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Conflicting Chiropractic Recommendations - Independent Opinion Needed

craigmccraigm Posts: 1
edited 08/06/2015 - 7:14 AM in Lower Back Pain
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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  • caroline2caroline2 Posts: 92
    edited 08/06/2015 - 10:08 AM
    life, never treatment plans....go when I want to....I'm medicare now for the last 10+ yrs but prior years chriorpactor[/u] was always affordable for me. I would even do [u]chiropractor work on trips, vacations and business over my life. I worked out for over 30 yrs of my life and can only say be more gentle with your body...don't push it but do move it. Take care.

    I've done massage, acupuncture. PT you name it, the longer one lives the more one does, right? My back is a mess but I manage at 77 and no back surgery for me.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    As stated above, I'm not medical professional, but if you are asking for medical professional advice, I think good idea for you to see and talk with your doctor.
    Have you seen your doctor? Or a spine specialist re you symptoms?

    You mentioned you had X-rays, but there are other tests which can be used to try to find source or cause of your pain.
    Among MRI and other testing, I had EMG nerve conduction test.
    That was very revealing to doctor, and of course , to me.

    It was my pain management doctor who did the majority of my testing.
    My primary tried to work with my pain for couple years before referring me to PM.
    That was best thing for me.

    I wish you the best in caring for yourself and finding the necessary tests and treatments!
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    medical professional on this forum side of the site. Everyone responds based on their personal experiences.

    You will get mixed reviews when it comes to if you should be seeing a chiropractor or a spinal specialist.

    Chiropractors are well skilled in the muscular skeleton parts of our bodies. They understand the various techniques and adjustments that can be very beneficial. One of the down sides I always here, is that the number of required repeat sessions seems to be endless and can become costly.

    On the other hand, chiropractors are not properly educated or medically qualified to work on the (a) Spinal system , (b) Spinal cord, (c) Nervous system as well as conditions such as spinal stenosis, nerve/disc impingement (sciatica), disc herniation. Those conditions are best treated by properly trained professionals such as Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Spinal specialist, etc

    You will also probably read on these forums, comments from members (including myself) that once you have been identified with a spinal system problem (any of the above) or have had spinal surgery, you do not want to be treated by a chiropractor. They can potentially cause more harm then good.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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