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Has anyone here received chiropractic care? If yes, how was it going into it the first time? And did you see improvement?

Have recently noticed a pain in my upper back/lower neck with left hand numbness/weakness and tremors. I’m thinking pinched nerve and contemplating a chiropractic visit.
 

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Has anyone here received chiropractic care? If yes, how was it going into it the first time? And did you see improvement?

Have recently noticed a pain in my upper back/lower neck with left hand numbness/weakness and tremors. I’m thinking pinched nerve and contemplating a chiropractic visit.
From Wikipedia (with sources):
Numerous controlled clinical studies of treatments used by chiropractors have been conducted, with conflicting results.[4] Systematic reviews of this research have not found evidence that chiropractic manipulation is effective, with the possible exception of treatment for back pain.[4] A critical evaluation found that collectively, spinal manipulation was ineffective at treating any condition.[10] Spinal manipulation may be cost-effective for sub-acute or chronic low back pain but the results for acute low back pain were insufficient.[11]
I've had patients and nurses tell me it was effective for them, but of course that should be taken with a grain of salt because very few would spontaneously initiate a discussion just to say it didn't work.
My opinion would be that if proper clinical studies can't find evidence of it's effectiveness, then I'd only suggest it's worth trying if the pain has become a moderate lengthy burden and you have the money & don't want to involve more expensive licensed medical professionals and costly radiography, nerve conduction studies. I'd be weary about cervical chiropractic intervention though... Or vertebrael period. There's a good reason we don't manipulate the spine in hospital when numbness/weakness/burning etc symptoms are present.
 
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Yeah, I've always been a bit nervous when it came to manipulating the spine as they do in chiropractors. I've seen videos of cervical spine adjustments and they look violent for such a delicate part of the body. My neck is not a piece of dough on a dough-hook to punch and twist. I also don't wanna go in and then start telling the chiro what to do and not to do. I don't like the maintenance idea though either. I get this done, but I also do kickboxing, so I don't wanna have to keep going once a week at least. Might just wait this out and see if it gets better.
 
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Has anyone here received chiropractic care? If yes, how was it going into it the first time? And did you see improvement?

Have recently noticed a pain in my upper back/lower neck with left hand numbness/weakness and tremors. I’m thinking pinched nerve and contemplating a chiropractic visit.
Some people aware they’re great other say they’re waste of time...

I would go ahead and see a neurologist. Because of the numbness/ weekness/ tremors I would want to make sure nothing serious going on there are several things that onset in young adults that you would want to know.
 

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Neck/back pain (even with extremity numbness/tingling/weakness) are rarely correlated to a physiological abnormality that can be identified by CT/MRI. Generally these are diagnosed on symptoms alone and regardless, the treatment is the same in either case. Peripheral neuropathy, pinched nerve, fibromyalgia, etc ... Take NSAID's, gabapentin or corticosteroids.
I don't think invasive imaging would be warranted under these circumstances but it would be diagnostically useful if a MD/neurologist prescribed a medication for nerve pain. If it helps, then you know it's nerve related. If not, you have other avenues of possibilities. If things become serious, I.e. dysfunctional motor movements, substantial numbness or altered sensations.. See a neurologist immediately. Otherwise, "watchful waiting" is what I would do if I was in your shoes. If it's just noticable and not debilitating.. then I don't see much of a rationale for some kind of huge neurology workup. That said, seeing a neurologist is a good idea IF there's reasonable concern this could get worse and is already impacting your daily life.
I only say this because Kory's post doesn't seem to exhibit this being a hugely alarming and debilitating problem. Final note: Seeing a doctor would never hurt, and there could certainly be something going on requires professional intervention.
 
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Neck/back pain (even with extremity numbness/tingling/weakness) are rarely correlated to a physiological abnormality that can be identified by CT/MRI. Generally these are diagnosed on symptoms alone and regardless, the treatment is the same in either case. Peripheral neuropathy, pinched nerve, fibromyalgia, etc ... Take NSAID's, gabapentin or corticosteroids.
I don't think invasive imaging would be warranted under these circumstances but it would be diagnostically useful if a MD/neurologist prescribed a medication for nerve pain. If it helps, then you know it's nerve related. If not, you have other avenues of possibilities. If things become serious, I.e. dysfunctional motor movements, substantial numbness or altered sensations.. See a neurologist immediately. Otherwise, "watchful waiting" is what I would do if I was in your shoes. If it's just noticable and not debilitating.. then I don't see much of a rationale for some kind of huge neurology workup. That said, seeing a neurologist is a good idea IF there's reasonable concern this could get worse and is already impacting your daily life.
I only say this because Kory's post doesn't seem to exhibit this being a hugely alarming and debilitating problem. Final note: Seeing a doctor would never hurt, and there could certainly be something going on requires professional intervention.
Yeah I don't think I have any neurodegenerative disease...just some discomfort. Wanted to see the opinions on chiropractic care since people are certainly strongly one way or the other. From what I gather reading around...there's some really good and really bad experiences...rarely anything in the middle.

Much like how my orthopedic took care of my meniscus injury, it was a conservative, physical therapy approach, that's how I'm probably gonna handle this. Man, it's a pain getting old.
 
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Yeah I don't think I have any neurodegenerative disease...just some discomfort. Wanted to see the opinions on chiropractic care since people are certainly strongly one way or the other. From what I gather reading around...there's some really good and really bad experiences...rarely anything in the middle.

Much like how my orthopedic took care of my meniscus injury, it was a conservative, physical therapy approach, that's how I'm probably gonna handle this. Man, it's a pain getting old.
Aging is not for sissies!
 

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