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  • Lovelife
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    Dr. Corenman, thank you again for responding to my message with very helpful information. I am not trying to beat a dead horse, just make sure I am doing the right things in order to feel better. I was in a graduate medical program before being put on medical leave and really want to get back and finish. If things are not improving by early summer, I may seek out a consult with you at your practice in Vail.
    Your advice and thoughts have been very useful and again I thank you.

    Lovelife
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    Dr. Corenman post=1516 wrote: I know that chiropractors use the X-ray as a tool to determine if the vertebra are “out of alignment” but the findings on X-ray indicating alignment issues are really not accurate. It is the palpation of the vertebra that really indicates restriction of motion. Using palpation skills, a chiropractor can “feel” restrictions in movement of one vertebra to the next and then deliver a thrust (adjustment) to mobilize that motion segment.

    Many chiropractors manipulate the entire spine as they believe that a spine without restrictions of movement, even in non-painful regions, will allow the painful segments to function better.

    Dr. Corenman

    Dr. Corenman,
    can you give me an idea of how long it takes for a new patient to get an appointment?
    I can contact Sarah to see about setting something up. What typically happens on a first visit for someone in my case with almost one year of thoracic spine pain (If you were willing to see me, I have no problems with traveling there). Sorry if these are basic questions, but I am beginning to think a clinician needs to just do a thorough exam of my spine to try to determine what and where the dysfunction is and why it’s causing pain. If there is not an answer to this, at least I know I tried everything.
    Thank you again.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I do not handle new patient appointments as my nurses take care of me in that department. They know I am incapable of that task. You would have to call DIana or Sarah for that information at (970) 476-1100

    New patients have about an hour appointment but if it takes longer to determine the course of action, so be it. I require X-rays and an MRI or CT myelogram to review to make the diagnosis. Both tests can be accomplished at my clinic. Many times, diagnostic injections are ordered and can be performed within 1-2 days of the appointment. There are times that prior tests have to be repeated. Occasionally, a consult is needed to a neurologist for an EMG or such.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE 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.
    Lovelife
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    Dr. Corneman,
    got your message regarding my images and thank you.
    I figured it is some kind of joint dysfunction so I shall attempt rehab again as you suggest. I was probably a bit over tested in this situation but mistakes were made with my lumbar spine so there’s a bit of paranoia now.

    Hopefully my school academic advisor will allow me back in with better knowledge in August… they were more concerned about instability because of my history and want me to be able to succeed in a tough program.

    Thank you so much!
    You are an amazing doctor and person and I thank you for taking the time you have.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Good luck.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE 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.
    Lovelife
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    Dr. Corenman,
    I have one final question … sorry .

    The chiropractor I saw (noted in previous post) indicated that on x-ray my thoracic spinous processes aligned like forward and backward slashes:

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    That mis-alignment seems pretty extreme but if true I would suspect chiropractic would be the only way to alleviate it. It is not something I have felt personally and has never been noted at that level of problem.
    I know you view a lot of images, but no other clinician made a note of this problem, other than the first doctor I saw thought T11 had “slipped”…. and there is the T7/8 weirdness. Is the above a reasonable assessment to you based upon what you saw (if you remember) on my images? Just trying to make sure that I understand the possible pain generators before trying rehabilitation as I don’t have much time to waste doing the wrong thing. I also have some sporadic twitching of my bicep muscle and don’t want to make that worse.
    Thank you again if you have any insight.

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