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I broke down several weeks ago and went to the chiropractor about thoracic pain I've been having in addition to the pain I constantly have from my fusion. My medications do a pretty good job with the pain from my surgery, but it isn't touching what I'm feeling in my thoracic area.
I called my PCP who cant get me in until the middle of November (thank you, ACA). So, I went to a chiropractor in town who has good ratings across the board. He did x-rays and said that there was arthritis around T6. I got a copy of the x-rays so I sent them with a friend who is a Radiology PA. Anyway, getting back to the doctor, I told him that I had a fusion which was very obvious in the xrays. I specifically said nothing can be done to that area of my back. So he adjusts my upper back and neck and put me on a TENS unit for 10 minutes. I've done that now for 6 visits. Then, at my last visit, my file was changed and it says they can only use the "Pro Adjuster" on me now. It's like an impact wrench they use to do alignments. So, he uses it on me on my upper back and before I know what's happening, he is using it on my fusion site! I sat up quickly and said that hurts like hel# and he went to another level. The last two days I've been uncomfortable big time around my fusion site. The good news is the thoracic pain isn't as bad as what it was when I first started going.
This is where things get weird. The PA who read my xray called me and said there is no arthritis around that part of my spine. He even had an Ortho looked at it to verify. He said the Ortho recommends an MRI as soon as possible. So, if what the Chiro saw isn't arthritis, but the adjustments have helped that part of my back then I'm a little bit at a loss. I like the Chiro, but given his treatment of my fused area after I have told them repeatedly that my lumbar area is off limits is concerning. Plus, I cannot find any peer reviewed articles on the "Pro Adjuster" to see if this is real medicine or if I'm being sold snake oil.
Has anyone else been treated by a Chiro using one of these devices? After looking on line, I'm finding a lot of negative info, but nothing from a reputable medical source. My Neurosurgeon always told me to stay away from Chiro's but I couldn't take the thoracic pain any longer without doing something.
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