pain after chiropractic adjustment
A: well gessum! that doesn’t sound good at all!
depending on whats wrong with you…SOME MINOR neck pain is normal after an adjustment. as for the rest of your symptoms? that does not sound normal.
you should call that guy first thing in the morning and tell him what you are experiencing. if he blows you off with a “it’s normal” crap..and dosn’t actually try to help you. then try and new chiropractor.
Q: Do nerves move in your back after a chiropractic adjustment?
This may seem strange but I had a chiropractic adjustment yesterday – and ever since I left the office it feels like nerves are just running up and down my back? Has anyone ever felt this before. No pain – it just feels like something is crawling in my back… If anyone knows anything about this please answer.
A: ACTUALLY, in response to the guy above me…Chiropractors have to take more Human Anatomy credits than Medical Doctors. So they’re very familiar with the human body.
And nerves move all the time. Adjustments can loosen up the soft tissue, but nothing bad comes out of a good adjustment. You may be a little sore, but the wiggly feeling will go away I’m sure.
Hope that helps.
Q: pain from chiropractic adjustment?
After 4 weeks of chiropractic adjustments, I’m feeling improvement in neck pain, headaches, etc. but I’m having a lot soft tissue pain around my knee. My doctor says this is normal. Anyone ever have this happen? If so, how long does it last?
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Q: Nausea and belching after 1st chiropractic adjustment?
I had my first chiropractic adjustment today for some relief of years of neck and back pain. The procedure did not hurt, but on my way home I began burping like crazy, then the nausea set in. I have been nauseated mostly all day although it’s better when I lie down. I’m still belching a bit too. I also started to get sore a few hours after the alignment. I’ve made up my mind not to go back for any more adjustments, but is this a normal reaction to your first adjustment? I can’t take the nausea! Ugh!
A: After treating thousands of patients and having done many thousands of adjustments I have had some unusual treatment reactions but I would have to say I have never had these reported.
I am concerned about your nausea. Do you have any other new symptoms? It may be prudent to have this checked especially if you also start to experience headaches, vomiting, dizziness, loss of balance or any thing else unusual.
Q: Sore neck after chiropractic treatment?
Yesterday was the third time I went to the chiropractor.
I went for my first three treatments last week.
He did an x ray on my neck and lower back prior to any adjustments.
He adjusted my neck, and now it hurts, but the first two times it did not.
Did he do something wrong?
It started hurting about 4 hours after he did the adjustment, it has now been 24 hours, and it still hurts.
When he was a adjusting my neck, it didn’t “click” at first, but he did it again right after, and it did, in two spots, and the first two times it only clicked in the spot once.
Needless to say I am freaking out right now big time.
Did he screw up m y neck?
Should I go to the ER?
Should I even go back to him?
He works at the hospital in my town, and has a good reputation.
The pain is like a 7 out of 10.
I am so lost on what to do.
Maybe it is normal to have a stiff neck after, but why did it not hurt after the first 2 adjustments?
Sorry folks, long question.
A: It is normal to have a sore neck for a couple weeks after your first treatments. Ice your neck for 20 minutes on, 20 off, and then 20 on again. If you aren’t already sleeping without a pillow, remove your pillow from your bed for 2 weeks and that should help too.
Q: Can getting a chiropractic adjustment aggravate a soft tissue shoulder injury?
I generally manage my years-long shoulder injury very well, which includes my serratus muscle. Today at about dinnertime I was hit with pain so intense I was having a hard time coping with it, and after about three hours I finally went to the emergency clinic and got some pain medication. I can’t even raise my left hand above waist level now, and I’m going to have to go back to the doctor tomorrow. I haven’t done anything to reinjure my shoulder, but yesterday I had a chiropractic adjustment, and it hurt. A lot. I told the doctor, and he readjusted my back again, and I felt the muscles pull. Could this have aggravated my shoulder? Thank you for answering.
A: Well darling since you had no pain until you went to the chiropractor I am going to have to say that’s what caused it.Be well.
Q: Safety of chiropractic electrotherapy in pregnancy?
