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    One year and possible swelling

    We are told at one year still a new sci. I finally have gotten an appt with a physiatrist in February for my son. He has not improved as was expected after his initial injury 12/6/11. He has been seeing family doctor for sleeping problems and general. He is going to college so in his chair more and not a lot of time to work out. There seems to be some swelling where the initial injury was per chiropractor. As my son went in for an adjustment as his hips get out of line. Chiropractor did not adjust him as of swelling. He is doing laser acupuncture to hopefully reduce the swelling. Anyone else have this show up after so long?

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    Needs to be worked up for possible infection of hardware/bone at the original injury site. Has he had recent Xrays? An MRI or at least a CT? What is his CRP? WBC? Sed rate? Has he had any fevers? Needs to see an orthopedic spine specialist or neurosurgeon for a re-evaluation of the original surgery and spinal stability. I would strongly recommend against seeing a chiropractor for these types of issues.

    (KLD)

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    He did not ever have surgery. Compression fracture T5 T6. Chiropractor is not adjusting just laser acupuncture. Tks we are getting him into dr as soon as he could get in. He is also on the cancel list to be called right away.

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    Just to echo Nurse's comments, I would be VERY leery of chiropractic treatments in the region of the SCI (whether or not he had spinal stabilization surgery, rods, fusion, etc). SCI issues are so touchy, so unique, and so inconsistent from person to person that I'd strongly suggest sticking with neurologists and PTs who specialize in SCI when it comes to any issues related to the spinal cord, swelling, function return (or absence of). Does he do outpatient PT still?

    Regarding swelling and it's role in inhibiting functional return ... back when I was hurt, I was told it would take a year +/- for the swelling to go down. Only after that would I know what return I could get. I saw a lot of return in the first 2 years. Since then, I can't say I've continued to see much neurological return, but I certainly continue to improve functionally. By that, I mean that I am more "able" as a result of targeted exercise and intense PT which "makes the most of the muscles I have."



    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Needs to be worked up for possible infection of hardware/bone at the original injury site. Has he had recent Xrays? An MRI or at least a CT? What is his CRP? WBC? Sed rate? Has he had any fevers? Needs to see an orthopedic spine specialist or neurosurgeon for a re-evaluation of the original surgery and spinal stability. I would strongly recommend against seeing a chiropractor for these types of issues.

    (KLD)
    Last edited by kevinpatrick; 01-22-2013 at 05:35 PM.

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    My chiro knows more, cares more and has done more for me than any of the Dr's I've seen. Not all chiro's are evil.

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    Same with mine Gmorris. He has done more for me that any doc I've seen in the 14 years I've been going to him.

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    Same here. My chiropractor didn't kill my arms, my spine surgeon managed that

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmorris View Post
    My chiro knows more, cares more and has done more for me than any of the Dr's I've seen. Not all chiro's are evil.
    No, they're just quacks who didn't go to med school 'adjusting' your spine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cripwalk View Post
    No, they're just quacks who didn't go to med school 'adjusting' your spine...
    Wow, you should try crawling out of the 80's...or go to a real chiro. I agree there are chiros that are quacks...just like their are dr's, lawyers and cops that suck but not all of them. The majority of the work they do on me is graston and ART with only minor hip adjustments.

    Before my sci I was a competitive mtn biker and I had a major knee problem. I struggled with it for 2 years of useless dr's and physio's before finally going to a chiro (who happened to treat canadian and us olympic athletes and professional football players). I was at the point I couldn't walk down stairs anymore and after 6 weeks of him working on me I was pain free and stayed that way for 5 years before my accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmorris View Post
    Wow, you should try crawling out of the 80's...or go to a real chiro. I agree there are chiros that are quacks...just like their are dr's, lawyers and cops that suck but not all of them. The majority of the work they do on me is graston and ART with only minor hip adjustments.

    Before my sci I was a competitive mtn biker and I had a major knee problem. I struggled with it for 2 years of useless dr's and physio's before finally going to a chiro (who happened to treat canadian and us olympic athletes and professional football players). I was at the point I couldn't walk down stairs anymore and after 6 weeks of him working on me I was pain free and stayed that way for 5 years before my accident.
    Strangely, it actually comforts me to hear that you've had a good experience with chiropractic. I did not.

    I was attending chiropractic school, presumably one of the best ones in the country, when I first began experiencing the severe back pain that ultimately ended in my paralysis (from a ruptured arteriovenous malformation). I learned later, and too late, that my symptoms were all red flags. They were also dismissed or misunderstood by all of the faculty I came in contact with. The school professed and taught the necessity of referring those conditions that were beyond the scope of practice yet they did not. Blinkered, tunnel vision is the only explanation for this.

    My vascular malformation, which lay on the posterior aspect of the spinal cord and did not penetrate it, could have been easily excised without neurologic consequence had I been referred while I was symptomatic -- that is, before I was full-on paralyzed.

    I could go on. . .

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