Chiropractic adjustments are contraindicated on the segments operated on. However, the segments above and below the surgical alteration are potentially safe to manually adjust/manipulate.
Proceed with caution and make sure you are attended by a well respected and skilled practitioner.
Second thought, do not adjust any part of the back because it may cause undo stress on the joints around the surgical unit or the hardware. I personally do not buy into this theory because, the spine is dynamic. This means the spine is always moving.
However, I will caution you. Always make sure you go to a Chiropractor that has alot of experience dealing with patient's with back surgeries.
Visit your chiropractor today even if you have had surgery!!
There are many concomitant factors that will determine if chiropractic care is the proper course of treatment.
Other modalities that may be really helpful are craniosacral and acupuncture.
I hope I answered your question.!
To ease your mind, you can see a chiropractor post surgery. I have personally treated numerous patients post surgery and got them to full recovery.
The chiropractor can help you to increase mobility and with rehabilitation.=20
Chiropractors are not taught to only manilpulate patients but to examine and assess their patients and their needs going forward. They will treat inflammation and soft tissue injuries and pain from the surgery as well.
I hope this helps
If you are going to be finding a new chiropractor it is often a good idea to schedule a consultation only the first visit to see if it is a good fit.
Dr. Dan Bartley D.C.
Many times the surgical procedure will relieve the acute debilitating pain but it does not address the structural imbalance to the spine and pelvic area created by the development of the condition that required the surgery. This is where the chiropractic expertise comes in. These structural imbalances create postural alterations, imbalanced pelvis where one hip is higher than the other causing the body to tilt to one side, causing one shoulder to be lower than the other, possible head tilting to one side, and unequal weight bearing. These can eventually create chronic recurring pain that is not of a surgical nature. All these that I have described can be easily determined by standing with feet slightly apart in a totally relaxed position in front of a full length mirror.
If this describes your situation chiropractic treatment should be helpful.
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Dr Andreu J MacAndrew Richardson, DC
Chiropractic adjustments will help no matter the type of surgery, however, the way you are adjusted may change based on what was done.
Just as there are different types of medical doctors (GPs, Pediatricians, PM&R, Orthopedists, Neurologists, Radiologists, etc), there are specialties in chiropractic. You may want to seek out a chiropractor that is boarded in rehabilitation (https://www.acrb.org/). These individuals have completed their doctorate in chiropractic medicine, and have done a minimum of 2 years additional training, passed a board examination, and meet all of the criteria to be diplomats of their specialty board. Seeing a chiropractor that is trained in rehabilitation is just like seeing a chiropractor and a physical therapists at the same time. You may really benefit from their care!
I hope this information is of some help to you.
J.L.Harris DC, FACO
I am so sorry. I just saw a question from you. I was so busy and missed this. After back surgery, definitely you need therapies and rehabilitation. Just a note, we have laser, electrotherapy, cupping, Magnesphere and Ultrasound to manage your pain and scar tissues that might build up after surgery. We have free consultation so give us a call 703-208-7352 Thanks.
Do you have any metal, plates, rods or screws in the surgical area?
I would recommend you not get adjusted in the region of surgery.
Above or below the area would be okay. Make sure you get a thorough examination and share with your doctor your physical/surgical/accident history.
Furthermore, have x-rays done and receive a radiology report. Never let a D.C. or D.O. adjust you without doing so.
Thank you for your question. I hope I was some help.
Best of Health,
Larry Svihlik, DC, DACBSP
Dr. Greg Pizzolato