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Lower Back Injury (Fishy Chiropractor?)

Fausto77FFausto77 Posts: 1
edited 04/07/2015 - 6:07 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all,

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!


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  • When all of this back stuff started for me I went to a chiropractor. She took an X-ray. The bottom of my spine looked like a disaster! Glowing white & bigger than the rest of my spine. Does yours look like that? She said arthritis, see a spine specialist & wouldn't touch me.
    I've since seen many, many specialists & they've all said the same thing... If you have structural damage in your spine you should NEVER have chiropractic adjustments! I know of people who have gone from the chiropractors office straight to the ER for emergency surgery. Please be careful.

    I was a very young teenager when I was first diagnosed with osteoarthritis. It's not always wear & tear. It's something that runs in my family.

    Really the best way to find out what's going on in your back is an MRI. I know that's going to be expensive without insurance in America ;-(
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I have been using a upper cervical chiro for six months. The man has changed my life and been able to keep me off the surgery table. Him and his style of chiropractic method came to me recommended by my surgeon. Not all chiros are the same. I have seen several that made me worse. Wouldn't hurt to search for one in your area and see what he has to say
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