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Old 04-14-2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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osteoarthritic of cervical spine

hi. what bothers me unceasingly is my neck. i have not been to my chiropractor since my neck developed osteoarthritis, but finally tryed a cervical chiro recommended by my asthma nurse who felt it could help my breathing also as he does not do the 'bone crunch'. my best friend had a manipulation done by a naturopath, she figured it would be hocus pocus, but it ceased her daily headaches. he had manipulated the spot at base of skull so this is what i hoped would happen at the chiro. all he did after xrays, was 'touch' my neck pushing lightly with one or two fingers, just below the ear while i laid on side, then xray again. he did NOT show me the xrays, and spoke of the next appointment as learning some exercises. physios here can do that for $10 copay. He cost $260, then $40 next time. am i wrong to be angry. i did go into it with no illusions of a cure, but i thought he would DO more in the way of adjustment. but at the very least, i thought he would show me the xrays. the fact that he didnt tells me they didnt show any change. i called today to ask if i could see xrays and was told no, but that he could answer my questions. so my question is, is this unusual?? are there other adjustments usually in follow up appointments or is this it, a 'touch' on neck? the other chiropractors i have seen at least DID something. all sorts of red flags have gone off with this guy. Dee

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Re: osteoarthritic of cervical spine

As someone with severe OA of the cervical spine who almost died after fusion surgery because I was becoming paralyzed...I'd suspect he's not doing anything for fear of doing major damage to you. A wrong push on the side of the neck can cause a stroke besides possibly causing paralysis.

I would walk....make that a back specialist....either an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spines or a neurosurgeon. Don't trust either then try a plain neurologist and let them read the films....they have no money to make off of you.

No one except a neurosurgeon should go anywhere near the top 2 vertebrae in your neck. C1 and 2 are known as the atlas and axis bones and they work together to rotate your head. They actually hook into each other with no disk in between. Damage one and you can lose the ability to move your head. I know. That's where I'm headed. I fell and hurt my neck again last year and despite months of PT it looks like I'm headed for more surgery to attach my head to my spine. I'll be fused from my skull to my shoulders but I'm still walking and doing pretty much everything I want to do.

Cervical spine problems are very deceptive. The worse the problem, the lesser the pain. You slowly become paralyzed without even knowing it. If I'd gone to a chiro instead of a neurologist I'd be in a wheelchair now. Come on down to the Spinal Cord Problems board and read a few stories and ask them what they'd do.


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