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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Lower Back Pain
can anyone give me advice on if i should look into a chiropractor. ive got two bad disks with tears and bulges that are indenting the thecal sac. i also have ddd and retrolisthesis, with muscle spasming. im just looking at all of my options and am wondering if a chiropractor has helped at all. also if anyone could tell me what nerve blocks and steriod injections entail and if they helped anyone i would be very appreciative. thank you


  • Hi kristabell,

    I have to agree with von d. I also have 2 bad discs with tears. Minimal bulge, no indent on the thecal sac. I've tried 5+ chiropractors in the past 16 years. None could provide any relief.

    They can realign the vertebrae and relieve some pressure around the discs, but that's not our problem. They can't fix the tears or reduce the bulging of the discs. The best they can do is help strengthen the core muscles. The idea being that the core muscles would take some of the load off of your spine. However, this works better for people with minor spine issues.

    About injections, I've gotten permanent relief when they were treating the inflammation at one facet joint. I've gotten 2 weeks of temporary relief when they were treating the lumbar area. Might be worth a try but, again, your spine is serious.

    about nerve blocks, not sure what options we have for the lumbar section. I want the tears removed if they're causing the pain. So I'm planning on having the discs removed. fusion. . .

    Hope you find some relief. A surgeon might recommend physical therapy or chiropractics at least, just as a good faith effort, to demonstrate prudence. That they've tried all the conservative treatments before attempting surgery.
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  • I had 3 discs with tear and it took them 2 years to find them. If your discs have annular tears the disc fluid is highly irritating to nerves. You need to have a Dr look at you and see what you need done. I would think that a Chiro wouldnt even touch you. When I had my episode that started the whole thing. He reffered me to Neurologist right away. Good Luck
  • ya ive been to an orthopedist and he keeps telling me im not bad off, but im in so much pain all the time and ive got radiculopothies in both legs. im frustrated because he says nothing has changed (but my newest mri showed that i have gotten worse...the vertebra are now slipping over one another and its also trying to straighten when it should be curved and the bulges have gotten bigger) so hes not offering surgery and is just gonna send me to a pain clinic...ive done physical therapy and was no help what so ever it even made it worse. i dont want to mask the pain i want to be fixed i just dont know what to do anymore. i was trying to figure out all my options so thank you for the feedback. i think im going to try a neurosurgeon as well. i cant keep living the way i am living. this has affected every part of my life and im tired of it. in my opinion if you see that the discs are bad they need to be fixed, not wait until it gets worse and i cant walk to do something about it. i have significant nerve issues in my legs and feet with lower back pain that never lets up. i need help but cant seem to find it and it is VERY VERY frustrating.
  • If you cant see a nuero, go to another ortho and take your xrays and everything with you. It can save you lots of hassles. I know how you are feeling. I went through it for 2 years and was beginning to think I had head problems. Then I went to a spine clinic in Minneapolis and they finally were able to find the tears. How something so small can hurt so bad is crazy. I too just wanted my life back. i have a new grandaughter and wanted to be able to enjoy her. Good Luck and if I can help in any way PM me. I will be here for you. I hate to see anyone suffer as much as i did if I can help it. Hugs and keep smiling, makes people wonder what you are up too!
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  • hi Kristabell, while I am a big fan of chiropractic treatment for myself, I would agree with the others that in your case you have gone past the need for a chiro, and must now look into pain management, plus other possible treatments.
    Chiro is very good for realigning the spine, freeing up joints, and getting some movement back into a stiff spine.
    I go for a 'tuneup' every 3 months, plus as often as I need when my pelvic joints get stuck.
    I have steroid injections to my cervical facet joints.
    It is a bit uncomfortable while it is being done, but a few painkillers help.
    If your problem is inflammation, then this may help.
    If it is more nerve problems, you may need an epidural which treats the spinal cord, not just individual facets.
    You need to get to a pain specialist.
    My injections last 6-8 weeks. There is no miracle result, just a lessening of the pain, better sleep, and a faster recovery when I overdo it.
    I often ask myself if it is working, but when it has worn off, as it has now, I know for certain that it is much better with the injections.
    I find it very hard to recover from a flareup now, whereas when the injection is working I'll bounce back in half a day.
    So while the change may be subtle, it is a definite improvement while it lasts.
  • in short, I say NO,I went once after I heniated two lower Discs,the feeling I got when I walked in was it felt Like a big sell job, I had one ajustment on my back, it was so tramatic the cracking of my neck and back, I hated it, that was the last time,they kept on calling me--I never returned the calls-- maybe if you had no problems it may ok ,but someone with issues you need a spine specalist---
  • I've had two lower spinal surgeries and am thinking of having a third one with a fusion of L4 & L5 and replacement of L3 disc as S1&L5 are fused together naturally. I've had a lot of back pain and also neck pain on my left hand side all the way down to my leg, feeling numb, headaches getting moody, loss of concentration and tired. I found this Spinal Care Chiropractor. They took X-rays first to see what's going on and they could relieve my neck pain, but would not touch my lower back. I had treatments twice a week for a month and now I'm being adjusted once a week. Every time I get adjusted it feels great. It has helped me, even though I was afraid of Chiropractic before. Walking is the best thing 20 mins. at least every day and specific back exercises.
    Yesterday I had my first Joint Aspiration injection and CT guided nerve block injection on L4&L5. Had 5 injections all up and it made my left leg numb. It still feels tender, so I can't say too much yet if it has helped me.
    Have you ever tried Acupuncture? It always gave me a relief for a bout a year, but then again that was nerve and muscle related, so it might not help you. But try anything before you go to surgery!
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