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arthritis in neck?

Hi everyone

I went to the chiropractor as I've been feeling ill for a long time now and someone told me keeping adjustments can help with your overall help. I've had mild neck pain on and off, but nothing to suggest i had serious issues. anyhow, i got x rayed and it was a shock to find out I've arthritis in the neck, and also very bad alignment. The chiropractor said it was from whiplash, and my neck has lost its curve. He says i need to go for 2 adjustments a week for 4 weeks, then down to one a week, then we will see where to go from here. I'm heart broken as I've been through years of bad health in general and too me this is unrelated and more bad news. however, he says that its affecting my general health....energy, mood etc etc. Im going to go to my primary care dr and ask his opinion. to be honest if i sign up for this its going to take so much energy and money - both of which are limited for me. this is all new to me. I'm quite upset about it. please any opinions would be helpful

ps i saw the X-ray and it didn't look all that different from the normal one, just slightly, but then i don't have a trained eye. he said it would just get worse over time if i didn't address it. the alignment and posture did look bad though.



  • Hi Jan35,

    I think if it were me I would seek a second opinion from a doctor before committing to the course of treatment from the chiropractor. I'm quite wary of anyone who feels they can manipulate the vertibrae in my neck or anywhere in my spine for that matter. When you think that so many nerves are encased by the various bones in the neck moving them seems a bad idea unless there is some really strong evidence to do so. If your chiro sees the need on the x ray but it looks normal to you you need another opinion. It could save you money and the risk of possibly injuring your neck.

    Hope this helps,


  • hi Phil

    thank you so much for your reply. After doing some reading, manipulation of the neck can be very dangerous! its not worth the risk for me. I have an appointment with my own Dr later this month, and have already decided against it (was up doing my research last night!) I regret going to the chiropractor.... it caused me a lot of upset, money and time this week. I just want to process my experience so the reasons and red flags are as follows, some of these might not be actual red flags and might be normal but i have no other experience with C to compare to: (by the way he has a couple of 5 star reviews and i didn't want to write a negative one!)

    1. My discount was supposed to be an assessment with 2 adjustments. The receptionist booked my two appointments for the same week, and gave me the impression that was when i would get the adjustments. so i booked them this week, when I'm off work and my child is being minded. the first visit was different exams and x rays. the 2nd was going through the results, and trying to sign me up for months of treatment. still not mention of the 2 free adjustments, which is why i went in in the first place. basically these can be added on to the rest of your treatment, but because I've decided not to go for months and ££££ of treatment, ill not be getting them.

    2. Also I found it weird that another lady kept walking in and standing behind us when we were having our consultation. She was to take over, with forms etc each time, but i didn't know who she was apart from her first name, and i didn't feel comfortable discussing my health and results each in front of a stranger/ secretary. that didn't seem professional.

    3. I had to wait about 30 minutes each time, it was like there were 3 or 4 of us all booked in at the same time, the doors to treatment rooms where left open and you could hear/see people getting their adjustments. Both visits i was brought into the 'scanning' room where there were posters on the wall, and left to sit there and look at them. these posters had diagrams convincing me that if i didn't get regular chiropractor care for months and years my symptoms would relapse. One poster had pictures of various 'subluxations' (bones not aligned properly) and from my reading there is a lot of controversy about this - apparently some chiropractors try to use these as a scare tactic to make you think its serious and you need help, and they find them in everyone. Honestly, I was trying hard to see what he was talking about and could only notice it very slightly but he kept exaggerating it to be very serious every time we commented on it. He kept asking me 'whats going to happen if you don't do anything about this', and other questions as if i was a child ....trying to get me to come up with the answer myself to convince myself that I need it.

    4 He put across an excellent sales talk. You just know when that is being done to you! I'm not stupid.....I just felt it, that uneasiness you get when someone is trying their hardest to convince you!

    5 My original reason for going was actually not pain. Yet he kept saying he can make my headaches go away (i do have some pain but not enough to take painkillers etc) . He asked me how i was on the 2nd visit and i had an especially tender neck that day and he said 'no wonder' - as of course with my awful spinal issues its natural i would feel that way!! I was naturally worried about the arthritis, and asked him would it help, and also could it help me feel better in general, and he answered yes to everything, that the arthritis would be reversed if i got bones re-aligned, that i would have more energy etc etc. From doing various reading, there is nothing to suggest he can cure arthritis, and because we don't have a guarantee that the bone curvature is causing all my various symptoms (lots of symptoms that are nothing to do with pain, that he didn't even ask me about), how can he be sure that i can be helped by him?

    6. You can get your kid checked for free. this is a huge red flag. healthy kids don't need a chiropractor! the idea is to everyone patients to become for life

    7. once you sign up and complete the first stage, you then have to go to an information evening. I am guessing this is to further convince you of the need for life long chiropractor treatments every month.

    Apparently physical therapy, specific stretches, and massage are just as effective as chiropractor. The only good thing i got from this was realise I do need to improve my posture and strengthen the muscles, and ill look into ways of doing that. I will also check with my own Dr about this arthritis. After reading about how practically everyone who goes to a chiropractor gets diagnosed with the same issues, I'm not as scared about my 'serious misalignment' etc. I never realised the field was so corrupt as id never looked into it before.

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  • Hi jan35
    Hope you are still around and up-date us on how you are doing. Phil gave you some great advice and I do hear that some things can be helped with Chiropractors but we do need to be advised I think to go to one by a doctor. I have personally never saw one and with my spine problems I would never like you said things don't add up and we have to be careful to avoid more damage.
    You did a great job in researching things out and yes I would never take a child to one that one really got to me. Neck issues are serious and we do need to get the right doctors and find out what we can to make things better so make sure you pursue doing that and getting a plan on how to improve.
    I just about a month ago started having some slight issues with mine like sharp pain shooting down the neck and also pressure on the back of my head so I am for sure getting that checked out. I use heat and watch how I sleep or move for right now. I did read that reading or whatever with your head bent is not good puts a lot of pressure on your spine. Have you noticed anything that makes it worse or better yet?
    Our bodies are so complex right so we need the help of doctor's to get to the bottom of it.
    Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
  • Hi Sherri

    I'm sorry to hear about the shooting pain down your neck, how is it now? Did you get it seen to? yes i read with my head bent and i can feel the pressure and try not to but i have to lie down a lot so its tough!

    So, I went to my GP and explained everything and he referred me to the proper department to get an x ray, and was quite dubious about my whole experience. he said everyone's spine has a normal curve, and everyone will have normal wear and tear as they get older. I'm not too worried about it now - if there is something wrong, they will find it but I'm not going to spend all my resources on this chiropractor with no evidence. Will keep you posted.....probably a long wait to get seen to



  • Nothing anyone can do in terms of pulling body parts would be permanent. Your body will just return to it’s “normal” positioning. We are not made of malleable materials like soft metals. Only an orthopedic specialist can properly review your specific case. It is my opinion that chiropractors are like drug dealers who want to get you hooked on what they are selling; whereas, orthopedic surgeons want to get you “back into the game” in a reasonable amount of time in the most effecacious way possible. But again, that’s my opinion.

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