Chiropractor care, help or scam?
Debilitating neck and upper back pain at 40 years old.
I have a bunch of bulging disks: C5 - C6 and T2, T4, T5, T6etc (upper back, non of them ruptured yet) for 2 years now.
Ever since I'm aware of it (minor auto accident 2 years ago) things went down hill (way down hill).
I am in a great physical shape female. I used to play various sports: basketball, volleyball, tennis, etc, ever since the incident I feel like I'm a disabled 90 years old, I've been struggling through every day, unable to clean my own house or do my own groceries, not to mention a struggle to work out or stay in shape I'd desire to be or to play sports at all.
I have tried just about anything: Icing, heat therapy, physical therapy (in two different facilities), Epidural injections in cervical spine, multiple steroid trigger point injections, massage, currently on chiropractic care.
I have done 3 chiropractic adjustments in one week. Ever since, I'm in a significant pain, things are a lot worse than before I started chiropractic care.
My question is: Is it to be expected to feel worse (more pain) in the beginning of chiropractic care, or should I stop the treatment as if it aggravates it more in the beginning?
I am concerned and clueless about what to expect, they tell me to to keep going, what do I do?
I'm asking for an honest an unbiased opinion, appreciate any honest response I can get
Frankly it's difficult to advise. That car accident obviously wasn't so minor to have given you five bulging discs, though it's more than likely there were previous injuries. My experience is that every MVA leaves its mark.
After manipulation pain is not that uncommon in chronic conditions; what is impossible for me to assess is whether the treatment was too vigorous, too frequent, I rarely treat a patient three times in a week, or simply inept. All are possible.
Did you choose the chiropractor from the yellow pages, or did s/he get a strong recommendation from a friend or colleague? Did you feel you were given a decent examination, and did they take an adequate history? Did you chiropractor makes notes after every treatment and did you at least each time have a brief further examination? What was your gut feel about him or her? Did you 'click'? I know these are very subjective questions, but you've been treated by a lot of people and should have some instinctive feel as to whether you were being treated by someone who out of his depth, inexperienced, lazy or one of the twelve patients an hour charlatans.
When one of my patients experiences a lot of pain after the treatment, I schedule them less frequently, and do less each time; perhaps only one adjustment.
Yes, after treatment pain certainly does happen; to my patients too.
When you have such miserable ongoing pain, give thought also to such factors as when did you last take a holiday, what's your diet like and are you doing daily gentle exercises for your neck and back. A regular massage either from a sport masseuse or spouse never did any harm either.
Are you continuing with a heavy exercise program to keep in shape when you should really be taking it more quietly after so much pain?
I can't answer your questions, but I hope the above gives you some food for thought. Keep in touch.
There are some other forms of chiropractic you might consider too; like chiropractors who use mainly an 'activator'. It's more gentle.