costocondritis / tietzes syndrome
Two years ago was diagnosed with costocondritis by a medical doctor. I have been to two chiropractors during the last 18 months and even took printed pages of your web site for them to review. Is it possible to get detailed instructions from you that my chiropractor could use to do the type of adjustment that you refer to for tietzes?
The pain started as a sharp quick pain after a violent sneeze that would be sporadic and has gradually subdued to a dull pain / soreness on the left side at the fifth rib area- in the cartilage to the sternum area. Also sometimes have the same dull ache on the left side back that seems to be related to same location as the front- just below the shoulder blade.
The dull ache seems to come and go, some days OK and then other days can be quite painful and miserable.
Any help that you could give to me to relay to my chiropractor would be greatly appreciated. My chiro seems reluctant to call for help and this is my last option. Or if you could possibly recommend a DC that is knowledgeable in your techniques with the activator or other methods in the Augusta / Macon, Georgia area
UPDATE: I'm about to give a lecture on the treatment of TS to a chiropractic congress. The lecture notes will be available on this site, for chiropractors only, for .99c. Tell your chiro.
It's all about ego, I'm afraid. This is a difficult condition, and it took me 25 years to figure how to treat it. I shudder to think of the number of cases I either completely missed, or had no understanding of what was happening. Or aggravated, as a heavy manipulation in the middle of the back, posterior to anterior will aggravate the condition.
Suggest he come to the chiropractic convention in South Africa in September where I'll be lecturing on the subject!
Seriously, if he's open to learning about it, I'd be most happy to talk to him. Suggest he contact me at CONTACT and we can set up a Skype discussion. It's not rocket science, but some very specific things need to be done.
It's a horrid, nasty, very treatable condition. There's hope! The symtoms you describe are typical. If it's chronic I would recommend an X-ray of your midback.