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How can i realign my vertebrae? chiropractic care didn't work. hi there, in april i sustained a spinal injury from dance. i caught my partner in the air while leaning forward too far and heard/felt my spine between the shoulder blades go "pop pop pop po

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Dr. Herbert Krob
Neurology 29 years experience
Should : Should people worry when their chiropractor tells them they have spinal misalignment? Here are some things to think about: the chiropractic concept of spinal misalignment is unique to that industry and controversial, if not frankly refuted, by many in the medical professions. The belief that diseases are caused by displaced vertebrae was first proposed by daniel david palmer (b 1845 -- d 1913). Palmer proposed that "a subluxed vertebra... Is the cause of 95% of all diseases." "subluxation, " as used by the medical profession, means that the bone or joint is dislocated. If you ever have the chance to look at the bones of the spine, you can see that they fit on top of each other and lock into place like... Uhoh, i'm having a hard time finding an analogy... Kind of like treads on an escalator. They are very hard to displace, and if they do become anatomically displaced it is almost always associated with a fracture -- a very serious medical problem. Around the turn of the 20th century, shortly after the discovery of the x-ray, a growing body of radiographic evidence failed to show any evidence of anatomical misalignment. So, chiropractors developed a refinement of the term, called "chiropractic subluxation." chiropractic subluxation has an abstract definition: "a subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health." chiropractic subluxation, as it turns out, has been no less controversial. In 2009, an article written by 3 chiropractors and a phd in physical education conducted an extensive review of chiropractic knowledge and literature and concluded: "no supportive evidence is found for the chiropractic subluxation being associated with any disease process or of creating suboptimal health conditions requiring intervention. Regardless of popular appeal this leaves the subluxation construct in the realm of unsupported speculation. This lack of supportive evidence suggests the subluxation construct has no valid clinical applicability." (chiropractic & osteopathy 2009, 17:13) when considering whether to continue chiropractic treatments or to pursue alternatives like physical therapy, one should have a good idea of the risks of chiropractic treatments. It turns out that mild adverse effects of chiropractic manipulation affect about half of all patients. These adverse effects include pain, numbness, stiffness, dizziness and headaches. (ernst, e. (2001) prospective investigations into the safety of spinal manipulation. Journal of pain and symptom management, 21(3), 238-242.) severe and even life-threatening consequences of chiropractic manipulation have been reported, but the frequency of these events is unknown. (ernst, e. (2008) chiropractic: a critical evaluation. Journal of pain and symptom management, 35(5), 544-562.).
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Sports Medicine 30 years experience
Remember that there are great chiropractors who know their limits with respect to treatment. Find one that has good working relationship with other medical practitioners. Beware of claims by chiropractors who claim to be able to treat everything.
Sep 16, 2013
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Physical therapy.: Have your doctor evaluate you and see if you'd benefit from physical therapy. It may resolve your issue.

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