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Chiropractor says subluxation - Update

Shawn1988SShawn1988 Posts: 2
edited 07/02/2015 - 4:04 AM in Lower Back Pain
Okay so here's the scoop:

I was at the gym roughly 3-4 weeks ago and did some squats. The next day I began feeling some pain in my lower back, specifically on the left side. It wasn't too bad at first. I applied some heat for a few days and the pain went away pretty quickly. Last Tuesday, I woke up and could barely move. I don't know how I re-aggravated the injury. My lower left back was extremely stiff and it was nearly impossible to get out of bed and walk. After being up for 10-20 min, it was okay enough to walk around but still painful. Up until yesterday, it was difficult to even stand up or sit down without feeling a sharp pain. I tried to get a massage but that didn't help either. Also, I can feel the pain radiate down my leg (not past the knee). I went to see a chiropractor and he performed an xray and said I have a subluxation of the L4 vertebrae which is causing the muscle tightness and pushing on the nerves.

Does anyone have any tips on quick relief? Today was much harder to get out of bed. Sitting and standing and walking are becoming easier but getting in/out of my car and out of bed are the hardest things I've had to do. The pain is only on the left side and I can feel some knots in the muscle when I massage it. I tried to sleep on top of a pillow but I feel like that made it worse. Any tips you can share or experiences would be great. Thanks!

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  • And difficulty getting up and moving around, then it would be best to see your doctor, not a chiropractor. Allowing any manipulation of the spine, with signs of pain shooting down your leg and no firm diagnosis, can lead to big troubles later on. "Subluxation" is a term often used by chiropractors as a "diagnosis".
    Xrays, even if they are taken only check alignment in general, and rule in or out fractures but tell nothing about the soft tissues of the spine, or nerves.

  • Please see your GP & get some proper diagnostics. An MRI is the best place to start in my experience. When all of this started for me nearly a decade ago I did the same things as you. Luckily I went to a great chiropractor. She took X-rays, showed me where it glowed white at the bottom of my spine & REFUSED to touch me!! Best advice ever from a chiropractor when it comes to structural damage in our spines. So many chiropractors don't admit where their 'expertise' can be very dangerous! I've seen many specialists & surgeons & they ALL tell me never to allow a chiropractor to do an adjustment on me. Patients can go from the chiropractors office straight to the ER for emergency surgery! PLEASE find the correct treatment now you know that the X-ray showed 'something' not right.

    There's no quick fix. Until you get proper treatment I find that hot Epsom salt baths, massaging aromatherapy oils or OTC creams can help a little to get me moving. I drive with my hot water bottle & that can make getting out of the car a little easier for me. I've found that magnesium suppliments help nerve pain (well, not taking them makes it a bit worse) & I live on an arthritis diet but I have inflammation problems. You really need a specialist & real diagnostics so you know what you're dealing with.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Prior to my first surgery, he had a new business partner, whom 2as told not to do any adjustments on my spine, just stretches ,heat and massage....we'll he went ahead and did one anyway. My legs went completely numb and buckled underneath me, repeatedly and I had to helped to my car. The next morning I was in a spine surgeons office, and within 10 days, in surgery.
    While I like chiro for muscle issues, when it comes to my spine, I will not ever allow another to touch my spine again without ensuring that all imaging has been done and there are no herniations, or nerve compression first.

  • The spine region itself doesn't hurt that much anymore, now I feel more muscular pain, specifically after sitting and especially after laying down/waking up. When I stand up, I have to press in on my muscles on my left back in order to straighten myself out and walk properly. I've tried icing and heat, as well as a cooling gel to try and relieve some of the pain. Any thoughts?
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 07/02/2015 - 9:07 AM
    As I said before, without an MRI (maybe more diagnostics) it's impossible to diagnose you. For muscle knots I'm a big fan of hot Epsom salt (magnesium) baths for loosening things up. I can release some knots by massaging hard with aromatherapy blend oils. I had a 'consultation' with an aromatherapy rep. Got advise on the best things to try...then I reordered through the Internet where I could find the same blends cheaper.

    I'm also prescribed muscle relaxants, Baclofen. I took Tizanidine for years. Both work for me. My husband occasionally has Piriformus muscle flares & his doc prescribes Tizanidine & anti-inflamatories for night. Once you know what you're dealing with physical therapy could be a good idea but I find it far more effective when they know exactly what's happening in your back.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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