When Not To See A Chiropractor

Houston Chiropractor Comments: Most of the time patients will tell their friends about all of the different conditions that chiropractors treat and what wonderful results they received. As a chiropractor with over 33 years of experience treating patients, I have also found a few conditions that you should not see a chiropractor for. These are actual conditions that patients have come in to my Houston, TX office complaining about.

One condition is called cauda equina syndrome. This can occur in people who have a history of a herniated disc in their low back. They make a sudden motion or lift something up and the herniated disc becomes worse and puts pressure on the spinal cord. A symptom is sudden loss of bowel or bladder control. This is a surgical condition and not one that will respond to chiropractic care.

Another condition is called ankylosing spondylitis. This is an inflammatory arthritis that causes the spine to fuse together. Since this condition leads to stiffness, it is common for people to seek out chiropractic care to help with flexibility. The problem comes with people thinking that you can adjust a fused joint and make it no longer fused. Instead, it is a matter of using other therapies and exercises to allow the most flexibility without aggravating the inflammatory condition.

The final condition that you should not see a chiropractor for is pain that is getting worse with rest. This is a hard one for younger doctors to understand because they see so many conditions that are helped with chiropractic that they want to help everyone. If a condition is getting worse even after resting it and being in the proper relaxing position, you would probably benefit from medication first. If rest helps, but gets worse with movement, chiropractic can probably help.

Dr. Ward Beecher practices at Beecher Chiropractic Clinic at 1001 Pineloch, Ste 700 Houston,     TX 77062. You can schedule an appointment at www.BeecherChiropractic.com or by calling (281) 286-1300. If you have any questions regarding this blog, please comment below!