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Chiropractor adjustments

I recently visited a local Chiropractor for a Cervical adjustment, he instead did some simple movements with my wrists and head and neck and said I had degenerative disc disease and wanted to do a x=ray before adjusting my vertebrae. I have wrist pain being generated from cervical area and wanted a adjustment to help ease the pain, he instead only wanted to do a x=ray instead, is he just leading me on to increase costs or can I help myself by getting back into a routine of neck stretching and strengthening exercises I might add I'm at the gym 6 days a week for about 1.5 hours each day, its part of my life style


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • ActivememberActivemember Posts: 2
    edited 04/19/2014 - 4:49 AM
    The chiropractor is getting a bigger picture of your neck . This better for your diagnosis and management .
    Just in-case there's something else that need to be treated.

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    Post Edited by Liz

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,518
    as to having a disc problem, they should stay away from chiropractors.

    When a disc is involved, yo are also talking about the spinal canal, the nerve root Chiropractors have their place, but it is not when the spinal column and nerve root is involved.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Hey Ron, My name is Lyle, I read online on a Medical page that if you have a Cervical Herniated Disc that doesn't heal to go to a Chiroprator. So I went and the chiropractor said I had a crushed nerve, this has been going on for five months. It all started with a burning pain in my neck and shoulder which I still have, after I see the chiropractor it hurts bad for about two days after, than goes back to a lower constant burning. If I pick up a cup of coffee pain shoots down through my shoulder. Do you think I might have Cervical Spondylosis and should go see a Orthopod. I'm 55 years old and have always been very active, but know I can't even cut my grass or type... Thanks Lyle
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,518
    and if you check most of the members, once you have a diagnose disc problem stay away from chiropractors.
    I dont care what they tell you or what they say, disc problems should only be handled with Orthopedic and Neurosurgeon doctors.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • I canceled my Chiropractors appointment today an took a boat ride instead. I have been putting ice on my neck every night it seems to help with the pain.
  • buffgirl23bbuffgirl23 Posts: 76
    edited 04/24/2014 - 11:35 AM
    How about going to Physical Therapy? I have herniated discs in my neck at least twice and have used traction each time. It helped tremendously! Plus they use heat, massage, ice, exercise, stretching, etc.
  • Ron, I agree with you on the no Chiro comment. They, and the DO's that do adjustments, I believe, can do more harm than good sometimes. I am struggling with having to do a 3 level ACDF. I have consulted with 2 Neurosurgeon's and PM that I have been seeing for 2 years now, and they agree it is time. I also went to see a friend who happens to be a DO and she wanted to do cervical adjustments without looking at the xRays, MRI or any of the written reports. I was scared to death more damage would be done. Thanks but no thanks to the adjustments.

    ACDF 3 Level 5/28/2014
    PLIF L4/L5/S1 4/2013
  • I would stay away from the chiropractor. It is fantastic that he did not do the adjustment. If you are having radicular pain, that is pain radiating from your spine to an extremity, chiropractic manipulation can turn a small problem into a very big one. Please visit your PCP, get an MRI and a referral to a spine specialist.
  • I have heard the same things about Chiropractors. I have also heard that a good one will first get an xray to see what is going on inside before any treatment. I have been told that you can't "adjust" a disc problem.

    I have a question. Has anyone heard of laser treatment for neck pain? It is usually administered by a Chiropractor? If so, does it work, is it covered by insurance?
    2007 TLIF L2-L3 Fusion; 2012 C4 Corpectomy, C3-5 Fusion.
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