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How do people feel about Chiropractors?

How do people feel about Chiropractors?


  • I saw one for 6 months three times a week. He told me he could help my herniated discs at C5-C7 and help put the C curve back in my neck since my cervical spine is completely straight. He is well knows in my area and did all sorts of X-Rays before he started the manipulations .Lets just say i am now waiting to have my C5-C7 fused because more damage was done. I can not blame the Chiropractor but everything did get worse after seeing him. The thing about my Chiropractor was he did not look at my MRI films, he only read the report. The spine surgeon that is doing my surgery told me if he would have looked at the slides he would have not of touched me.
    I guess for me I can only take it as a learning experience but please do your research.

  • I've said this a lot. When my back first got bad I was talked into going to a chiropractor. She did X-rays & told me to go to a specialist. She told me to NEVER allow adjustments on my back. Every specialist/surgeon etc has said the same. With structural damage you shouldn't have adjustments.
    I know people with structural damage who have gone from the chiropractors office too the hospital for emergency surgery.

    I actually think in certain cases chiropractors are great. Just not with structural spine damage. They are not spine specialists. It's the adjustments that are the issue. If they're doing massage etc it's fine by most specialists. My surgeon jokes "They find it hard to resist doing adjustments! Just stay away!".

    Despite that 'rule' I've ended-up having adjustments on my very damaged spine at times & it's always been much, much worse. (yes! I'm the sort of person who can get adjustments without knowing what's happening & I used to be too polite to scream STOP!!).
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • My Orthopaedic consultant told me that he has to operate on far too many patients who would have only needed conservative treatment if they hadn't had their spines badly damaged by chiropractors. Anyone who manipulates your spine without having viewed diagnostic imaging and associated radiography reports should get back on their horse and ride off.
    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • DanielCDanielC Posts: 155
    edited 04/18/2015 - 9:15 PM
    I couldn't agree more with every single post here!! I would have a couple of things to say about these specimens but I would probably get banned here.

    I also have bad experience with them. Looking back now that I am wiser about my back I can't help be amazed at how stupid I was to step foot into their practice. Not one but 3 of them as I was feeling they weren't doing the job properly.

    None of them wanted to see my MRI saying there's no need for that. They all found problems with my hip, legs, feet. xxxxx eg I've a shorter leg or thay my hips are not aligned properly. All this to squeeze a few quid out of my pocket each time.
  • I must have got lucky, and I truly needed to! I had been in a car wreck, had an HMO back when they were a nightmare, back pain was taking my breath away although my doc just did X-ray and sent me back to work! So I went to a chiropractor a friend recommended. HE did his own X-rays, called my doc demanding she call me in pain pills for slipped disc and bone chip in my neck that even I could see on his film. He sent me to the pharmacy and home with instructions to stay on the couch idle a week to prevent rupture. He also told me later, a chiropractor should never try to adjust anyone with a ruptured disc, as it could even cause paralysis. I didn't see him long, but he was a help during a desperate time. Family members warned against it via phone due to bad results, so I guess he was the exception. Or maybe some are good, like docs. But which ones? Scary question. I'm getting desperate again is why I came to this discussion. Losing mobility to arthritis. What he did for me worked awhile, while I went regular. In all honesty, if in my budget I think regular massages would work as well with less risk. For me anyway.
  • My surgeon isn't a huge fan of them but she allowed me to go with the agreement of no adjustments in my Cspine because of my fusions. My chiropractor does adjustments on my middle and lower back and I think they are wonderful. My chiropractor is very conservative and he won't touch my neck. My surgeon has actually grown to like him but she doesn't like others. He has seen my XRays and MRIs and he has me go every 1-2 weeks because he said going more often then that can override your system. I personally am pro chiropractor but I may just be lucky that I found a really good one.
  • As I said, I was incredibly lucky that I first went to a chiropractor who was really good & knowledgable. She could of taken a lot of money from me. I was new to America & completely naive about the medical system. It takes a true professional to refuse to take your money & treat you, instead she sent me to the correct specialist with 'free' X-rays.
    The only place I know of to have massage covered by insurance is a chiropractors office (not in my area unfortunately). I believe they have their place in the medical industry. Unfortunately many of them believe a little too much in what they do. They present themselves as specialists & for people with structural spine damage that can be very, very dangerous.
    I do have experience of a variety of chiropractors because in my area they are the only people with traction machine, decompression equipment etc. I became a little bitter because they ALL insisted that I had appointments 3x a week ($35 then $50 copay each time!) for months (basically doing nothing) before I was prepared to receive the treatments I was there for.

    I've had very, very bad experiences with 'Adjustments". I was pregnant when swine flu first hit the press. Texas didn't have enough vaccinations. I finally found a family doctor (DO) who had some. He saw how I walked & we discussed my spine. He told me my hips weren't aligned & that was contributing a lot to my pain. Before I knew what was happening he was performing an adjustment.
    By the time I got out of the elevator I was white as a sheet, drowning in sweat & incredibly dizzy. By the time I managed to get outside I collapsed down the wall. 8 months pregnant, vomiting & terrified, I couldn't move! I was in so much pain I couldn't think straight. I eventually got to my car & managed to drive to my doctors office where I crashed the car into the front of the building! I'd worked insanely hard to prepare my body for pregnancy with chronic pain. I treated myself like an incubator when I was pregnant. It was such hard work to manage my pain without medications. As a result of my 'Adjustment' I spent the rest of my pregnancy in blinding pain. I ran the risk of loosing my baby. My vitals were through the roof & I was seriously endangering myself & my baby. I had to take medications. Fortunately my daughter was born full term (to the day. Just!) & perfectly healthy.
    All I know is there was no possibility I could of experienced that if I hadn't allowed an adjustment. I have no doubt that there are good chiropractors who will NEVER adjust a structurally damaged spine. I would just hate for a spiney to go to a chiropractor & end-up in the ER for emergency surgery. It happens.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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