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i would rather have twickoff (or whatever his name is)crack my back.
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chiropractor or doctor? who do you trust?

Old 04-25-08, 09:12 PM
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chiropractor or doctor? who do you trust?

i got into an argument with my mom the other day about the chiro and the doctor. she says the chiro is good and that doctors dislike them because they want more buisinees. i side with the doctors just because i trust doctors...bad reason i know. what is everyone elses take?
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I'm good with either.
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The last time a chiropractor gave me an enima they left a lot of scars because they didn't stitch up well. I'm going with a doctor next time.
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damn you are quick. i wasnt even finished with the poll yet.
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i personally think chiropractor's are the snake oil salesmen of their time.
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Originally Posted by grem458
i personally think chiropractor's are the snake oil salesmen of their time.
yeah thats what my doctor basically told me.
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Doctors. Chiropractors are slightly higher than faith healers on the legitimacy list.
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I guess it depends. Is something broke or bleeding? If it is a stiff neck or sore back, I will goto the chiro.
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Chiros have a place I guess....I don't much trust them, but I know some people who have found them helpful. I'd much rather go to a specialist (whether a physician or rehab mid-level).
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Doctors, although in the past, I've had good results with chiropractors. Like anything else, they're sort of a niche "medical" thing when all other options don't seem to work.
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I do not trust Doctors completely, always get more than one opinion

I sure as hell would never see a Chiropractor!

My wife is a Physical Therapist, so I get detailed and specific examples of why the Chiros are snake oil salesman and the things they do to people can actually make them worse and certainly don't help anything in the long term.
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Doctors....a friend of mine was diagnosed with an extra vertebrae by a chiro..that is what he saw in the xray anyways. Turns out it was a tumor...the good news is that when it ruptured and he nearly blood out and died...the doctors were there to treat him for the cancer and he passed his 5 year milestone a few years ago.
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Chiropractors do help if you have back pain. I have first hand experience with that. Usually a doctor will just prescribe pills for it.
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Chiros have a place, though a lot of the conditions can be better served things like PT. Don't get me wrong, they can be good for short-term stuff, but some of the procedures are scary if you understand what is going on.
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Originally Posted by Sanitarium
Chiropractors do help if you have back pain. I have first hand experience with that. Usually a doctor will just prescribe pills for it.
That's my experience. And I have a slight curve in my spine, so I really need periodic adjustments to keep me walking.

Now, as far as chiropractors go, it's certainly YMMV. I find the more holistic type chiropractors are more apt to treat you right and not schedule you for unnecessary appointments to rape your pocket book.

If they require x-rays, be leery...very leery. I went to one of those doctors, and he really helped me big time...at first. I went back once a month for an adjustment and seemed to be doing OK until early one winter I could barely walk and he had me going back to him all the freaking time and I was not getting better. In the long run, I am sure I paid for Christmas presents for his brats and he lost a customer.

I worked with a girl who's dad is a chiropractor and I went to him once before when, just out of the blue, I could not stand or walk any more. With one visit he fixed me up and I was much, much better within a day. No x-rays, no jumping up and down on my back or my side as he pops my joints. He just looked at how I was standing, had me lay face down on the table, and put a board under a hip and a board under one of my legs and just stood back. The placement of those boards put me back in alignment.

Granted, I felt ripped off when he charged me $40.00 but when I was having problems with the more traditional type of chiropractor, I remembered that doctor who fixed me in one visit. I went back to him and, again, I was better within a day or two (I had been walking with a pinched nerve so it took a little while before that healed completely). No repeat visits, no pressure to come back.

That particular doctor seems to be much more reasonable and I know there are people who prefer the doctors who x-ray you and put you on tables that roll up into your spine and the doctors with all kinds of gadgets, but give me a doctor who can take one look at me and see how I am standing and know exactly what to do. I will take one visit every three or four months on my own free will over a doctor who asks you to come back every three or four days any day.

The trick is to find the chiropractor willing to treat you right the first time you are in there and not pick pocket you over a long period of time. Those types of doctors are indeed hard to find, but treasure them if you find them. They are NOT all snake oil salesmen. I just wonder if the FDA or whatever government agency who governs doctors puts enough requirements for chiropractors to meet or if anybody with a degree can become one.

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Originally Posted by calhoun07
I worked with a girl who's dad is a chiropractor and I went to him once before when, just out of the blue, I could not stand or walk any more. With one visit he fixed me up and I was much, much better within a day. No x-rays, no jumping up and down on my back or my side as he pops my joints. He just looked at how I was standing, had me lay face down on the table, and put a board under a hip and a board under one of my legs and just stood back. The placement of those boards put me back in alignment.

Granted, I felt ripped off when he charged me $40.00 but when I was having problems with the more traditional type of chiropractor, I remembered that doctor who fixed me in one visit. I went back to him and, again, I was better within a day or two (I had been walking with a pinched nerve so it took a little while before that healed completely). No repeat visits, no pressure to come back.
You couldn't figure out how to use board technology on your own?
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Originally Posted by Duran
You couldn't figure out how to use board technology on your own?
Sir, I wouldn't know where to place them. It was all in the placement. (and yes, I did try it on my own when my back pain came back later on...without quite the same results.)
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We need another one of these threads?
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A lot of people believe in astrology, too.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
A lot of people believe in astrology, too.
So you are comparing the physical help somebody can get from a doctor to something like astrology? One is of the mind, the other can be proven through scientific study.

Now, mind you, I am not defending all chiropractors...I believe there are far more snake oil sales men out there than good ones who are actually interested in helping people who need their services and I would dread the idea of ever trying to find a new one should I have to. But I would take a snake oil salesman who might be able to help me a little with my condition than a doctor who just wants to pump me full of questionable drugs that will probably have a story about them on NBC Nightly News a few months later for the problems the drugs cause. (That and because drugs won't help a curve in your spine...they will only mask the pain as it gets worse.)
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Chiros all quote that one thing Thomas Edison predicted about the future of medicine. The man wasnt right about EVERYTHING.
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A couple of years ago, I threw out my back. I didn't go to a chiropractor, and it took weeks to stop hurting. I threw out my back last week, went to a chiropractor, and it stopped hurting in two days.

Good chiropractors will take care of what they can, and refer you to doctors when it's something they can't take care of. Other chiropractors will take you through a whole mess of stupid things, and I do my best to avoid them.

Personally, if I take a spill snowboarding and knock my neck out of alignment, I'll go to a chiropractor to have it adjusted. No pills, no unnecessary x-rays, just a relatively quick in and out. It's usually a lot cheaper than a doctor, as well. I haven't been to the hospital for anything other than a few stitches when I was in high school.

Granted, I'm probably a bit biased, as my father is a chiropractor. However, if it's something he doesn't feel comfortable working with, he'll send someone to the hospital.

Where's the option for "both". If a chiropractor isn't the right choice for my issue, I would go to a doctor.
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Originally Posted by calhoun07
So you are comparing the physical help somebody can get from a doctor to something like astrology? One is of the mind, the other can be proven through scientific study.

Now, mind you, I am not defending all chiropractors...I believe there are far more snake oil sales men out there than good ones who are actually interested in helping people who need their services and I would dread the idea of ever trying to find a new one should I have to. But I would take a snake oil salesman who might be able to help me a little with my condition than a doctor who just wants to pump me full of questionable drugs that will probably have a story about them on NBC Nightly News a few months later for the problems the drugs cause. (That and because drugs won't help a curve in your spine...they will only mask the pain as it gets worse.)
You do recognize the contradiction there, don't you?
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To each their own.....

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