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Have people here had experience with chiropractors? If so, could you tell me what you think of them? In November 2014, I got a hip injury from a dodgy Thai massage. It took forever to actually figure out what exactly was wrong because doctors were bad. Six months later doctor recommended I go to a chiropractor. I went to one and she apparently had 35 years of experience. But after going to her 12 times, not only was there no improvement, but the injury got so much worse. At first there was only a mild hip tilt but after her it tilted so severely that only one side of my left foot touched the ground because the hip was so low. I couldn't step on the foot at all and had to use a crutch.

 

After that I went to some other chiropractors at a clinic which had very good reviews. I wouldn't really say they helped, after a year of going to them basically no difference. But recently I had a sprained ankle and when I went to the chiro there for a hip adjustment, the chiro also adjusted the ankle. After that it got so much worse. All the nerves in the leg became pinched, ankle is numb and clicking constantly, and there is very severe pain and can't walk much at all. None of these symptoms were there before.

 

All together I'd been to about seven chiropractors and spent more than $3000 but was made much worse.

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I don't go to chiros and I never would. I don't trust them. They don't have the proper training and can make things a lot worse.

 

A good doctor will figure out what's going on, only give you meds if you really need it (and try to keep you off narcotic meds too) and show you proper stretches and techniques to make it better. I herniated 2 discs in my back a few years ago at work. I was properly diagnosed, I took very strong NSAIDs for a few weeks, bed rest for 1 week, and I was back at work and feeling okay. I do stretches regularly to keep my back muscles in check and I also take care when it comes to lifting and such so I don't pull it again.

 

Impinged/pinched nerves are very serious and need medical attention. Stop going to chiro and don't go to any more dodgy massages. I like professional massages myself but I only go to reputable people who are licensed massage therapists and either work independently with good recommendations and experience, OR they are employed at a high-end spa.

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I didn't used to trust chiropractors, but now I swear by them. The chiropractor was the only one able to FIX the massive back pain I endured in my 20s. Regular doctor and orthopedic surgeon only prescribed drugs, which masked the problem but did not fix them. Tried chiropractor out of desperation & never looked back.

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I think it's more about finding the "right" chiropractor.

 

Personally, I've never been. I've heard too many horror stories and am too freaked out. I have a regular physiotherapist and massage therapist I see, but one is a close friend and the other I used to work at the clinic so I trust both. Word of mouth and personal recommendations are probably the best way to go about finding a decent therapist.

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I used to work for a chiropractor though I was quite young and did not have any serious medical problems. I would get regular adjustments weekly and honestly really loved getting them. Especially on my back and neck I always felt amazing after. Again I had no real medical issues just minor stiffness. Quite honestly I think if you have something really wrong with you seeing a chiropractor is probably not the right move. I would seek medical help from an orthopedist in your case. I think chiropractic treatment can be useful and has it's place but more so for maintenance and small stuff like correcting a stiff back for example. For something as severe as a slanted hip and the other issues you had I would definitely recommend seeing a specialist over a chiropractor.

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I love my chiro! I wasted a year going from doctor to doctor about shoulder pain so bad I could not put my arm behind my back. They wanted to do surgery and I said no way. The chiro said he could fix it but it'd take time, and it did, but after a few visits I felt some relief. In the end it took 4-5 months for it to be healed properly and that was 11 yrs ago and it has never acted up since. The man is a genius and I love him He's fixed things on our entire family that medical doctors couldn't begin to resolve, they just want to prescribe pills or cut you open. My chiro has resolved neck and ear problems as well as keeping my spine in alignment. He fixed hubby's knee which docs had told him to live with, but the knee cap was twisted and the chiro got it back in alignment. He fixed hubby's massive ear blockage that left him deaf in one ear; his eustachian tube is mostly horizontal and it needs to have a bit of a slant on it to drain properly. This chiro is also a homeopath/naturopath and can recommend non presc. ways to resolve may health issues.

 

So there are good chirps out there, and like any profession, there are lousy ones too. You just have to find a good one. Get recommendations from friends who like their chiro. Mine also does laser therapy for sprains and that works so very well.

 

To say they are not properly trained is just false. It takes many years of schooling to become a chiropractor.

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My doctor referred me to a chiro for some neck and back strain. I've had a couple of adjustments, and they have been great. I'm not sure but it might be a different ballgame to go to a chiropractor for an adjustment or some more minor issues than to go because you are having severe, chronic pain.

 

I've had good experiences.

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Chiropractors are a mixed bag....... some of it is helpful, some not. Cracking someone's back does very little if the muscles are weak and what they really need is to strengthen them.

 

I'd get advice from both medical doctor and chiropractor and see what works. Perhaps even a skilled exercise/weight trainer if it involves muscles in the back.

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Love 'em! I used to exercise race horses in the morning out at Santa Anita. One I was on ducked into the inside fence and really screwed up my lower body. My pelvic bone was tilted about a quarter inch to the left and it ended up resting on some nerve or the other. I couldn't lift my left leg, or feel it much, either. One of my friends was dating a chiropractor and she called him. He treated me for free for about two months. By the second visit I could lift my leg a bit and by the end of my visits, it was like the incident never happened. "Normal" doctors had told me it would take six months to a year to get better, if I ever did. Yeah. Lame. I still visit chiropractors when I can get a referral for my back issues. They are a gift from God. That guy saved me and, at the time, my career.

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Thanks so much for responding everybody, all the replies were really helpful. Well, I'm starting to think that maybe chiropractic adjustments just really don't agree with my body...The chiropractic clinic I've been going to for a year, they have many very good reviews online and on their Facebook page. They have always many people in the waiting room and the actual owner of the clinic is booked out 3-4 months in advance. He's basically a mini celebrity and even very well known overseas. However he was in the media and on TV recently in a very bad light because he'd been adjusting the spines of newborn babies and he got banned from that. Anyway, for me personally seeing the chiropractors had been a total nightmare. Every time they adjusted I was in very severe pain for weeks, not to mention there was literally zero improvement. Also in terms of the ankle sprain, initially there was only ligament pain. But then the chiro clicked my ankle joint and shortly after it came out of place. All the soft tissue healed but the ankle joint is in severe pain for many weeks and all the nerves are either numb or twitching all the time. I guess my body just does not respond to it at all.

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Like Melancholy, I love the chiro too. (Maybe you need a Canadian Chiropractor, op?

 

I couldn't function with the back pain I was experiencing prior to finding the Chiro I and my entire family use now. It took three different one's before I found him.

 

You DO have to be honest with him/her. If what's being done isn't producing any positive results then tell him/her to try something else. I have Osteoporosis now so he stopped adjusting my spine now but rather adjusts my tendons and surrounding muscle through gentle stretching which has really kept my back in good shape.

 

You also have to be consistent with any at home exercising and stretching that he/she recommends. I go once a month now whether I feel I need it or not to keep from having a relapse.

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My bf swears by chiro's and osteopaths. He had bad scoliosis (sp?) of the spine when he was younger and he doc recommended a chiro who completed straightened him out very quickly. He has amazing posture now because of this. Now, when he or anyone in his family has any sort of back pain, they go to see an osteopath. Apparently the osteo they see is brilliant. She helped my bf's sciatica, and when his dad threw out his back, the osteo fixed him in like 2 or 3 sessions. So it's a matter of finding someone that knows what they are doing. Personally I have never needed one, but i'm glad they exist, in case I ever do need one.

 

Maybe try an osteopath?

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