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Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby nab1000 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:03 am

Ok so i really dont feel like going to the doctors. Here is what happened. I'm only 17 and was kiting with a 12m in 25knot+ winds, wearing full boots, and waiste harness. Comming down after ditching an L3 i went belly flop into an oncomming wave making me bend in half as if i was trying to touch my heels to my head. During this i felt sharp pain in my lower back thinking i had just pulled a back muscle. It has been over a month now and still feel pain in this spot. At the time when i had it checked by the on island vet i was told it is a enflamed disk, but am not sure even what that is except i could feel this pain the rest of my life and it get progressively worse.

So the place i'm feeling my pain is in my lower back in the back bone, as if its between 2 bones. However, it only really hurts unless i bend backwards like how it happened in the first place.

Any info on this and how i might be able to help it (Crunches/sit-ups?) would be very welcome.

thanks

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Re: Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby MistralWind » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:09 am

its your back!!! you'll need it if want to continue kitesurfing and walk when your over 30 years old, go to a doctor!

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Re: Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby Goldy » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:30 am

You really do need to see a doctor or physiotherapist, or a good chiropractor. You are young enough that if it was merely soft tissue - then rest and some anti inflam meds would have helped by now. If you do see a chiro then be sure that he does do an x-ray before he works on you at all. A good chiro will know when to send you on if it is something he cannot treat,... but you do need to get a proper assesment of your situation. Either see a doctor, a chiro or a good physio - get a proper assessment and then you can get on with healing properly. Sometimes the soft tissues in an area that have "gone beyond their normal range", - can try to protect that area to such a degree that they actually keep you in pain. From what you describe it is beyond core strengthening exercises - since the pain seems quite specific, you really need to seek professional help. If you don't have any numbness or pain down your leg then there is not likely a bulge of the disc - .... . The sooner you get it treated properly the sooner you'll get better.

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Re: Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby scklandl » Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:10 am

youll will be covered costwise if youre uninsured by either the state the federal or even a local hospital program at your age so dont worry about the $. get your $hit lookd at.

and make sure you get refered to a proper doctor, dont go see the back doc who works on old ladies go see someone who specializes in athletes

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Re: Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby Neill » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:47 am

I'm a physio, but i'm also in another country. Sounds like you hyperextended your spine, the most likely injury is to the posterior portion of the disc which sounds exactly like what you are describing. I would advise against seeing a chiropractor, but then again i'm biased :D

Personally i would see a good physio who specialises in manipulative therapy (manual therapy). It should be reasonably easily fixed if it's only happening when you extend.

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Re: Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby cdakiter » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:33 am

I recommend the physical therapist route, not only do they help things get back to where they should be, they teach exercises that can help avoid injury in the future. My PT shows me how to help myself. I think cost wise they are also a better bet, ~ $35 here in Idaho.
That's 20 min. of some electro-therapy gizmo(warm and tingly), 10min localised ultrasound massage, then some stretching and exercise advise.
My old chiro laid me out, reefed me around a bit, then sent me on my way. Same cost.
Add x-rays to those visits and the price goes up a bit.

Also, it may sound too obvious, but 10 min. of heat (moist goes deeper, the best is a tub) followed by 10 of ice is very important. Get the swelling down.

If you don't see a doc, exercise after the pain is gone, I'd say.

Take care man, you'll be over it by summer I bet.

Scott

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Re: Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby scklandl » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:59 am

again spend ALOT of time searching out the best health expert around.

most MDs, chriopractors, PTs suck

there are just a few good ones, who will spend the time to figure out what really happened and what will work best for you.

heres the problem breakdown

MDs usually prescribe/inject something to alleviate the swelling and thats about it

chiros adjust and get the spine in position but do little to fix the muscles that are pulling everything out

PTs get you doing exercises and stretching too soon and that aggravates an already bad situation and does little to clean up the injury


MY plan for anyone with a severe problem is to go to the MD and make sure there was not some serious disk, ligament, muscle damage

then find a chiro, PT, Massage therapist that will spend some serious time with you (if someone spends less than a half hour with you after the initial consult, just get up and leave)

you will need physical manipulation of all the tissue in the area, something to comfort and protect the area in the meantime, and a strengthening plan to rehab the area once the tissue is solidly healed.

lucky your young, youll be 100% quickly if you find the right person AND commit to the therapy

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Re: Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby FredBGG » Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:48 am

Neill wrote:I'm a physio, but i'm also in another country. Sounds like you hyperextended your spine, the most likely injury is to the posterior portion of the disc which sounds exactly like what you are describing. I would advise against seeing a chiropractor, but then again i'm biased :D

Personally i would see a good physio who specialises in manipulative therapy (manual therapy). It should be reasonably easily fixed if it's only happening when you extend.

Strange..... you don't recommend a Chiropractor, but you recommend a phisiotherapist that does manipulative therapy...... but isn't that what a chiropractor does???? One difference the Chiropractor trains for 5 years..... the phisiotherapist much less.

That said there are crap chiropractors and really excellent ones..... same goes for phisiotherapists.

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Re: Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby Galeltic » Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:23 am

i had around 7 times whirplash from vehicle accidents and sports
i always visit for phyiso , acupuncture / massage thats all
it s good magic healing also u need some stretch excrise at your home after phyiso will tell u , also
massage will tell u , too

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Re: Back Problem Help... Any Chiropractors here?

Postby Golden Cobia » Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:41 am

I had a similar occurrence when I was 16. bent over backward by a wave and left with a pain in the lower back. I thought the same thing.... pulled a muscle, nothing major. Thankfully where I'm from you can go to the hospital without fearing a lifetime of debt, so I did, and they found I had cracked the L3 vertebrae. had to lay in bed for 30 days and then wear a strapped support thing for several months and work hard regaining muscle strength after the long inactivity. Not a bad age for that kind of injury though. I recovered fast and never had any issues with my back afterwards.
so yes, just for kicks, get an x-ray.


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