- 12-14-2016, 11:45 AM
Anyone have any experience with a back injury from a fall? Went over my xrays this morning and apparently my l4 and l5 are subloxed? Which means the space between them has been reduced and is quite a bit smaller than all of the other vertabrae. They want me to do chiro 3 times a week for over a month which is too rich for my blood. Any advice?
- 12-14-2016, 11:58 AM
Other things include massage, and if you ask and they say go for it, inversion table for a bit here and there.
Sadly in this country good health and real care are only for the wealthy. I hope someone else can put more light on a different solution for it.
Good luck my man, take it slow it may take a whole year to get back to normal. Try to avoid steroids (the kind the doc gives out) if possible. They made me very fat. If you need to get an appetite suppressant. Jacuzzi available? That might work out, as long as you Ice it After. Tens therapy helps with persistent pain without opiates.
12-14-2016, 12:00 PM
Thanks for the tips man! Actually have an inversion table at work here that I'm gonna use. I only went to chiro, not doctor as I figured they would just give me meds, which I don't care for
12-14-2016, 12:11 PM
Edit: and I agree with the guy above. I definitely recommend a GOOD chiro as well. You can generally tell a good chiro from a bad one within the first 15-20 minutes of being in their office and meeting him/her. If you dont like the one you went to, and there are others around, go somewhere else.
12-14-2016, 12:22 PM
I should have taken a pic of the X-ray. Compared to the non "injured" vertebrae, the affected two are essentially 80% closed
12-14-2016, 12:25 PM
12-14-2016, 12:45 PM
Negative, they did one at the chiro so that's all I've got now. Kinda kicking myself for not going to the doctor first
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12-14-2016, 09:36 PM
And, eh, I don't necessarily think a "good" chiro HAS to massage or even have an infrared laser in the office. Those modalities aren't indicated for every patient. A good chiro is able to take what the patient is saying and adapt their treatment course depending on what the patient's history is, what their exam findings are (and actually knowing what the hell they are doing when examining a patient), and what the patient is comfortable with both physically and monetarily. Direct treatments such as ART, massage, graston, etc all have their places but sometimes indirect options such as TENS/IF therapy, traction, postural restoration via muscle activation/strengthenin, etc is all the patient really needs secondarily to the manipulation. Some patients only need a manipulation once a week and feel fine solely with that, so is a chiropractor that performs massage for 3 minutes before the manipulation just so he can bill for it a better chiro than a chiro that skips the "massage" because the patient doesn't need it? I dont think so.
12-15-2016, 02:20 AM
The massage (according to my guy) helps prevent spams and helps him get a good adjustment without using maximum force. He says it stops the muscles from pulling things back right away which is why some people get more pain right after the adjustment. If they're loose then it's easier, if it's tight then he's got to work harder and it may not fully adjust.
I started once a week, then every other, then once a month, now I go as needed. He gives me exercises to do, and showed me how to use KT tape to help me be aware of bad posture and movements that would strain the target area. Dude charges $35 a visit without insurance.
He's probably rare in the industry but I think the guy was amazing. He told me to go get a deep tissue massage seperate if the pain came back and to hit him up if it didn't improve after. We got this Chinese dude in the mall, speaks no English just grunts and you point to where it hurts and he attacks you with elbows and what not. But the next day your feeling AMAZING.
I'm obviously a proponent of chiropractors, buy there are bad ones who can hurt you worse. You gotta talk about the light touch and alternative treatments.
12-22-2016, 12:56 PM
So ended up going to the actual doc as still not getting any better after 2 weeks. Definitely a herniated disc, gave me some steroids and muscle relaxers. Don't like those so only take at night to help sleep as I had been waking up a ton through the night in pain. Gave me some exercises to do to try and help. Have an inversion table at work that I've been using daily. If not better in 3 weeks they want to do an MRI to see what's up. So hoping for some relief the next few weeks.
12-22-2016, 01:07 PM
Smart to get a CT done 🏼 (im assuming since you know its herniated now). Look up "Super D's low back protocol" on youtube. It helps me immensely when my low back flares up.
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