Chiropractors/Lower back pain

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Dr. McKay,

In my 30īs I started to have lower back pain, but not so strong and only somtimes.  I am now 43 and several weeks ago I attempted (stupidly) helping my brother-in-law move a small refrigerator.  Soon after the incident, I was in total pain and could barely walk.  After about 3 weeks or so, the pain is still there, but I have much more mobility.

I went to see my orthopedic doc here in Berlin, Germany.  He said that I most likely have a disc problem, although from a standard x-ray he cannot be 100% certain.  Oddly, he did not order an MRI, but it wouldnīt make a difference because I have claustrophobia and cannot go into the machine (even an open MRI is not an option ... tried it and failed).  He then went on to say that 50% of people walking down the street have lower back problems, he prescribed some pain meds, and sent me on my way until next week.

I am wondering what my options are.  Would chiropractic techiniques help me?  The pain is not so severe, but it is almost constantly there ... even when sleeping.  Thanks so much.

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Dr.McKay Chiropractor Darien CT
Dr.McKay Chiropractor  
Matthew- Every Hammer sees a nail. So yes a Chiropractor will recommend chiropractic care for your condition as described in your email.
 You are like 80% of the world with a back problem. we are living longer and sitting for greater periods of time weakening the muscles in the lower back and hips. So besides needing chiropractic care you need to address muscles weakness and flexibility.
 I think you are a nice guy helping move a small refrigerator but do you really think this act of kindness caused the problem? It has been going on almost 13 years. See a chiropractor, get regular exercise, massage and try yoga for increased flexibility. When combined you should lead a mostly pain free life.
Dr Brian McKay
PS  A fish oil supplement will help with the muscles and joints.

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I have experience with many different techinques utilized by different chiropractors. They all work but work differently. Some people respond better to different or a combination of techniques then to just one way of chiropractic. So I prefer open minded DC's who recognize our brother and sister chiropractors who work differently are helping patients with good solid chirocare. I can answer any question that comes up.

Experience

I have 22 years of experience. I graduated from Plamer Davenport in 1989

Organizations
Conn Chiro Council

Publications
Atlanta Journal, Darien Times, Huffington Post

Education/Credentials
BS Mercy College 1984 DC Palmer College of Chiropractic 1989

Past/Present Clients
I cannot name patients names out of respect for their privacy.

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