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Matthew Swartz
04-30-2012, 11:49 AM
Some background on the issue. There was no marked event where I hurt something, it has been more of a gradual process of growing discomfort. I got fed up and went to the chiro.

At the chiro, X-rays showed that my right hip is higher than my left, causing a tiny curve in my low spine. The chiro thinks that some muscle is being impinged as a result.

For the past 2-3 weeks, I've undergone electro-stim, ultrasound, as adjustment 3x a week. On top of that I've been alternating ice and heat and hitting a MWOD a day. I've cut crossfit completely and have been swimming in training for an open water 750m on mothers day for my mom in a triathlon. All of the swims have been under 600m up to today, so nothing too strenuous.

Reason why I'm posting is that I have not seen any significant, even moderate improvement. A day away from the chiro and I start feeling a pinching discomfort again. Does anyone have any advice or experience with somethin g like this?

Typed on an iPhone so mind spelling mistakes. Thanks in advance.

Steven Low
05-01-2012, 07:18 AM
See a different chiro or physical therapist.

When you "adjust" or manipulate someone you need to generally give them corrective exercises to help reinforce good neural patterns.

If he's just manipulating and then doing modalities that's not going to fix the problem as you found out and it's just milking you for money. Unfortunately, this happens with all sorts of practitioners in every field.

Matthew Swartz
05-01-2012, 12:23 PM
See a different chiro or physical therapist.

When you "adjust" or manipulate someone you need to generally give them corrective exercises to help reinforce good neural patterns.

If he's just manipulating and then doing modalities that's not going to fix the problem as you found out and it's just milking you for money. Unfortunately, this happens with all sorts of practitioners in every field.

Steven,

Thanks for the response, you were the guy I was looking forward to hearing from. I was given a little booklet of stretching exercises that had 5-6 stretches which I did for the first few days, but they didn't seem to do anything. Switched over to MWODs instead. Bad choice?

Matt

Steven Low
05-01-2012, 01:33 PM
Well, I mean, do you know what your diagnosis is? Do you believe it's accurate?

MWOD is good if you're healthy but if you're loosening up things that aren't supposed to be loosened and whatnot that's not a good thing

Matthew Swartz
05-01-2012, 02:36 PM
Haven't been given a straight diagnosis. I'm going tomorrow, so I'll be sure to ask that. It made sense what we were trying to fix, getting more mobility in my base trunk to get my hips realigned.

As for money, I'm hardly paying anything out of pocket per visit because of my insurance. No worries there.

Tomorrow will be my last visit with his specific chiro because I'm moving back home for the summer. Will get a second look there.

Megan Zetter
05-01-2012, 07:05 PM
Find a new chiro. I'd get the diagnosis from the first guy though just for the sake of knowing and to see if he can explain to you what he thinks is wrong. It's very negligent for him to treat you that frequently without even giving you a diagnosis and or any expected timeline in which you should be getting better.

Brian Strump
05-02-2012, 10:18 AM
I have nothing to add....If anyone cared.

Where's home? Maybe someone can recommend a new doc.

Matthew Swartz
05-03-2012, 02:45 PM
"Muscular imbalance" is the diagnosis.

Brian Strump
05-04-2012, 03:58 PM
Of what?


"Muscular imbalance" is the diagnosis.

Matthew Swartz
05-04-2012, 09:24 PM
Of the lower back I guess. Nice and vague huh?

5AM flight out of Wichita tomorrow morning, spent 30min in a hot tub with a jet hitting my issue spot. Feels pretty good right now.

Steven Low
05-08-2012, 08:33 AM
Of the lower back I guess. Nice and vague huh?

5AM flight out of Wichita tomorrow morning, spent 30min in a hot tub with a jet hitting my issue spot. Feels pretty good right now.
Yeah, find a different professional..

Matthew Swartz
05-15-2012, 07:19 PM
Update:

I have gone to a physical therapist in Gainsville, VA who is a chiro and also does ART and it has been awesome. My issue is that I have poor hip rotation to my left (i.e. crappy internal rotation of the left hip), which is leaving a lot of rotation up to my trunk thus tugging on my SI ligament which is what he thinks is causing my pain. I've undergone no adjustments, but rather improving the internal rotation of my left hip via ART and things have improved dramatically. My doctor said 1 more treatment and I should be good to go.

It's nice when you see someone who knows what they're talking about! Active Spine and Sport for anyone in the NOVA area! They're awesome!

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Steven Low
05-19-2012, 04:51 PM
Yeah, it's surprising what a good PT can do in a fairly short amount of time, but don't expect magic every time. :)

It's good that you have significant relief from improving range of motion in your hips though.

Frances Ballesteros
05-21-2012, 02:16 AM
I'm having the same problem as you. One of my legs is longer causing curvature in my spine...as a result I think I may have a slipped SI joint, will tell this to the doc today

Steven Low
05-25-2012, 08:38 PM
I'm having the same problem as you. One of my legs is longer causing curvature in my spine...as a result I think I may have a slipped SI joint, will tell this to the doc today

Don't tell the doc, they don't know how to manipulate that in most cases.

See a PT or chiro you suspect SI issues