thedaisy1963MemberDecember 12, 2014 at 4:51 amPost count: 5
I was in a car accident years ago; chronic neck and shoulder pain which was worsened when i pulled hip muscle near top of left hip water skiing. Since then my left side muscles from ear to knee tight, hurt, spasm. Had cervical issues and discectomy C6/C7 2 years ago. After surgery the knife in my neck was gone, but the spasm in shoulder area and up and down the line were not; a round of PT helped, but i’m back in bad shape again. I have felt all along that my hip being out – rotated forward on the right, was exacerbating the problem.
So made an appt with a Physical Medicine and Rehab doc. x-rays show lower spine as bad as upper spine (but only tingling at this point). However, she did refer me to a chiropractor for Orthospinology.
He saw that C1 rotated 9 degrees one way and C2 rotated the other way. He gently tapped them back in place, and i could feel things settle. Hip went back without my pounding on it (which is what i have done in the past)…. So my concern is we now know a problem but if ligaments are not stable or whatever is pulling these two out of line not corrected, how can i get these two discs to line up? Is there any orthopedic solution to this problem and/or do you have a recommendation. As always, thanks for being so generous with your time.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorDecember 15, 2014 at 6:44 amPost count: 8583
Vertebra do not go “in or out”. Each motor segment has a certain range of motion. This motion can be restricted by injury to the joints or discs. Chiropractic manipulation will increase motion by releasing the vacuum of the joints (joints are under suction).
Chiropractic will not move these vertebra “back into place” as they were never “out of place”. Chiropractic will increase the motion of the segments but that is something different. Along with manipulation, you need rehab strengthening and range of motion to strengthen the muscles and stretch the ligaments.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.