bad backs and four 4x4's

Submitted: Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 17:35
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Hi all
We now live in Darwin and iv'e "twinged" my back working on the car. Last time this happened i tried 2 different chiro's, gave up and flew to Adelaide to see someone.
The saying in Darwin is, "when in pain, get on the plane" !
So can anyone recommend someone i can see here that is any good???
Please, i'm in agony!
Thanks Lyndon
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Reply By: get outmore - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 18:39

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 18:39
for starters dont see a qau---- er chiro

see a properly trained medical practitioner - pysiotherepist

I knew plenty of people who would see a quack when they had a bad back - they would get the party trick crack thisn that - thanks for your money and off you go. they would try and tell me how good they were until i pointed out they were seeing there quack several times a year and they wernt fixing a thing
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Follow Up By: Dunco (NSW) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:23

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:23
I am with you 110%

I injured my back many years ago and went to a Chiro...worst thing I ever did as he made it worse.

When I went to my Dr. a week afterwards he wasn't real happy.

Physio ONLY and when my back did go out on me every now and then, the first thing the Dr. did was give me 6 weeks off work !!!
As he reckons that is how long it takes to get one back on track...he was right !!

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Reply By: Kim and Damn Dog - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:00

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:00
Yer mate

Stay away from doctors or any other depository of bull tish. Just put up with it until the body mends it’s self.

I broke my back in two places on Boxing Day last year. The crap I’ve had to put up with, is worse than the pain.

Now I’m told I have an addiction from the prescibed pain patches. Haven't had a good night sleep in weeks!!!

Buggar doctors and their BMW's

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Follow Up By: Nargun51 - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 13:28

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 13:28
Early in 2007 there was a small article in the paper saying that a study had shown the major reason for traumatic admission to hospital for men aged above 50 was falls from height; mainly from ladders

2 weeks after I turned 50, I was admitted to hospital with 3 cracked vertebrae and the compound dislocation of 2 bones in my hand following … a fall from a ladder

My daughter had just started her physiotherapy degree just before the fall and I became her guinea pig and case study…both for my back and hand.

The body will repair itself, but a physio will develop a programme of exercises to restore the muscle tone to support the spine as well as developing means of planning your movements (or alternatives) so as not to put undue strain on the body.

I took pain killers for 1 day after release from hospital; and 2 months later I pulled up, moved and laid 1200 pavers…at the Doctor’s check up I told him of this and that I had been doing this for an hour interspersed with lying flat on the floor for an hour. He thought this was the best medicine that he could prescribe.

Due to the way the bones repaired themselves, my back is no longer straight, and the concept of going to a chiropractor to straighten it seems wrong (but then I have been indoctrinated with a physiotherapist’s view of chiropractors).
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 20:32

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 20:32
I read this reply about the ladder business this morning and I had to climb a short ladder this arvo and could not get this reply out of my head as I was going up the ladder, so the message worked and I'm not 50 yet either :-))

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Reply By: Member - Greg T (ACT) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:58

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:58
if your willing to travel to Canberra, there is a bloke called Fred Weston, living in Narrabunda-Canberra. he works from his home and has all the gear.

my wife broke her back a while ago and sees him a fair bit. iv been to him a couple of times and he is bloody good!!!

he sits you on the bed, has a look at you, then his wife comes in and gives you a massage (not for the faint hearted), then he comes in and works his magic and sends you home... absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Greg T (ACT) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:06

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:06
forgot his details.

Address:

36 Caley Crs narrabundah ACT

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6295 2568

i am in no way connected with this business. just an extremely happy customer
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 08:08

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 08:08
Thanks Greg
If i was going to go to that trouble i'd just fly to see the guru i know in Adelaide.
Cheers Lyndon
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Reply By: ctaplin - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:59

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:59
Hi Lyndon,

All you need to do is to jump on a Qantas flight to Gove as we have an excellent chiro that visits here each month!
She works out of our executive suite here at the Walkabout and will sort out your woes in no time...
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:08

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:08
Hi Chris
Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much ! :)
What was that chinese proverb? May your boat sink a hundred times?
LOL

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Follow Up By: ctaplin - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:48

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:48
Come on Lyndon, didn't you just love Gove and without the 4x4 there will be no chance of another bogging...

