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Posted by John V
on September 18, 2000 at 09:51:30:
In Reply to: chiropractor... posted by Mark on September 15, 2000 at 11:28:36:
I realize that what I am about to tell you will be unpopular with a lot of people, but I feel like I have to tell you this so you can make an informed decision.
In 1981, I hurt my back at work. It was so bad I couldn't stand straight at all. The pain was intense. My boss had been going to a chiro, so I figured I would give him a shot.
When I got there, he took me right away. He took a x-ray of my back. Then he showed me how discs were out of alingment and bulging. (I found out a few weeks later from an ortho MD that you cannot see discs on a plain x-ray) Anyway, he laid me down and bent me and pushed and pulled on me for about 25 minutes. I have to admit that when he was done, I felt better and could stand. I though I had found my new doctor. I made appointments to come in 3 times a week for a few months. Then I left his office.
2 hours later, I was in worse pain than I had been in earlier, and again I couldn't stand. I went to the ER and found that I had ruptured a disc and my back muscles were in intense spasms. The doctor eventually had to operate and I still have back problems to this date. As a matter of fact, I am cosidered totally and permanently disabled.
I don't blame the chiropractor for all my back problems, but I am convinced that the bending and pulling he did tome that day just agravated an already bad situation. I am sure that he made my problem worse that day.
I am not saying chiros are all bad. It just seems to me that most of them will not admit that they are limited in how much effectiveness they have. They seem to make too many claims of healing powers that haven't been proven. Maybe not all of them do that, but I think the majority do. There is a place for chiropractic medicine, but ONLY after a qualified orthopeadic doctor says so and suggest chiro.
My advice to you is to see a real M.D. first to be evaluated. Then follow his advice. You don't want to end up like me. By the way, I am only 45 now, and was 26 when all this started.
Take care and good luck,