Chiropractors/Spine pain

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I'm a 23 year old girl (115 lb) and about 2 and 1/2 months ago, I noticed I was having back pain.  This occurred after I rode a jet ski through rough water for a couple hours.  It's in my mid back, toward the bottom of my thoracic vertebra (I believe).  I had pretty severe pain in a small area of my spine for a few days (worsened with stretching and bending).  It felt like my spine was bruised when I pressed on it.  And when I look in the mirror, it appears as though I'm missing 1 vertebrae in that region.  Now, over 2 months later, it only hurts when I get out of bed (mild pain), but it still looks like I'm missing a vertebrae.  Otherwise, it doesn't bother me at all.  I'm scared this could be something serious.

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Hi Rachel,

I am sorry you have pain. Chiropractic care offers the best option for relieving your discomfort. Class IV Laser Therapy is also extremely beneficial for pain relief. (I would try to find a Chiropractic physician who owns a class IV laser device). After an initial evaluation, typically the Dr. adjusts the misaligned segment to decompress the area of pain. You may need a series of treatments over a few weeks. He or she may want x-rays or an MRI first. You can contact me privately through AllExperts, if you need additional information.

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Dr. True

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Jerome M. True, DC, FIACN

Expertise

General musculoskeletal pain mechanisms, Evidence-based neuromusculoskeletal therapies, General chiropractic treatment options.

Experience

25 years of experience with back and neck disorders, Chiropractic neurologist, Success with non-surgical treatment of cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, Neurology textbook author.

Organizations
Florida Chiropractic Association, North American Association for Laser Therapy, American Association of Spine Physicians.

Publications
Myelopathy, Radiculopathy, and Peripheral Entrapment Syndromes, Journal of Athletic Training, Conservative Management of Sports Injuries,

Education/Credentials
Doctor of Chiropractic (Cleveland Chiropractic College), Diplomate of the American College of Chiropractic Neurology, Fellow International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology.

Past/Present Clients
Professional athletes, High net-worth patients, Physicians and Professionals.

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