevent/slow further degeneration of my lumbar discs. As already stated a Chiro is no person to be meddling with your spine, especially if you have DDD! You need to speak with your GP and get a referral to a neurosurgeon to discuss ooptions. There will be some cost involved but medicare will cover some to the cost and make sure you have Private Health Cover.
  • specialksmamasspecialksmama Posts: 14
    edited 06/18/2014 - 3:38 AM
    I have spent the last few years having the shots in my back and all of the therapy you can imagine!! I have been on pain meds that don't help a bit. I found out the end of last year that my spine is twisting from between my shoulder blades to my L2. I would not recommend a chiropractor bcuz they are only going to hurt you worse. I've tried the internal stumulator and I was so miserable. That only made it worse. The pain meds don't help. Almost 2 yrs ago I had to have a cancer spot taken off my left kidney successfully. No more cancer thank God!! My dr at the pain clinic is recommending a permanent internal morphine pump. I really don't want to have to do that but at this point it's my only hope for controlling my pain. I'm a 52 year young (lol) female. Just thought my input might help.
  • I am going to side with what everyone opinion that a chiropractor may do you more harm then good. I also wonder when a chiropractor, doctor or other medical services like labs start selling there services as if you are buying a used car if is the person really cares about me or my money. Why would anyone have you sign up for 10 months if maybe a few treatments would work? Most chiropractors sell the adjustments they do as something that needs to be maintained by visiting on weekly basis. As long as you are willing to pay the more they will tell you need the services. I am not stating that every chiropractor is bad and sees you as walking dollar sign every time you visit but there are plenty of them around. I have a friend who's son is a chiropractor he will not even think about doing adjustments on someone who had spine surgery. Instead they do more in the way of using message ultrasound natural herbs nutrition hydro-therapy and since they have a MD on staff prescribed pain medication if needed. I would think that a good chiropractor would insist that you at least see a spine specialist to make sure nothing new was going on. Many people go to chiropractor because the costs is much less then seeing a MD however the cost you may save by going to one will end up being compared to pennies if some part of a bone spur breaks off and ends up pressing on one of your nerve roots. AS far as your spine twisting if that is non medical term for scoliosis that is very common for female teenagers to develop to some degree during rapid growth spurts that many teenagers have. What is important about scoliosis is not that you have it but how bad is it. If that is what the problem is then you should be followed by a spine specialist MD. The other question is who read your xrays and MRI? Was it the chiropractor or MD radiologist. If you do have any issues like scoliosis I would think you surgeon or past scans that you had just before your surgery would have mention it your past scan results. I know you to get out there live your life but don't rush into anything that could make the problem a lot worse.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,837
    edited 06/24/2014 - 7:31 PM
    disc related problems, I would strongly suggest staying away from chiropractors.

    That is not their area of expertise. While they may be a few chiropractors that are trained in the overall spinal cord, they still are not the ones to see. When it comes to the spinal cord, only trained medical doctors should be considered.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I agree with others that you should steer clear of chiropractors and ask your GP for a referral to a pain specialist, neurosurgeon who specialises in the spine or an orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in the spine.
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