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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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Lower back problem

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Lower back problem
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Hi. What's your question please?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My lower back always feels strained when doing simple things like leaning over the sink to wash my hands or having a shave or picking something up from the floor. I have been to the chiropractor and he has said that my lower back is moving too much and my mid upper back is not moving enough does this make sense
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Has he taken x-rays of your spine?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK--did he have anything more to say about the problem and what sorts of therapy has he been using?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He said my lower back is not moving the way it should be. So when I'm moving around or twisting it's not moving as it should be and too mobile as if my lower spine and surrounding muscles are loose leading to pain and discomfort and my mid back and upper spine is stiff very rigid.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK--how exactly can I help you with this?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Does this sound dangerous to you. I would like your opinion.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
No, not dangerous but at the least the chiropractor should have gotten x-rays of your spine to look at the alignment of the vertebrae and to look at the disk spaces. I would refer you to a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitation MD specialist--for that and for some effective physical therapy for your problem
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
X-rays or Mri would be better?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Just x-rays for now since this doesn't sound like a disk problem that would require an MRI
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
From the X-ray would you be able to tell if there was a disk problem
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
No, not specifically but your symptoms don't match that of a ruptured disk
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. But with a Mri you would Be able to see everything
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
That's true. But what more information do you need here?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just would like to get as much information about my condition of my back. And from what I have told you is my health of my back poor?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
I don't think so--sounds like just a muscle problem. But I really can't say from what you've told me what exactly the chiropractor meant about your back

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