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Offline eaglemom

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any opinions on a chiropractor?
« on: July 30, 2007, 08:19:56 PM »
I've been posting here for quite awhile, and just like several of you my knee pain has the os puzzled.  So of course he simply orders more pt because pt solves everything!  The os also said to go to a massage therapist and see if that doesn't help.

I'd already been going to the massage therapist but she simply has been working on the knee / leg area.  I do think that helps.  However, I can't afford to go there more than once a month or at best every three weeks.  She's suggested a chiropractor several times.

Today when I walked in she had a fit because of how I was walking - I described the electrical type of twinges I was having and she again very firmly thought a chiropractor would help.  The guy she is suggesting is a upper cervical specialist, md doctor - not just a chiropractor.

OK so what's the thought here?  I truly had been doing much better and yesterday for some reason its begun to feel funnny again.  Also, I've got an appointment with the os on wed.  Should I keep that?  He doesn't do a thing except bill my insurance.!!  If I go to see him he will say one of two things:  see your better, lets do pt another 6 weeks and see or I don't know, lets do pt another 6 weeks and see! 

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Re: any opinions on a chiropractor?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 12:25:31 AM »
Have you considered seeing another OS? I did after my first just wanted to do PT and nothing else, I said PT is not working, I'm taking my insurance and money elsewhere. Personally, I don't trust chiropractors. They don't know how different parts of the body effect each other, they don't get as much training in the body as a physician. What I would do is go to an osteopathic physician that specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Meicine (OMM). Basically, osteopathic physicians get a DO degree, but can practice medicine the same way an MD does, it's still 4 years of medical school, 2 years basic sciences followed by 2 years of hospital rotations, the same hospital rotations an MD student does (family medicine, peds, surgery, emergency, etc.). DO's can aslo apply for the same residencies as MD's can, can prescribe meds the same way, etc. But, DO's have this extra training in OMM which basically employs manipulatin the body to ease pain, and can also help asthma, colds and flus, a whole bunch of stuff, really.

It's not very well known, but it does work quite well. I am going to a DO school myself, and I have a friend in a DO school now, nad his father is a DO. I've gotten some OMM treatments from them, and it feels so nice. My friend practiced doing a full body on me, and I felt so good afterwards. My friend himself was actually getting OMM to control his seizures, he used to get 12 a day on medication, he started this OMM and he was down to one a day without any meds. So it's pretty cool stuff if the doctor knows what they're doing.

Not every DO uses OMM in their practice, so make sure if you use one, they do use it. AlthoughI just reread your post, you said this guy is an MD, so he's not a chiropractor. By definition, you really can't be both, he might just be a doctor specializing in that area. A chiropractor does not go to medical school, and cannot claim to be an MD.

BTW, this thing about DO's is only true in the states, in other parts of the world, a DO is more of a homeopathic doctor, I believe.
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