Neck and lower back pain after trauma

by Tammy
(Palm Bay, Florida)


March 10, 2016, I was in a car accident. The second day, I have neck and lower back pain. I seek the advice of a lawyer who refers me to chiropractic service. I have spinal manipulation for the first week or so ( three times per) and then massage. Now I am at two massages and two adjustments, per week. It has been 6 weeks and though there are days (few) that I feel I am back to my old self, most days I feel the accident just happened.

I work stocking products, overnight in retail...to which I am told that as long as I am doing this type of work, that it will take longer to heal because, I am stressing the areas that are in trouble in the first place.

I am wondering, was I wrong to seek chiropractic service? and now that I do get this service, I won't be able to stop until they release me because of the law suit that is against the other party.

I had asked the practitioner why I still hurt and he said because, I had underlying problems and once I had the accident it brought them to the surface. Regardless of what was wrong before, it seems there is more wrong now.
I changed pillows thinking this would help and that didn't seem to change anything.

Any suggestions on what I can do to help relieve this dull, aching pain?

Hello Tammy,
You're in a tough place. Firstly, let me say that bad car accidents almost always leave their mark on you. It's great that you went for treatment of those fixated and injured joints immediately, so there's a much lower likelihood of immobilisation arthritis.

No, I believe, as does your lawyer that you made the right decision; but then I have a vested interest! Sometimes another opinion never did any harm.

But I'm afraid a total 'cure', back to your pre-trauma spine is probably not going to happen, no matter what treatment you have. Do you know if there has been any injury to the joints of Luschka in the neck?

How much chiropractic treatment is a controversial subject. I haven't had the opportunity to examine you, see your x-rays etc, but it seems to me you are on the verge of too much manipulation. How about asking if you can quite quickly phase the treatment out to once a week, and then alternate week, aiming for once in six weeks? Just a thought. A sports massage in between might help.

Have you been given exercises? That's vital in my book.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B



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2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

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Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

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5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

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10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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