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Doctor insights on: After A Chiropractic Adjustment

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Is it serious to have a muscle spasm last two days after a chiropractic adjustment?

Is it serious to have a muscle spasm last two days after a chiropractic adjustment?

Nor necessarily: Muscles, tendons and joints sometime take longer than the 24 hours that you would anticipate to recover from manipulation. This would be particularly true if the was damage to the area prior to treatment.

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Neck pain and weakness after chiropractic adjustment, should I be concerned?

Neck pain and weakness after chiropractic adjustment, should I be concerned?

Depends on whether: It was there to begin with ;severity as well if any radiation into limbs as well if associated with any other neurologic issues like numbness.If symptoms are troublesome ; persisting/worsening, see physician for evaluation. If resolves, inform chiropractor as to what occurred to avoid any future issues. You may have a spinal instability or spinal stenosis or a large disc herniation or combo.

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What to do about neck pain and weakness after chiropractic adjustment?

What to do about neck pain and weakness after chiropractic adjustment?

See a Spine Surgeon: By weakness, are you referring to new onset arm or leg weakness? You need to get quickly evaluated by a spinal surgeon. If you are having progressive arm (s)/leg (s) weakness, then you will need to present to your local emergency room. Your cervical spine has to be evaluated with advanced imaging to ensure that you do not have any cord compression or severe stenosis.

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Is it possible the day after a chiropractic neck adjustment to have a really bad headache?

Is it possible the day after a chiropractic neck adjustment to have a really bad headache?

Yes: This can happen after any manual manipulation. It doesn't mean anything was necessarily wrong with the adjustment, but it could have caused a muscle spasm that leads to a headache. If you notice any other symptoms, like slurring of words or one sided weakness, see a physician immediately. With a hx of a spinal fusion though, be very cautious with who you see and how much is done. Hope that helps!

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After chiropractic adjustment, lumbar is loose and pops by itself. Undergoing spinal decompression w/ the same effect. Why? Lumbar now feels fragile.

After chiropractic adjustment, lumbar is loose and pops by itself. Undergoing spinal decompression w/ the same effect. Why? Lumbar now feels fragile.

Family practice: I would like to talk to you about your back and symptoms. I'm not sure what you mean by fragile you first stated that decompression therapy helped. Was that right?

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Sore throat after chiropractic adjustment, normal?

Sore throat after chiropractic adjustment, normal?

No it is not: No it is not normal to get sore throat after chiropractic adjustment.

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Which one is more beneficial chiropractic adjustment or a massage?

Which one is more beneficial chiropractic adjustment or a massage?

Condition Specific: While all spinal conditions show the best results with a combination of spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) and physical rehabilitation. Massage may be beneficial to assist with acute pain and to facilitate chiropractic and rehabilitation.

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Could a chiropractic adjustment help with cervical dystonia are there any risks?

Could a chiropractic adjustment help with cervical dystonia are there any risks?

Risk: Cervical manipulation may seem attractive but there is a risk of the manipulation. The maneuver can rarely cause a tear of the inner lining of the vertebral artery at the C1-2 level. There have been numerous reports of this happening. The result is damage to the brain stem and spinal cord called "locked In", paralysis from the level of the eyes down. Don't have the manipulation!!

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What to do if I had a chiropractic adjustment. What is best sleeping position?

What to do if I had a chiropractic adjustment. What is best sleeping position?

Generally avoiding: Sleeping on your stomach and using a relatively single flat pillow. Sleeping on your back with a pillow beneath your knees or on your side with your knees bent and possibly with a pillow between them are several suggestions.

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Is it dangerous to have a chiropractic adjustment with a 9mm disc herniation at l5/s1?

Is it dangerous to have a chiropractic adjustment with a 9mm disc herniation at l5/s1?

Yes: A herniated disc is a contraindication to manipulation....You could make it worse.

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With the chiropractic adjustment and correct placement...No doubt a costochondral separation of 2nd rib. What areas are affected by this injury?

With the chiropractic adjustment and correct placement...No doubt a costochondral separation of 2nd rib. What areas are affected by this injury?

Back and chest: The second rib has three attachments. Thoracic vertebral body, transverse process and costal cartilage in front. If it's separated and moves about it can cause pain in the intercostal (between rib) muscles above and below due to compression and stretch injury. See an orthopedic surgeon for a consultation and treatment plan.

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Can chiropractic neck "cracking" adjustment reduce dizziness caused by cervical foraminal stenosis?

Can chiropractic neck "cracking" adjustment reduce dizziness caused by cervical foraminal stenosis?

Not recommended: Neck cracking done as "head thrusts" is considered potentially unsafe and should be avoided. The academy of neurology has come out against this procedure due to high risks of artery dissection and fatal stroke which can occur. I have seen 3 cases of these consequences while in training. I advise all my patients to reconsider doing such maneuvers. Risks vs. Benefits ratio unacceptably high.

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Can a bad chiropractic adjustment of the lower extremity cause permanent disability? Ex.pubic symphysis.

Can a bad chiropractic adjustment of the lower extremity cause permanent disability? Ex.pubic symphysis.

Unlikely: Forces required to disrupt injure the human pelvic ring are massive in the lab and beyond what can be produced by hands applied externally

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Can a chiropractic neck adjustment cause throat tightness sensations?

Can a chiropractic neck adjustment cause throat tightness sensations?

Yes: Chiropractic massage/adjustment is strenuous and should never be allowed on the neck. The back is strong enough usually to withstand it. There have been a number of cases of paralysis, fracture and stroke at the hands of chiros overdoing it on the neck. If your neck troubles you, see an orthopedic specialist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Has there been any research on the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment on babies? Is it beneficial from chronic ear infections?

Has there been any research on the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment on babies? Is it beneficial from chronic ear infections?

No!: If a chiropractor tells you he can treat your ear infections, you should run away. And if attempts this on your baby, you should run even faster!

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Do chiropractic adjustments usually hurt?

Do chiropractic adjustments usually hurt?

Not Typically: Chiropractic is typically a very comfortable procedure, however, during acute phases, when tissues are already inflamed and there is some discomfort, the adjustment may be somewhat sensitive. Talk to your Doctor of Chiropractic and express any concerns. There are over 300 chiropractic techniques, some involving instruments, or specialized table to make you more comfortable.

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Could chiropractic adjustments be unsafe if I have osteoporosis?

Could chiropractic adjustments be unsafe if I have osteoporosis?

First you are 21: Is unlikely especially in a male to have osteoporosis, physicians do not believe diseases are corrected by adjustments, lacks verifiable scientific data but physical therapy component may help you for back pains. Yes in proven osteoporosis unsafe to manipulate spine, but you have to find from your provider who is performing.