I had a miscarriage in Feb. and had missed my period in March, but did not think I was pregnant. Went to the chiropractor on Monday bacause of lower back pain and after adjustment he used electro therapy on my lower back and shoulders. Took a pregnancy test today and it was positive. Nothing I can do about it now, but I am a wreck, worring that it may have hurt this baby. I have not had any spotting or other signs of miscarriage, but wish I could find some sort of information on how harmful this may have been.
A: I think you are early enough that you should be ok. If you are concerned, your doc can tell you more.
Q: Is a sharp, diagonal crease in your earlobe always from heart disease or attack?
My husband has just recently (last year) developed a diagonal crease in his ear lobe. He has had severe muscle pains in his legs but just recently after getting a massage and chiropractic adjustment was relieved of all of his leg pain completely. He is under stress due to his job-and his cholesterol is high-but does the ear lobe thing signify for sure heart trouble?
A: No, it may be Chinese medicine or some form of Chi, but I know of no relationship.
Q: Other than chiropractic, what are the medical alternatives for treating chronic back pain?
Note: I respect chiropractic and understand that it can help for maintance of minor back pain/discomfort. I know this because I occasionally see a chiro for my back, and the adjustments feel good and clear up mild back/neck pain.
But a friend of mine has very severe back pain, and has had this for a long time. And although chiropractic has offered some relief, even after numerous visits, the pain has not diminished and continues to persist. So I’m curious to find out, what other alternatives are there for individuals with severe, chronic back pain? (other than simply popping pain killers, of course)
Acupuncture is out of the question, as insurance wont cover this service for them.
Thoughts or suggestions?
A: Obviously he needs an x-ray and scan of some sort. If he has no insurance for the MRI, he needs to make sure it is simple pain and not causing any muscle weakness which may be permanent (his DC probably told him about this).
He needs to start an exercise program. Some massage would help as well. He can also take fish oil tablets, a general multivitamin, and maybe magnesium tablets.
The exercise program can include crunch situps (start with 3 times 20 and build up from there). Pushups if he can do them, or even against a table to make thtem easier, always 3 times as many as he can comfortably do.
Also do a stretch where he lays on his back with his heels up close to his butt. Lift the hips of the floor three times as long as he can without too much pain. Take a break in between – this is great.
I love dips with my back against a chair and my legs straight out in front. They do a great job of stretching and strenthening the back. Biking to work and back is also great as well (1/2 hour a day). Ibuprofin also works well for the short term. Wish him best luck.
Q: Do you think I have a thoracic disc injury?
I got a chiropractic adjustment a little over a week ago and he adjusted me very agressively two times in the same place. A couple days after the adjustment, I started to feel soreness over the spine and pain in the mid-back. Now the pain wraps all the way around my ribs. It is very sore and painful. I am also getting some upper back and neck pain and headaches in the back of the head.
I would also like to know what you think of chiropractic? After this last adjustment and the way I am feeling now makes me uncertain about it and unsure if I will ever go back. I would love to hear any opinions.
A: You can go to the hospital to get an x-ray of what your vertebrae currently looks like, and see if what the chiropractor did worked and its straightened, or if he made it worse, or if maybe it just got pushed out of alignment again. Do you have a follow-up appointment scheduled with the chiropractor? If so, you should go and let him know that it’s still bothering you. In the meantime you could use a heat pack on your sore areas and take some anti-inflammatory for the pain and headaches.
Q: Can the figure eight neck stretch put you out of proper alignment??(Chiropractic question)?
I go to a chiropractor for neck pain and headaches yet my neck pain is intense within hours after an adjustment.
I just saw a stretch called the figure eight on youtube…claiming to be good for neck pain
Can these stretches- main concern is the figure eight and the Egyptian- put your neck and spine out of alignment?
A: People have been killed or permanently paralysed after undergoing chiropractic neck manipulation. Just so’s you know like.
Go and see a real doctor and if required get a referral to a qualified physiotherapist.
Q: What do I do about the pain from bulging discs?