BTW. What were you doing to the Troopy when you twinged the less than 40yo back???
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 08:11

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 08:11
Hi Chris
Yes, still in my 30's ! JUST :)
Well i had the grearbox in one hand the diff in the other -----------
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Reply By: troopyman - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:57

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:57
Put an old water bottle bladder bloody thing , those old things that your mother had , on your back (put a tea towell on your back first so it doesnt scald) . Alternate between this and an ice pack every 10 minutes .
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 08:05

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 08:05
Hi troppyman
Could work, just cant take however weeks or months that will take for it to mend itself.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:32

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:32
Hi Lydon
Have you had it X rayed to see if they can pick up the problem?

Then a course of Anti Inflammatory's can work wonders.

Chiro's can cause more issues then they are worth, establish what is actually happening before being treated.

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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 07:59

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 07:59
Hi John
Yes, agree. A bad chiro is worse than being not treated.
Had xrays, fundamentals are sound, just locks up.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 20:30

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 20:30
Sounds muscular??
I have the same issues from time to time and Anti Inflam's work a dream to relieve the muscles tension that occurs when you damage one side of the back and the other side tightens up to support the injured side.

I now try and undertake a range of exercises to help my back and just be a little careful with what I intend to lift etc, been a lot better since.



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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 00:25

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 00:25
Lyndon


Daughter lives in Darwin and she goes to a Chiro she highly recommends. Daughter is an RN and would not go to anyone who was not good.

I do not know the contact details but can find out for you.

I am in Adelaide at the moment as the trouble and strife had an operation at the Flinders Medical Centre.

Other sayings in the NT are:

We have some good doctors in the NT, Doctor Quantas, Doctor Jet Star, Doctor Virgin

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If in doubt fly out
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 07:57

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 07:57
Contact details please
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 20:25

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 20:25
Lyndon

Sent you a member message last night.

Anyway details are:

Chiropractic Insight
Shop 5 / 5 Keith Lane
Fanny Bay
8941 4033



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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 07:36

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 07:36
Having kept a dodgy back going with chiros for years, then physios, this is my take:

A good chiro is like roadside service, will get you going again.

A good physio is like a good mechanic, will stop you breaking down.

BUT most of the work will actually be down to you .... exercises, stretches etc to stop it happening again. There is no silver bullet with back pain.

Short-term, paracetamol has been shown to be just as good as prescription anti-inflammatories. And in the first 24 hours after a crisis, use only an ice pack to reduce the inflammation, not heat.

Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Member - Noel K (NT) - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:11

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:11
Sigmund,
I couldn't agree more, the exerciser's the physio give you work, but as you say, you must do them regularly.

Lyndon,
I use the one near Hungry Jacks in Casuarina behind the car wash.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:49

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:49
And maybe the hardest thing, if you can't get suppleness and strength back, is to learn not to automatically do the thing that sparks a crisis off. DAMHIKT!
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Reply By: Stu-k - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 08:51

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 08:51
Did my back again a month and a half ago and still wont get better. Had a cat scan, they suggest cortisone shots or tough it out on pain killers and anti imflams. Get fit and lose the gut to of course ;)

Haven had them yet to many conflicting stories on the stuff(mostly from ppl that haven't had it) anyone tried it?

Every time you back goes it will get worse, so sort it, wish i had of before now
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 11:09

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 11:09
Stu,

I had 5 cortisone injections CT guided into my facet joints before they finally decided that they were not working and surgery soon followed.

The injections were very uncomfortable when they did them and I got less than 24 hours relief from them.

Everyone with back pain is different and I tried every available option prior to resorting to the surgery.

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