I'm a 32 year old male and recently moved across the country. I was having chronic back pain for about a year and in the few weeks prior to moving, I saw a chiropractor through my HMO health care provider. Following a series of xrays, he diagnosed me with a relatively mild (Grade 1) spondylolisthesis in my lower back. I had only 2 treatments where he performed a side posture adjustment on both sides, and my pain was immediately relieved after each treatment.
I informed my chiropractor that I was moving, and he gave me the following advice:
1) Find a chiropractor in my new city but let pain be my guide as to when to seek treatment. Do not fall for "treatment plans" and only go in for an adjustment if I'm in pain.
2) Get back in they gym (I've been lazy the past few years). Stretch and strengthen the surrounding muscle groups and regain my previously good fitness level.
After moving, it took me about 2 months before my back started acting up again. I went into a new chiropractor and had the same diagnosis after xrays. I was specifically told that I needed about 6-12 treatments (likely 6 given my age), a couple times a week to address the issue immediately, then there would be an ongoing maintenance program whereby I would come in every 2-6 weeks indefinitely, depending on my state. This completely contradicted my first chiropractor's advice. When I questioned him, he got defensive and said "In his many years of experience blah blah blah". Not much constructive feedback, and there is a conflict of interest given the money I'm paying him.
Anyway, I had no other convenient option near my office so I signed up for a series of treatments, and I've been hitting the gym 4-5 times a week to strengthen and stretch. After my 4th treatment, I was feeling 98% better. Against my better judgement, I had a 5th treatment, which put me in more pain than I was previously in (now 3 days later). I've cancelled my future appointments while I re-evaluate my situation.
Can someone (hopefully a medical professional) please provide some insight as to whether these regularly ongoing treatments are necessary if I'm not in pain? I have two conflicting opinions here and would like a truly independent advice if possible.
Thanks a lot!
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