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Doctor insights on: Chiropractic Adjustment Side Effects

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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. ...Read more

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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!! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more