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chiropractor

Does anyone have experience with chiropractors? Good or bad?

I've been having some pain in my hip, I think brought on by running, it's not so serious as to send me running to an orthopedist, but it's annoying and I was thinking maybe a chiropractor might be a good place to start. Thoughts? 

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Re: chiropractor

  • I went for a long time and I wish I could still go, can't afford it at the moment.  Ask other people who they go to before you pick someone though, some people are just too rough. 
  • I had back issues in college (tennis injury) and LOVED my chiropractor/physical therapist.  I went to my family doctor first then they referred me.  I went for 6 months... They really helped.
  • Whatever you do, DO NOT let them crack your neck!!! It can cause strokes in women because the nerves in our necks are so sensitive and they tear easily. The damage can be serious and irreversible. It really isn't worth the risk IMO.

    With that said, I have been several times. I am supposed to go once a week for my back pain. I have two vertebrae that are fused together on one side but not the other and it causes serious pain in my lower back but my insurance doesn't cover more than like 3 visits and the relief (in my case) was just temporary so I chose not to continue paying out of pocket.

  • I have been a few times...I don't let them crack my neck. It scares me too badly! Especially after what KRC wrote. I always tell them when I go to not crack my neck. I have had a few that try to talk me into it...I seriously get so scared I start bawling. I don't like pushy chiropractors. Interview a few...try to make appts. and talk with them. It took me awhile to find one I trusted!
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  • I'm going to throw in a plug for physical therapy...

    If your hip problem is running related, it's due to your stride.  This in turn can be caused by one of two things: 1) improper running shoes for your gait, or 2) weak muscles causing you to rely on the wrong muscles for running, and therein, throwing off your gait and hurting your hip in the process. I don't think a chiropractor will solve either of those.  PT is the way to go.

  • I'm seeing a chiropractor currently to help keep my body aligned as everything is shifting and adjusting for the baby.

    I would say, though, that if it is something caused by running, you may want to do some PT to correct the problem (like Karen said) rather than just try to work with the pain.

    You may want to have DH or someone photograph you running head on (I'll do it if you want :)). I had no idea that I ran pigeon toed until I saw a photo of myself from the 5K I did. Some muscles in my knee were weak. Fortunately, a friend of mine is a sports trainer, saw the picture, and gave me some exercises to do to strengthen up those muscles and correct my stride. Unfortunately, I'd done some damage to my other leg because of it (it was overcompensating for my weak knee'd wonky running) and now I can't run anymore :(.

  • I dated a chiropractor for 2 years and was adjusted all the time. I loved it and wish I still went. Now that I have insurance that covers it I will start going back once I have time in my schedule. But yes you do need to find the right one for you. There are so many around and not all of them know are good.
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  • Thanks for the feedback! I posted on my local board and got some good recommendations. I actually think the pain is due to a difference in the length of my legs (I know, it sounds weird), and the repetitive motion/pounding from running is exacerbating it. When I was a couch potato, I spent so little time on my feet, it was never an issue! But, if the chiropractor can't help, I'll head over to the PT. :-)
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