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Sore vertabrae after chiropractor

Ordep81OOrdep81 Posts: 5
edited 11/24/2015 - 8:15 PM in Lower Back Pain
About 6 weeks ago i woke up with a stiff neck and agravated an older injury in the process a pulled rhomboid. Decided to go see chiropractor since the nerve pain in neck and upper back kept me from working out and any heavy physical activities. Ive also had sciatic pain in the past in which previous chiro would resolve.

My friend suggested i go see his chiro since it was close to us and they took walk in patients. So i tell the Dr my issues and he does a manual adjustments on my neck and upper back. Then he starts to adjust my lower back by feeling on a couple of vertabrae . He tried to manually adjust them and i feel slight pain and Dr mentions he is not able to adjust it, then proceeds to have me move onto a drop down table. He tries a couple of times with no success, then has me lift my feet up by bending my knees at a 90degree angle, in which he mentioned he was finally able to adjust it.

Once i got home my lower back started to feel more sore so i figured it was just my muscles getting used to the adjustment. Next day while at my desk for maybe 10 minutes or so i was becoming painful to sit and feeling the vertabrae that had been adjusted was very sore to the touch. Only by laying down flat on my back would i be comfortable. I could not sit down for more than 10-20 minutes at a time without being in pain. Even standing for short amount of time would be painful. After a couple weeks i went a seen another chiropracter who adjusted me with a hand held clicker type adjuster. I did not mention i had been adjusted by another chiro previously since i thought they would then refuse to see me. Dr did not mention anything out of the ordinary.

Over the next few weeks ive been able to sit longer and pain had subsided for the most part but the vertabrae is still tender to the touch. I decided to go do a light workout for the first time and see how i felt. Well i got about 20 minutes of light weight activity and started to get sore so called it a day. Once i got home and showered pain came on. Pain makes it difficult to move and get up from couch or bed. Ive tried heat pad and icy hot almost daily for last month to no avail. Could the 1st chiropractor caused some damage? Ive never had this much back pain ever, im 34 years old 6'2", athletic 200lbs, i work from home, so most work recently has been lying down on a laptop. After a month of pain what could possibly be injured and what can i do to possibly correct it? I do not have health insurance so do know my options. Please any insight?


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  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 496
    I too have tried about a half dozen chiropractors over the past 25 years.....finally found one I liked best, and was the best for me, and stuck with him. With my first small episodes with sciatica, which was mainly in my right buttock, from heavy lifting, or reaching too far, he could give me some relief. Though I couldn't tolerate the adjustment where you lay on side and he brings one knee up and pushes down on hip (or something like that, been quite awhile). It would make me worse, and I'd feel bruised for days. So, just didn't have him do that one anymore. Though I've read that treatment can help relieve some pain in people with spondylolisthesis, but not for me.

    So, after years and years of over working my body in ways I shouldn't have, bulging disc, then herniated disc, and spondylolisthesis set up camp in my spine in protest of all my self inflicted conquests; plus the childhood mishaps I had, I'm sure didn't help any. Granted, I know someone that didn't work physically as hard as I had, and still had the disc and spondylolisthesis problem, so I may have ended up with spine problems eventually anyways, since the disc they removed had a lot of arthritis in it.

    I have had other chiropractors adjust me in a way that put a rib out of place, and I'd have my Dr put it back in. There was just some things one did better than others, so I stayed with him.

    Not having insurance does make it costly. I was/am very fortunate in that respect to have coverage. I would be checking all possible ways of getting yourself affordable medical insurance.

  • Im not sure if the Dr felt i had a bulging disc or what, but he pressed down on vertebrae for what i assume to put it back in place. I never had severe pain to which i would imagine an out of place disc would be the cause of. Im currently in more pain than i have ever been in. Can my issue be resolved?
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