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for low back injury..(11 posts)

for low back injury..bill105
Dec 8, 2003 12:40 PM
who has helped you most as a first point of reference? a chiropractor or an orthopedic doctor?
Chiropractor helped me.dzrider
Dec 8, 2003 1:56 PM
MD's offered patience and pain medication. Chiropractor got my finger tips 6 inches closer to my toes on the first visit without either. Didn't try to hook me on regular adjustments either. Also helped my wife and sons.
Dec 8, 2003 2:09 PM
I had a cycling accident (went over handlebars and kissed pavement when car pulled in front of me), and I still have some lingering lower back pain. I visited the area's best orthopaedic specialist, and he prescribed pain pills and told me it will eventually heal.

One exercise that has helped me is laying on my side and drawing my leg to my chest. In the begining, I could barely get my leg past my head. Now, I can almost fold completely, and my back feels a lot better.

Second the ChiropractorSamDC
Dec 8, 2003 3:09 PM
I was involved in a bike accident a while back. Saw an MD about 4 times for my headaches and all they did was prescribe to me muscle relaxers and prescription strength Advil. Last visit to the doctor and he diagnosed me with tension headaches, so I dediced to give a chiropractor a shot.

Headaches went away after first visit and I've felt almost back to normal. If I were you, I would give it a try. Also, ask the chiropractor for any specific exercises or stretches you can do to aleviate the pain.

Good luck,
re: for low back injury..gtx
Dec 8, 2003 2:49 PM
I'd definitely start with the doctor. When I injured my back in a mtb crash I went to several docs, PTs, and chiropractors. I did all the meds, exercises, adjustments, etc. After 2.5 years of hellish pain, being told I'd never ride again, this is what finally fixed me--in two weeks--and I've been pain free ever since (going on 5 years now).

But go to the doc first.
PT !!!!!!!!!!!!! nmthe bull
Dec 8, 2003 3:02 PM
neither but the swimming pool...colker1
Dec 8, 2003 3:31 PM
do it. strenghthens your back muscles. alleviates stress, maintains yoour phys. condition.
thx (nm)bill105
Dec 9, 2003 5:48 AM
physical therapist or physiatristdotkaye
Dec 9, 2003 11:29 AM
the latter is hard to find, but is basically a doctor specializing in rehabilitation.
has an explanation and a locator.

I started with the doctor and got a MRI to be sure there wasn't something structurally wrong, then went to the PT. They gave me lots of exercises and stretching to do, which cleared things up in a month or two. If I miss the exercises for more than a few days, the pain starts up again.

Here's what a chiropractor believes (from
"Chiropractic theory is rooted in the notions of Daniel David Palmer, a grocer and "magnetic healer" who postulated that the basic cause of disease was interference with the body's nerve supply. Approximately a hundred years ago, he concluded that "A subluxated vertebrae . . . is the cause of 95 percent of all diseases. . . . The other five percent is caused by displaced joints other than those of the vertebral column." [1] He claimed that subluxations interfered with the body's expression of "Innate Intelligence"-- the "Soul, Spirit, or Spark of Life" that controlled the healing process. He proposed to remedy the gamut of disease by manipulating or "adjusting" the problem areas.

Over the years, chiropractors have gone beyond Palmer's theories. Some describe subluxations as "bones out of place" and/or "pinched nerves"; some think in terms of "fixations" and/or loss of joint mobility; some occupy a middle ground that includes any or all of these concepts; and a small percentage renounce Palmer's notions as biotheistic nonsense."

Would you trust your health to a theory of subluxation developed by a magnetic healer with a qualification in retail ? No, me neither.
Dec 9, 2003 1:32 PM
I'm curious where your fanatical anti-chiropractic stance is coming from.

That website you reference is ridiculous blather. A very good object lesson in why one can't beleive everything you read, and ESPECIALLY everything you read on the internet. To suggest someone get information about chiropractors from a hate-site like that would be the same as suggesting I get a good recipe for beef burgundy off the PETA website.

People who want some information about Chiropractic would be better served to see the website of the American Chiropractic Association.
Dec 15, 2003 12:15 PM
I'm not fanatically anti-chiropractic. But there is no difference between a chiropractioner and a physical therapist except for the odd beliefs in subluxation. Given that, I'd rather go with generally accepted medical science, than with oddball theories lacking substantiation.