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Chiropractor after Lumbar Fusion???



  • Cali Sue:

    I had my TLIF back surgery about a year ago, but I remember having neck pain. My doctor told me that patients often have residual pain and it will get better. He strongly advised against going to a chiropractor. Also, if your PT is causing pain maybe you should not be doing it. The technician I had for PT said if it caused me pain I shouldn't do it. I found that stretching my neck helped a little bit. I hope you feel better.

  • I have been going to my chiro for years, and continued to do so after my first fusion. To get exactly what you want done, my upper back and neck. I get pinched nerves in my neck (from the same accident that ruined my back), and it helps alot. He has always been careful not to touch my lower back. And these adjustments have never caused any strain or pain in my lower back at all. If you feel comfortable with your chiro and he/she knows of your lower back, then I don't see a reason to hesitate.
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  • Shay, I so understand, I too am dearly missing my Ibuprofen. My surgeon says I can take it starting Nov. 5, exactly 3 months post-op. I know others have said none for a year even and I am not fusing between the vertebrae yet, so kinda afraid to start taking it even on Nov. 5. I am kinda counting on being able to use it on work days when I go back, cause can't have a nurse on narcotics now can we 8}?

    Just wait til you get to wean your brace! That moment we so look forward to, and guess what? It isn't easy. I have more aches and pains since brace weaning and I am sure it is related. This upper back/low neck thing definitely coincided with brace weaning. All those weak muscles I guess. And PT, that is bringing on some new pain as well. Oh I sure can't wait to have all of this business behind me, then I will have a party <:P <:P <:P Take care, Sue
  • Physio? I had never heard of a physio until I came to this site and I have been an RN for 20 years. I guess they don't admit patients to the hospital or I would have met a few through the years. Interestingly my new PT place is connected to an office with 3 physios. I am gonna have to ask some questions and check it out. I think they are in to pain management as I keep seeing people bring in their bags of meds and leave with meds. There is a note on the wall about what hours they dispense meds. Now would one get a referral to a physio or is it something you do seperate and pay out of pocket like a chiro? Anyone know? >:D< Sue
  • Thanks for all the replies. I am trying to hold off a little until I get to talk to my PT. I want to see if they have anything to offer to help or what they know about the physios that are in the same building. I might move up my massage appointment if I can, to see if that'll get me by. For now ice and heat are my bedbuddies. :D >:D< :* Sue
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  • Cali-Sue if your muscles are tight then ditch the ice. Heat is the best option as it relaxes the muscles where as ice can send them into spasm.
    Ice is great if there is inflamation you want reduced.
    When I was in the rehab hospital I was having a LOT of pain in my upper back muscles as I was adjusting to standing straight and not leaning to the side with the scoliosis.
    The physio (PT) ordered me these wonderful heat packs to use every hour and she gave me a gentle massage each day.
    As I didn't have a brace it is probably what you are going through now.

    Blessings Sara O:)
  • Thanks Sara, I am putting heat on my upper back and ice on my lower back for my SI joint flareup that was brought on by my PT. Boy that sounds funny, but it is helping :))( You should see me now, I have a ricebag on my legs, gel ice pack on my lowback, heating pad to upper back, neck pillow around my neck (what a site =))) . I wish my PT would give me a massage! I do get ice and heat to the lumbar, but mostly I am getting a work out ;) >:D< Sue
  • Hi Cali-Sue,

    In UK we call PT = Physio (therapy)

    We can access Chiropracter (?sp) Oesteopath and Physio all privately - self refer or by our family doctors.
    We can have approx 6 sessions on our NHS of Physio and some areas do fund Oesteopath, but not everywhere and can only have a few sessions.

    It is my physio who does gentle mobilisation techniques (nothing as harsh as the clunk clicking that chiro's do) but more "hands on" than run of the mill physios.
    Physios will specialise....so mine is an ergonomic back specialist. She always starts me with a soft tissue massage to loosen up my rock hard back muscles them I "exercise" then we finish on the Ultrasound.
    Ask yours about it - try it and see. Its Gorgeous.
  • I have been to my chiro once since I had surgery, for him to work my upper back and neck. I have migraines, and the adjustments to my neck do help to alleviate them. I know most people don't believe in chiropracters but I can attest to their effectiveness. Good luck to all in their journey to recovery.
  • So I thought I would write an update. Yesterday I got my massage and then I went to my chiro and got my upper back adjusted. I do feel a little better. He said he does post back surgery patients all the time and just made a note in my chart not to adjust the lumbar. He mainly uses an activator and occassional manual, but not a twister at all.
    My SI joints are still burning and my pt checked my sacral alignment and felt it was fine. She said my piriformis is tight and gave me stretches for that. My massage therapist worked on this area as well, and today it actually feels worse, so who knows. I guess I will just give it some time. Still trying to decide on return to work date. So afraid of screwing up my back as I have to return to full duty 12 hour shifts. Thanks for all the input, wish me luck, Sue
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