Edited to add: Of course, I do know where you are coming from in wanting to try it....we all get to a point where we have had enough and will do just about anything for some form of relief. Just make sure you have him go over all of the pros and cons involved and tell him you want it straight from the hip, nothing worse than feeling like you were lied to afterwards.
well to me something throws up a red flag . A medical Dr. referring you to a Chiropractor ??????
He should have referred you to PT .
label this posting "in defence of chiropracters"
i liven in davenport, iowa for a while, which is the home of the oldest school of chiropractic in the world. several of my friends were chiropractic students, so i guess that i just became less sceptical than most of you seem to be.
afteer i hurt my back when i fell down a flight of stairs. i immediatly thought of my friends who were chiropractic students and sought out a chiropracter rather than go to the er. (stupid mistake re: insurance companies!). the chiropracter helped a LOT with the immediate pain and referred me to several neurologists for evaluation. the neurologists were a mixed bag. they were all ofer the range. one said that i was faking the pain to get narcotics (i wasn't taking any at the time) and another wanted to do a laminectomy on me immediately. money motivated as gramps has said? i don't really know. i DO know, however, that this chiropracter did me a lot of good and kept me mobile. i have seen several chiropracters after we moved from that area, with varriying degrees of success. could it be the individual rather than the dicipline? makes one think. . . .
best of luck.
I will say this for chiropractic care. I live in a large town and chiropractor offices are popping up on every corner just like donut shops & nail shops and I am not exaggerating either. Parker College is one of the big chiropractor schools and they are turning these guys out left & right. After graduating from Parker College they are left with huge school loans, while in school they are told to buy all of the high tech equipment that is expensive and does crap for you and me. When they bill our insurance companies for it, they won't pay for it either. Then, they have to lease a spot and set up shop. The school fills their heads with so much crap on how they are going to make all this money and they believe it. Alot of them find out the hard way its not that easy out there in the dog eat dog world and its so competitive since there are so many chiros out there.
The best chiropractors are what I call the old school guys. The ones that don't have all the fancy useless machines that get billed to you the consumer. They actually only do massage , light traction, e-stim, cold/hot packs, and some ultrasound. They will also show you exercises to do at home. They don't try to sell you a bunch of supplements either. I told my sister what to look for in one, she found this guy and he has really helped her a great deal with her low back problems.
Not trying to rain on anyone's parade because we all have our own thoughts in what we look for. Susie