My name is Cody. I am new here and am looking for some advice. On this past Friday (4/3) I was in the weightroom squatting and on my last rep, my back went out. Since then I have had some moderate to severe pain in my lower back. Woke up Saturday really feeling it and Sunday even worse. I noticed Saturday that I was standing incredibly crooked, which unlike the last time I had hurt my back, was new to me so I was alarmed. I do not have insurance, and I was recommended to this Chiropractor by a trusted friend.
Yesterday, or Monday evening I head into this place and all seems well, I go in for X-rays and because he is busy he sends me on my way with no adjustment like was expected but I let that go and just returned from there this morning. Now here is where it starts to get fishy. Looking at my X-ray, it looks bad. Now this guy was trying to tell me that I have arthritis and the beginning of a bone spur on one of my vertebrae, and stage 1 spinal decay (Admittedly compared to "textbook" examples I did look a little straight overall as compared to the natural curves I should have). Now, I've thrown my back out before but at 22 years old with an overweight yet athletic build, I find this arthritis thing far fetched. Worry not though, because I can be corrected in 6-8 weeks with 3 sessions a week for 4 weeks and then 2 visits a week thereafter. (See where I am going here?) I'm not quite sure if this guy is just trying to run me for some money but who am I to question him when he's the Chiropractor? I don't want to be suckered into treatment I don't need but also don't want to not go at all and let my body just get better on its own like I did the last time it went out.
What if I really do have this problem? He said you probably did something when I was younger as the problem to him looked 8-10 years in the making. OR is this guy looking at my X-ray and taking advantage of the fact that he took it when I was in the worst part of my injury all crooked like? That's what I am asking yall.
I snapped a quick pic of the X-ray so it may or may not help. I also have a card here he gave me for other doctors should I hurt myself away from home which may help any of you.
Thanks all for your advice/help!