A little over a year ago I got into a pretty bad car accident. My car was totaled(windshield cracked, front end ripped off) (a guy and his friends with no license, registered vehicle or insurance hit me when I had a green light). Well I didn’t go in the ambulance that night because I felt fine and thought it would be unnecessary, but on the ride home my neck started to hurt. So my parents took me to the ER just to be safe. They put me in a brace, took a CAT scan. The next day I went to a chiropractor that I would be seeing for the next year and 10 days(as of tonight). After Xrays, I was told to have had bulging discs in my neck and back. I never really knew all of the specifics but was told I should get an MRI if my insurance would cover it a while ago. It started with chiropractic adjustments 3 times a week, then 3 times and massage, then 2 and massage, then my insurance stopped paying. (no more massages, but he still adjusted me). I had a very busy schedule as it was my senior year and I was involved in countless activities(I would sometimes have to leave school at lunch for appointments) so I did have some gaps in my care, like if I couldn’t go to an appointment, then I didn’t have another one set up. I know that caused a problem, but started regularly again, and just recently massages again. I kind of started to live with all of the pain. Until recently, I’ve been in as much pain as I was when I first got into the accident. I finally stood up and confronted my chiropractor at one of my re-exams and told him how I couldn’t stand for 30 minutes doing the dishes without back pain, constant neck and head aches and how I was constantly miserable from the pain, sometimes in tears. I was told I should have been healed after about 6-8 weeks. and here I am over 50 weeks later always in pain. I feel like a 60 year-old and I’m only 17. What am I supposed to do? The treatments help somewhat, but not well enough to keep me out of pain and I can’t stand the thought of living like this for the rest of my life. I don’t want surgery because only 51% of back surgery is effective and that’s a bit extreme for a 17-year old’s back pains, I think. Also, I don’t want to be bed ridden in pain for hours at a time before the age of 25. I just don’t know what to do, but the pain is driving me crazy. Any suggestions would be great.
Thank you all so much, my chiropractor is a part of a network of doctors that do non-surgical spinal decompression, but it’s $6,000 and I can’t swing that going to a private university. I didn’t know that an inversion table would do the same thing. I usually take ibuprofen and it doesn’t work, and I took aleve last night and it did help. I will look into the other options and I’m planning on getting an MRI to make sure it is just a bulging disc and I’ll speak with my doctor about the other options. Thank you all once again. You can’t believe how relieving it is to know there are other options.
A: I developed a bulging disc between lumbar 4 and 5 by running too much on the jogging trail. I’ll tell you what I did. You’ll have to decide what is
applicable in your case. After reading your case, the information I’ve got below for an inversion table is good for lumbar bulging disks but I would certainly do research to determine if it is safe for neck or cervical injuries because it may not be. Just a precaution!
1) My chiropractor recommended taking daily doses of 100 mg. of Vitamin B6. It strengthens nerve insulation. I noticed an improvement in 4 to 6 weeks.
2) Aleve is a good NSAID medication that is sold over the counter.
The doctor can prescribe a stronger form of the drug in the name Naproxen. The doctor can also prescribe Tramadol which is a narcotic and good pain reliever.
Back ice packs are a good idea also.Usually they can be placed around the waist area for the best relief.
(They connect with velcro) You can buy them at most pharmacies
— example at the site below:
3) I bought the Teeter inversion table. You can invert yourself partially
or completely for spine decompression. It feels great.
It costs a few hundred but I like it. This is the best bang for the
buck as far as I’m concerned regarding lumbar bulging disks.
4) I purchased the Rebuilder 2407 Electronic Stimulator (information at the site below). This product was intended for a variety of ailments including nerve damage due to diabetes but I found it helpful when the electrical attachments are placed slightly to the right and left of the spine where the bulging disk occurs. In my case, just slightly lower than waist level to the right and left of the spine. I paid $699 for this (although they’ve reduced the price since), so it’s something to consider even though it’s a little expensive. I bought the more expensive model since it had the AC adapter associated with it rather than just the battery (and so it supplies more power). It definitely makes you feel good when you use it at 7.83 Hz.
Q: Chiropractic care for $3500?
Hi – I went to a new Chiropractor in my town – I don’t really have any pain really but feel better after getting some adjustments time to time – earlier this year a Chiropractor helped me greatly with an injury I had – I was 100% better after only 1 adjustment. But when I went to this new guy he wanted to do x-rays he said I had many subluxations and degenerative disc disease and my cervical spine was curving to wrong way (like when you see older people with a ‘hunch back’) I did notice the curving of my neck which scared me – I am only 22 and my neck looked like the ones of a 50 year old on the chart. SO anyways I was scared and I signed up for one year of treatment – for $3500…Was I scammed? Can adjustments really fix these problems – mainly the neck issue – will adjustments correct the curve? And DC’s out there?
