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Hello, My name is Craig. I am 27 years old and a believer in chiropractic care. The reason I have decided to post here, is that I recently went to my chiropractor (who I trust and have been going there for 10+ years.) and he told me that I was a "prime" candidate for non surgical spinal decompression. I usually go in there and get adjusted every now and then for my mid back and neck. Well I haven't had to go in since July 2013, so standard procedure, they needed to do x-rays again. Well lately, I have been having discomfort in my legs while sleeping. So they took x-rays of my whole neck and back. Same thing was going on again in my neck and mid back, but he noticed my bottom vertebrae showed early signs of disk degeneration. Not knowing a single thing of what to look for in an x-ray, the problem was very easy for me to spot. My chiropractor said that I need to cover 3 things to do this. TIME, DISCIPLINE, AND MONEY. He went over the schedule, ( 3 times/week for 1 hr/day for one month, and then 2 times/week for 1hr/day for 6 weeks. I guess I'm just looking for some advice or some past experience from somebody that has done this and has it worked.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,072
    welcome to spine-health and how to get started

    you should use the above information as links as a total reference guide to spine-health.

    as you read more on spine-health, you will find a general consensus that chiropractors are not the type of medical personal you want to see once a problem with one of your disc's has been identified. chiropractors do excellent job of skeleton manipulation, but in general are not trained enough to deal with the spinal cord.

    the x-rays you mention being taken are only one piece of the diagnostics tests that need to be done. mri's are better suited for isolating disc herniation and other disc related problems. i would not be overlly concerned about the early signs of disc degeneration. ddd is still the most misunderstood spinal condition. almost everyone will show some signs by the later 20s. in many ways, its the natural aging of our spines. most ddd cases can be totally managed via approved exercise programs and otc nsaids.

    at this point, i would think about seeing your primary care physician. then after their review they might send you to another specialist that can hone in on your problem.
  • thank you for your response. I found the articles very helpful and I guess I have some thinking to do lol. I wanted to ask you one more thing if I could. I work in an office and I am at a computer all day. Would you recommend any certain type of office chair? I hear the chairs with a medicine ball are very helpful. Thank You once again.
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