Pain in lower abdominal area after chiropractor.

by Gabby
(Avondale, AZ)

After my chiropractor appointment today, she did my lower back & my pelvic area on the drop table, my lower abdominal area feels super swollen and sore. Is this normal or should I have it checked out?

Hello Gabby,
I think your abdominal pain is most likely quite unassociated with the treatment; if it's still painful tomorrow, then yes I'd see your medical doctor.
It could easily be ovarian, or uterine or bowel related. I can't see treatment of your pelvis with drops causing this.

Dr B

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Mar 16, 2018
No issues
by: Gabby

(I’m the OP.) I went in to the ER have things checked AFTER I posted this. They said nothing was wrong, just some swelling, no bleeding, no intestine issues. All was well after a week or so. So after I healed I returned and she didn’t use the drop table on me for a longtime. We tried it again after a few months and I had no issues. Maybe just the first time I swelled up from the internal movement? We never figured it out, but I’m doing fantastic after been going for two years now. Going regularly had enabled me to go to the gym 5-6 days a week for the past year and I just started a Jiu-Jitsu class last month. When I first posted this I was in no condition for constant training. Now aside from Jiu-Jitsu I lift heavy weights with deadlifts & glute bridges, run & jog about 30 min., do abductions & addictions for thighs at 220lbs. So ladies that have had these issues, rest your body, heal up, but try again if you have no other issues. My hip still occasionally needs to be put back in proper position, but then I’m right back to training. 👍

Great news, Gabby.

Dr B

Mar 16, 2018
Pain in lower right front ab after drop table adjustment
by: Anonymous


I was just reading some of the other ladies' comments about pain in the ab area after an adjustment. I am also trying to figure out what just happened. I had a chiropractic adjustment and the doctor used the drop table approach to adjusting my lower back and hips. Shortly afterwards, while on the table, suddenly developed horrible shooting pain in lower right ab area. Feels like it's shooting towards the front. It doesn't feel right. Can this approach to chiropractic move things around in a woman or aggravate an appendix issue? Very concerned.

I share your concern, but I think it's unrelated; I use the same drop technique and never had this happen.

Nevertheless because of the immediate pain, it does invite questions. I would talk to your chiropractor about it, have him examine your lower back and pelvis again; and the ribcage.

Did he also adjust your midback? Is that pain actually at the attachment of the rib to your sternum? Prod around the breastbone from top to bottom, comparing sides; is one of the rib attachments particularly tender; the treatment may have sprain a rib. Is deep breathing painful?

This has happened to every chiropractor and, for this reason, I no longer give heavy manipulations in the midback; an 'anterior thoracic' is safer.

Let me know.

Dr B

Jan 09, 2018
Lower abdominal pain after adjustment
by: Wanda

I had a hysterectomy12 years ago so my pain can't be menstrual related! Could be intestinal who knows! Any advice?

Again, Wanda, I think but obviously can't be certain that they are unrelated. We know that lower back adjustments can impact positively on various abdominal and female complaints, like infertility for example, so it's certainly not impossible that it could impact you negatively too.
Discuss it with your chiropractor; he will probably change his technique, treat you more conservatively for a while, and generally reassess your progress.
As always if your doctor dismisses your concerns, go elsewhere.

Dr B

Sep 17, 2017
Abdominal pain after pelvic drops.
by: Anonymous

This exact same thing happened to me. I was on my menstrual cycle and felt the pain in my abdomen immediately after the drop table for adjustment of my lower back. It is still hurting with a throbbing shooting pain three days later.

I hope some chiropractic researchers read this; frankly I'm skeptical that it's related to the treatment, since I haven't any such complaint in 37 years in practice, but hey, we get it wrong sometimes, and perhaps it's a rare occurrence and menstrual women need to be treated more gently.

Discuss your reaction to the treatment with your chiropractor; and perhaps stay away in the future when you're having your period.

Thank you for your contribution; I appreciate it. I hope many other women read it; chiropractors too.

Dr B

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