Thanks – I don’t know what to do…
A: You were scammed. The good news is you don’t have to pay that $3500 or you can get it back if you already paid it. Unfortunately, my profession has these Aye-holes in it that pray people using their “authority” to rip people off. I have three Former friend that work at places that do this. I have stopped talking to them. Please don’t think we are all this way, some of us are trying to repair the tarnished images these crooks give us.
Since you don’t really have any pain, you were subjected to unnecessary radiation, and therefore, an unnecessary medical procedure was performed on you. Take that however you want too.
The subluxations that were described to you do not exist. Joints can become “stuck” for lack of a better term, and in these instances a manipulation can help restore mobility to the joint. Just because you have a reversal of the cervical curve, called kyphosis, doesn’t mean that you are doomed to progress down the “spinal decay” paths these quacks (and yes, I reserve the right to call my collegues quacks when they behave this way) put up on there walls.
Adjustments cannot correct the curve. There are chiropractors out there that will try to force a curve back in your neck using traction. Seems like a good idea and they have research to back them up, but with further investigation they are as full of it as the Applied Kinesiology people.
I would report this chiropractor to both your medical and chiropractic boards. This is an unethical way to run a chiropractic clinic. What we do is great for musculoskeletal injuries and pain. This chiropractor is morally bankrupt.
Q: Do I have enough to file for a chiropractic medical malpractice claim?
Two years ago I went into the chiropractor for my lower back /sciatica. I did not go to my primary caregiver since I thought my back was “just out”. I had burning in my right buttocks and down the back of my right leg. The chiropractor knew my history and of my activities. He told me that I may get a little worse before I got better. After the first adjustment I was in more pain and had numbness down my right leg with the burning. I let him know the next time I was in that it was worse and he reiterated that this would be part of getting better. By the third adjustment I was completely numb in my groin area and down my right leg. I felt like I was sitting on a tennis ball if I sat down, I had trouble standing in one place for very long and I walked with a limp. The next time I went in to explain this was getting way worse and not better he decided to do an x-ray. After the x-ray I was immediately sent to have an MRI done. 15 minutes after having the MRI done I had a call from my chiropractor telling me the tech said I had the worst back he had ever seen. I was also herniated at L4/L5 and my disc had “exploded” into my spinal cord at L5/S1 and was crushing my spinal cord. The MRI tech did not understand how I could walk. Once the chiropractor had the official results in he explained to me that he could no longer treat me and that he “thought I was herniated, but was ‘hoping’ that was not the case”. I then went in for emergency surgery to alleviate the pressure on my spinal cord and remove the fragments in my cord.
One year later a new MRI revealed that I still had issues – severe herniation at L5/S1, torn disc at L4/L5, herniation at T11/T12, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, neural formina stenosis, neuropathy in my right leg, etc etc.
I had three spinal epidurals as a non-surgical treatment, but am going in to see a new neurosurgeon for a consultation on a second surgery at my primary caregivers recommendation. I am now looking at having to have by back fused to prevent further degeneration and damage. This surgery is, of course, much more costly than my first. I have already had enough financial devastation from all of the doctor visits and do not need more.
I am not sure if this would be enough to show negligence on the behalf of the chiropractor.
I should add that prior to this I did not have any back issues. I used to run 15-20 miles per week and was in good physical shape. I was 30 years old when this occurred.
A: You would have to prove that the 3 treatments and the delay either caused your damages or increased them. My guess is that this would not be possible. It’s unlikely that you could find an attorney to handle the matter and actually, you probably don’t want to find one. Med mal cases are enormously expensive and, while the attorney gets no fee unless you win your case, you would be liable for all the expenses of the case, win or lose. It’s likely those costs could bankrupt you if you failed to win.
Q: What should I do about a painful Chiropractic visit?
