Sexual advances chiropractor

Tietze's syndrome treatment by a chiropractor.Tietze's syndrome treatment

Sexual advances chiropractor are rare events, but they do happen and should definitely be reported.

This page was last reviewed by Dr Barrie Lewis on 13th July, 2019.

Sobering and thought provoking events occur on a daily basis in our consulting rooms. This particular one I know is also played out at the medical clinic too.

You have pain in the groin or perhaps adjacent to the breastbone and are anxious as you know the doctor must examine you in sensitive areas; you have not consulted this particular DC before. The wise thing is to take a companion with you, be it your spouse, best friend or even a child.

This week we had a new patient in her sixties, with a very long history of neck pain, culminating in a fusion five years ago that was not a success. But failed cervical surgery is not the subject of this blog; it's about the intimate environment in which doctors and folk like you find themselves every day.

At 23 years of age, she consulted a DC who apart from treating her, fumbled with her breasts and made certain untoward advances. For forty years she was put off our profession and went the medical route.

Of course, we have no idea if she would have been better off if she had enjoyed life long chiropractic help.

Tietzes syndrome

So, what's my point? The chiropractic coalface is frequented by many beautiful people, mental and spiritual as well as physical. It's never a bad idea to take a partner, friend, parent or child along with you to visit your DC until you have confidence in him or her.

Many of these procedures, for example treating a Tietze's syndrome, when your chiropractor will be contacting the attachment of your rib to the sternum, immediately adjacent to the breast, involve approaching a delicate part.

Likewise with one of the many upper thigh and groin conditions, like hip dysplasia and meralgia paresthetica, your chiropractor will need to encroach close to sensitive areas. If you are the slightest bit anxious, take a friend.

This is of course just as true in the medical world.

I feel sad for the lady in question. She has suffered forty years of pain, perhaps needlessly, because of one person's gross overstepping of the norms of society. Don't let it happen to you. Report sexual abuse to the professional chiropractic society.

What's interesting is that the woman concerned, older than I, flirts mercilessly with me, knowing I'm happily married. Was she coquettish all those years ago, inviting an advance? We'll never know.

What certainly is equally true is that many a professional, chiropractic and medical, has fallen prey to the charms of a patient who, attracted by the doctor, or their income perhaps, has invaded his or her territory.

Don't let sexual advances by a chiropractor happen to you; go prepared for your treatment.

In short, both the doctor and his patient need to be alert; and nothing beats taking another person along with you for a consultation.

In theory, the doctor should invite a staff member in when doing a possibly compromising procedure; the problem is that the patient then often feels that their privacy has been twice invaded.

The particularly sensitive areas are in the armpit, ribcage, breastbone and groin; all these may involve examination of a compromising area, perhaps leading to concerns of sexual advances by your chiropractor.

Examination of the subscapularis muscle in the armpit and the pectoralis muscles in the chest, and a condition known as Tietze's syndrome of the ribs adjacent to the breastbone may encroach on breast tissue.

Meralgia paresthetica

Likewise meralgia paresthetica which is a trapped nerve in the groin causing numbness in the thigh involves an examination of the groin and hip areas.

So too, conditions such as hip dysplasia often cause severe pain in the groin and adductor muscles of the inner thigh.

The clinician must examine these areas; should you have the slightest concerns about sexual advances chiropractor, take a companion, or ask if a female assistant can be present during the examination.

I have never heard of a female chiropractor being involved in sexual advances chiropractor concerning a male or female patient, but in theory in can happen, one supposes.

What I personally do is to explain fully what needs to be done, and then ask if they would like an assistant to be present, or to come another day with their spouse.

I've learnt the hard way; accusations of sexual advances chiropractor are not pleasant. If you want to read about it, then you can purchase my book, Stones in my Clog; there was something of a catharsis writing about this subject.

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Breast examination

All chiropractors need to do a breast examination periodically, and some do it routinely. Talk candidly about what's involved and whether it's your desire that another person should be present.

Don't let sexual advances chiropractor happen to you; be prepared and cut it short if there are any innuendos.

Locating the offending rib in Tietze's syndrome certainly verges on no-no land; the rib almost always is one of those passing under the breast.

Pubic bone pain radiation

Likewise the examination and treatment of the inner thigh muscles which may become extremely sensitive in groin conditions like pubic bone pain and hip dysplasia.

I will no doubt be accused of making you feel uneasy. Truth is these incidents are rare, but if you are the one in a million then it really can upset the apple cart. Don't be overly anxious, but yes do be sensible. Just as your would when consulting a gynaecologist.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

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 is doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost pain-free. 

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

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he has 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 stroll 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; he has a short leg.

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. X-rays 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.

9. This 88-year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done. 

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 few months 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 is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year 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 could not 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 should not be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that is so much bunkum.

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