Back pain and chiropractors?

So i have been experiencing lower back pain for a couple year now from gymnastics (you can read more about this in my question “gymnast with back pain”). I have been thinking about going to a chiropractor? I have tried EVERYTHING and this seems like my last choice. Can anyone fill me in on chiropractors, what they will do to me/ my back, and if it will be fixed forever or temporarily. Any info. u can think of regarding chiropractors, i would like to read it. Thanks!
Also, my mom says she doesnt trust them? should i be worried too?

5 thoughts on “Back pain and chiropractors?

  1. The English Teacher

    In the initial visit, they usually take an x-ray of your back to see where the problems are. After that they will adjust you in different positions for different parts of your back and neck. Usually it doesn’t hurt, but you will feel the movement and hear the cracking. I don’t know why your mom doesn’t trust them, but for many years the AMA has been behind a smear campaign against chiropractors and your mom might have heard about this. I have been going to a chiropractor for years and they have helped me a lot. It takes a while for the muscles to become used to the new position of the vertebrae, so, you will likely have to see one for a few months at least until you feel better.

  2. hasse_john

    some are good, some are bad, some are ugly. There should be positions that help, and exercises that help to balance things.

  3. thenoseknows

    Find a chiropractor who advertises that they specialize in sports injuries.
    My Mom wasn’t sure about chiropractors either, until she injured her back and went to physiotherapy for 3 months. Physio did absolutely nothing. My chiropractor had her completely pain free in two visits.
    A chiropractor manually realigns your vertebrae through an “adjustment”. No, it doesn’t hurt. S/he will probably also give you some back exercises to do. Make sure you do them, because you have to retrain your muscles to stay in their normal position after being pulled out of alignment with your spine.
    It should fix your problem permanently, unless of course you do something to knock it out again.

  4. 12pleze

    Being an ex- body builder and now disabled 20 years later with 12 back sugeries, I know that a chroprator may help but 2 things. 1 is that he will need you to come at 100.00 a visit 3x a week and 2 it can hurt back in long term. Go to physical therapy and take Advil.

  5. TigerPython

    Chiropractors can definitely help you out. They know many adjustments suited to what you need to have worked on. To do this, they will need to have some X-rays and will palpate what hurts. When you first start, you will probably have to go 3 times a week in the beginning and then down to 1 a week and then twice a month. It is suggested you keep it up even when things feel better. It’s like braces, they will fix everything but in time things will move back to where they were.

    Adjustments usually feel really good, sometimes they may make you sore, but it’s better in the long run. It has improved my migraines by 100%, helped my knee pain, and helped my lower back pain.

    There is no 100% if you will be cured or not, same thing with any doctor. And chiropractors also know all physical therapy as well, and it’s cheaper than physical therapists which is why some people are against it. Chiropractors are cheaper than the rest of the doctors, the problem is they are more limited on what insurances will cover it.

    There is nothing to worry about anything going wrong. Chiropractic care is one of the safest things you can do. Don’t believe me? The amount of money that they pay for malpractice insurance is about $1500-2000 a year. A regular doctor’s malpractice insurances costs in amounts of $70,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. They have more risk in injury, so don’t worry about something bad happening at a chiropractor.

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