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Pain from Chiropractor -Really need advice

NorthwindroseNNorthwindrose Posts: 1
edited 08/13/2015 - 2:09 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
A few months ago my mom started going back to the chiropractor. I've had pain in my upper back, shoulders, and knees for years and years and nothing I did would help so I thought I should try going to the chiropractor with her since its helped her a lot. The pain is mostly in between my shoulder blades and under them as well as my shoulder joints. I wake up every morning with stiffness in my shoulders. When I stretch or even just move they pop and crack. I can just inhale and my upper back pops. Its hard to lay down for long periods of time and its also hard to stand for long periods of time because of my knees. His initial examination showed that my shoulders and hips are uneven and I put more weight on my right leg than my left leg, nearly a 30 lbs difference. He tested that twice because he thought the scales were wrong but they weren't. X-rays showed that my neck shows signs of extreme whiplash (I've never had anything happen to my neck to cause it) and its almost perfectly straight as well as a "slight" S curve scoliosis (I don't know the degree as he didn't say and I only saw the x-rays once). Its all very noticeable in the x-rays as well as the unevenness of my shoulders and hips. When I started treatment I was on 3 days a week for about 2 weeks. Then I went down to 2 days and now I'm at once a week. I've been going for about 3 months now and I'm not seeing any improvement. I'm in more pain than I was before at times. The machines he puts me on before adjusting are painful to be on (they always tell me that patients LOVE them) and adjustments are even painful. I try telling him this and he either puts me on a new painful treatment or tells me it just takes longer for some people. I just really need advice on what to do because I'm at a loss. The more I research about my condition the more I learn that chiropractors can't do much. So should I stop seeing him and switch to a doctor who knows more about my condition?

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  • my opinion... I used to go to the chiropractor years ago, I also did massages till one day, they hit a trigger point or something and I could open my mouth for a week. I think chiropractors are good if you have a healthy body/back/neck, but if there are any issues, a doctor would be better.
  • Chiropractors can be great, if your condition is one which they can successfully treat. But they can't treat *all* conditions of the spine. You need to get in to see an Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon. Don't let the "surgeon" part of the word scare you off; they are experts at diagnosing problems of the brain and spine, as well as offering treatment options appropriate for your condition.

    There are many problems of the spine that can be exacerbated by manipulation. It sounds like you may have one of them. Get to a doc!
    L3-4 - L5-S1 Lumbar fusion (3 levels)
    L3, 4, 5 Laminectomies
    L3 - S1 bilateral partial facet resections with grade 1 osteotomies
    L2 left hemilaminectomy
    L2-L3 left foraminotomy
    L3 -S1 posterior instrumentation (looks really cool in the avatar xray)
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