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Chiropratic treatment for back pain
abbeyln posted:
I have had 2 back surgeries due to herniated discs, arhtiris, stenosis, bone fragments that punctured my dura. This was This was 4 years ago and I am still in pain. I have done physical therapy, water therapy. I currently am looking into chiropractic treatment but would like to hear some feedback. I am a bit frightened by the adjustments and wonder if it will help. My MD states I will need rods and pins to fix my problem. Oh yeah I have severe DDD around the L5. I am at my wits end and I really don't want surgery. Any feedback is welcomed!
An_251837 responded:
Hello and welcome.

I am a strong proponent of chiropractic adjustments. I get one at least once per month, more frequently if my pain levels are elevated. My chiropractor knows my spine thoroughly as I have been seeing him for ten years now.

Several caveats regarding chiropractic care:

1. MAKE SURE you have recently seen a spine specialist such as a spinal neurosurgeon and/or spinal orthopedic surgeon for an updated diagnosis and evaluation of you conditions.

2. ALWAYS have as recent as possible MRI or CT Scan report and take both the films and the report to your first few appointments.

3. NEVER have any new treatment such as chiropracty without doing steps # 1 and 2. As wonderful as chiropractors can be, they are not MD's and should not be relied on for an accurate diagnosis of spinal conditions.

4. BE WARY of any chiropractor that emphasizes any gadgets such as spinal decompression machines, etc. My chiropractor practices "straight chiropracty". He ONLY does a thorough evaluation and adjustments at each visit.

5. BE EXTRA WARY of any chiropractor who wants payments up front or does not participate with insurance plans. Most insurance plans will allow a limited number of sessions when deemed medically necessary.

Chiropractic care is not a cure but an effective way for many people to help manage their chronic back pain. Most chiropractors focus on a well-balanced approach, focusing on both spinal adjustments, nutrition, general health and stress management. Ten years ago several top area spinal specialist told me I would be in a wheel chair soon, but the frequent chiropractic adjustments are helping me postpone that for as long as possible. I am very blessed to have found a chiropractor that has greatly help me manage my serious chronic spinal conditions.

Other will come and share bad experiences or incorrect/uniformed information about chiropractors as biases do exist. Be careful in your search for a local chiropractor and do not continue sessions if your chronic pain becomes worse.

Please keep us updated. I pray you find answers and relief soon.
davedsel replied to An_251837's response:
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bj1208 responded:
Hi Abbeyln - welcome to the support group -

to add to what Dave has said - I have hardware (plate, 4 screws and a cage) at the L5-S1 and even though I have been to several chiropractors over the last 7-8 yrs I cannot have any adjustments done as far as stretching/twisting etc as this may damage the hardware.

so be sure to check this out too before going. what they have done for me is low impact massaging to loosen up muscles. that's about all I could have done.

keep us posted~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
trs1960 responded:
I'm not crazy about chiropractic and delicate spines. That being said, not all chiro's are the same.

You need to be careful, one mistake can be irreversible. Learn all you can about your spine so you can tell if you're getting the right treatments

There's lots to read here on the top of the page. I thinki would get approval from an orthopedic before I let the chiropractor go to work..

Best of luck and you can never learn too much

bedazzled9 responded:
Hey , sorry to hear about your state. Suffering from pain is the worst thing to come across. Alhough, its great that you are considering chiropractic treatment for your problem.If you find a good doctor , you don't have to worry about the adjustments and its effects. There are so many conditions which can be treated with the help of chiropractic when nothing else works.
My friend had a relieving experience and her pain got reduced after a few adjustments, so I can say that it works. Check out some reviews here : and
You can find a lot of references online for a good chiropractor. All the best for your treatment.
trs1960 replied to bedazzled9's response:
If you read study this in detail you'll find contrary statements. I'm not interested in arguing, but please talk to your orthopedic or neurosurgeon before chiro.

I've been told to stay away or I could end up in a wheel chair. My brother in law is a hugely successful sports chiro. He works on Joe Montana, Barry Bonds etc. he won't touch me for fear of damage.

In the books I've read they state that massage therapy is better, but chiropractors have better lobbyist .

Please be careful

bj1208 replied to bbtalk's response:
Again - before using any items that "seems" to cure and/or reduce back pains be sure to check with your pain doc and/or spine specialist what they think as using some of these items from the internet may cause more severe problems based on your particular problems. Be wise and check~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
bj1208 replied to bbtalk's response:
BBTALK - your posts show you are advertising an item that you have not received approval from WEBMD and therefore will be reported as such
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~

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