Last October, I had been rear ended really bad while waiting at a stoplight. My vehicle: A 2004 Toyota Matrix. His vehicle: A 2000 Toyota Tacoma (with the steel bumper). It was my first rear end collision and I immediately felt a sharp pain to my back and neck. I sought an attorney after hearing what the other guys claims adjuster wanted to offer me for medical: $1000. I thought, I need to get my back checked out, besides, I don’t have any medical insurance and I don’t know how much doctor’s visits were gonna cost. After seeing a doctor, I was referred to a Chiropractic office (it was a husband & wife team). During my treatment there, I noticed that during one visit, I would get adjusted by the husband, and the next visit I was getting adjusted by the wife. There were times when he couldn’t get a particular spot in my back, so he had to call his wife in to get something to pop. There were sometimes when I’d gone in and after being put through a particular position and being pushed down on, I wouldn’t hear anything, much less feel anything pop or crack, but he o she would always follow with, “Oh yeah, there it is!” I wondered, if they were able to feel something I didn’t because I didn’t. Last week, after I’d been adjusted by the husband, he mentioned that he would only need to see me once a week and that I should schedule an appointment for next week which I did. I went back in the next week and this is where my problem happened….you see, after going in for a couple of months, I noticed that I was starting to feel better; that was until my last adjustment this past Tuesday. I was now getting adjusted by the wife. She decided that instead of the usual adjustment (lying on my back with my arms crossed while she applied pressure on top of me), she had me remain on my stomach (after receiving a little stem treatment). She positioned herself as if to do a reverse CPR chest compression on my back, told me to take a deep breath and exhale. On the exhale, she pushed down on my back and I yelled out in agony. I was in so much pain; my back and now my chest was hurting me. I had the wind knocked out of me, she stepped back and apologized and sarcastically said, “Well, I guess that won’t work.” She mentioned to me to turn over and I told her that I needed a few minutes and that I was hurting really bad. After that, she left my back alone and began to adjust my neck. I didn’t know what was going on. After the visit, she mentioned that she wanted to see me that Friday. I thought, “Didn’t your husband tell me to start coming in once a week?” I called my attorney and mentioned to her what had happened. She said that there could be a Malpractice claim against the Chiropractic office. I kinda felt like I didn’t wanna pursue it because they were really cool. They would always have their kids in the office while dealing with appointments and they seem like really cool people. However, I am in really bad pain right now and it is hurting alot worse than it had after the accident and I fear if I don’t do anything about it, I could be left feeling alot worse in the future.
What should I do?
Hey city_chik123, I didn’t understand something in your response. I didn’t mention anything about “Stretching.”
Hey Dragonrider707, I was referred to a Chiropractor by my doctor because she felt that it would help my back problem. It was also something my Attorney said that I should consult.
Sarah K – Thanks for your input, I will not be returning to that particular Chiropractic office much less any other office because now I have this fear of my back being in much more pain. I have to go into the doctor’s office and get my back and ribs checked out (possibly get some xrays done) and maybe get into some sort of light physical therapy. My chest and back are killing me now.
Future Fate – Thanks for your input as well. The thing is, is that I did not tighten up while I was being adjusted. When she told me to exhale, I basically had no breath in me as she pushed down on my back. So, on top of that I had the extra wind knocked out of me. I don’t know if getting the wind knocked out of anyone is common, but it was a very uncomfortable feeling. I didn’t yelp until after she was done and I was able to catch my breath which took me a minute. I’m not looking to sue anyone, because I thought these people were really cool, and I hope there is nothing wrong. I’m having a difficult time laying on my stomach without my chest hurting. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, I just can’t sit comfortably now and I feel like I have an elephant on my chest.
A: Keep in mind you had a pretty serious accident before.
But what happens is sometimes ribs get fixated if you tighten up, yell or jump while the chiro is trying to adjust you. Usually it goes away after a couple extra treatments and is very easy to help.
But if you don’t get it treated it can stay that way for a long time.
That’s why she wanted to see you an extra time, it usually almost always goes away after that. Activator technique is also a good way to help this without them having to push on you if that’s what you’re afraid of.
There’s no reason for you to panic, they know what they are doing.
And you can’t sue them for that – I guarantee nothings broken, it’s just a muscle spasm along your ribs.
Since they did a great job up until now I would give them a chance to fix this – but if you feel more comfortable with one than the other then request to only see that one.
Good luck. (And I can pretty much guarantee the x-rays will show nothing).
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