Chiropractors/Questions Answered by Expert Dr. Man Tran, Ph.D., D.C., L.Ac.

SubjectDate Asked
Neck Injury10/30/2009
  Q: The Injury and Context: Five weeks ago I was injured at a mixed martial arts class when I was put ...
  A: There are various structures at the neck that could be injured due to the guillotine choke. The ...
Requirements for Chiropractor10/11/2009
  Q: I'm a working on my GED and having a part-time job. I dropped out of High School due to poor ...
  A: I won't be able to answer your question. You will be able to get updated information to your ...
rib pain10/9/2009
  Q: I have be getting a sharp pain under the right side of the floating rib, went to a phsio guy and he ...
  A: The location of your pain can be caused by various structures in the area. It could be the liver or ...
Pain in the hips10/3/2009
  Q: mr. Man Tran, I've been practicing taekwondo for 6 months now. I'm 19 years old. I have a problem, ...
  A: From the look at your X-ray, the right femur head is jammed into the acetabulum. This could be the ...
fell on knee9/23/2009
  Q: I am 55+ years old & fell on my right knee. It bruised & got some swelling. After 6 days I am now ...
  A: Due to your age, the healing may take a little longer than normal to heal. As long as the swelling ...
Compression Fractues9/10/2009
  Q: I saw my Chiropractor today - due to chronic back pain over the last 10 years - and he informed me ...
  A: Yes, the history of compression fractures can contribute to your chronic back pain. Best treatment ...
butt numbness :0)9/2/2009
  Q: I had a bike accident and landed HARD on my fanny. There is extreme bruising to my right butt ...
  A: Has the bruising gone down? The numbness you experience could be due to the nerves around the ...
right leg feels numb9/1/2009
  Q: I slipped and fell and hit by my right buttocks area pretty hard. A day or two later my right leg ...
  A: The slip and fall may have injured your spine affecting the nerve and blood circulation. Since the ...
Sternum Cracking8/21/2009
  Q: At first i thought it was a heart problem. So i went to the Doctor and they did a EKG showing ...
  A: It sounds like your pregnancy may have caused the sternum area to be a little loose. During ...
Loss of cervical curve, numbness8/12/2009
  Q: Tran, I have been experiencing moderate neck/back pain for several years. It only flared after ...
  A: It would be a good idea to continue therapy. Your condition may become worse with daily activities ...
Buttock Pain8/11/2009
  Q: I have a 17 year old daughter that is experiencing pain in her buttock just where the cheeks meet at ...
  A: It seems the area you describe is located at the joint where the hip joins with the low back. We ...
neck cracks8/7/2009
  Q: About a year ago i started to notice the back upper part of my neck made wierd noises mainly when i ...
  A: Hey Josh, The cracking noise coming from joints are from gas releasing out of the joints usually ...
chest cartliage pain8/1/2009
  Q: About a week ago I was trying to wake board and I felt my chest near my upper rib cage pop and it ...
  A: From what you described, it may be that your rib is out or sprained, therefore, the surrounding ...
middle back pain7/26/2009
  Q: recently i have been experiencing excruciating pain in my middle back, and i keep having to crack it ...
  A: From what you described, you may have a few ribs and upper back spine "out." What that means is ...
rib adjustments around the breasts7/24/2009
  Q: I have a bad feeling about my chiropractor. He says I need rib adjustments and does them by making ...
  A: Angela, The anterior ribs or ribs at your chest area can be adjusted as such. There are muscles ...
Misalignment after a broken foot7/23/2009
  Q: I'm going to TRY to make this as short as possible... So about 5 months ago, I broke my left foot. ...
  A: Since the injuries, your body may have changed the way you walk due to compensation. All you need ...
Right costal cartilage7/12/2009
  Q: so I couldn’t almost breathe. One morning when I woke up I knew I had pain so refrained from even ...
  A: I won't be able to advise on the injection or medications. However, I would suggest for you to ...
Please Help6/8/2009
  Q: I need help. two years ago I awoke one morning with severe tension in my neck. I thought it would ...
  A: From what you have written, I would recommend for you to visit a hospital where it is free ...
MRI impression readings 08/14/20076/6/2009
  Q: 0.5 x 0.5 x 1.0 cm left paracentral disc sequestration at L5-S1. There is mass (what is this?) ...
  A: The "mass" means there is something "solid" in the front of the thecal sac which is the part of the ...
L5-S1 pain6/5/2009
  Q: My aunt is 62 year old that has been having lower pack pain over the last two months. She has under ...
  A: Usually when a disc bulges more than 4mm and causing some pain traveling to the foot or leg ...
Pregnancy with Neck & Back Pain5/30/2009
  Q: Let me give you a brief history of me. I have cervical stenosis, degenerative disk disease (MRI ...
  A: I am sorry to hear that you are suffering greatly during your pregnancy. There is hope for your ...
patella femoral pain5/22/2009
  Q: I am 18 years old and have had left knee pain for the last two years and two months. I went from ...
  A: It sounds like your knee condition need to be dealt with aggressively. The goal is to relax the ...
Upper back pain and symptoms5/5/2009
  Q: About my background to thisI was in the military and somehow my upper spine became "twisted" to the ...
  A: The pain and numbness below the elbow would not be caused by the injury at the thoracic spine (area ...
Spina Bifida and Gym exercises5/1/2009
  Q: I am a 54 year old woman quite fit and slim build, who has been recently advised by my GP to join a ...
  A: Usually exercises involve stabilizing your core such as crunches that build the abs are good one. ...
Rib dislocation4/28/2009
  Q: My 9 year old son was riding a roller coaster and came off with some chest pain. When I looked at ...
  A: Are you sure it is a rib dislocation? Was X-ray taken to confirm this? Also look for any sign of ...
lower back pain4/27/2009
  Q: I am a female, 31 years old, 164 cm high, 72 kg; I have tow kids normal deliveries 5 and 4 years. ...
  A: Have you visited a chiropractor or acupuncture office? It is hard to say what you have without ...
Low back pain when bending/arching4/20/2009
  Q: Im a gymnast that did a stunt and caught my partner by bending over with my back instead of using my ...
  A: L., Really?... 22 years old is too old for gymnastic? Learning something new every day. Thanks ...
burning and numbess4/17/2009
  Q: I woke up to a feeling that my legs where on fire. I reached down and could not feel them. This ...
  A: What you described may be pointing to circulation or nerve condition. I would recommend for you to ...
balms for muscle and joint pain3/11/2009
  Q: i have many aches and pains mostly in my lumbar area but also hip. as i have a complicated back ...
  A: If the ointment you are using does not help with the pain, then the root may not be a superficial ...
Upper back muscle3/10/2009
  Q: I was doing yoga a sitting down forward bend with legs out in front. I stretched my left arm to my ...
  A: The muscle strain you experienced will comes and goes if not properly treated. The pain at the ...
Pain behind ribcage2/26/2009
  Q: I have exactly the same pain as Michael. Right side about 2 inches under the nipple. Mine also ...
  A: I will need more information. What kind of pain is it? Sharp, achy, dull, pulling...etc. Anything ...
Elbow Problem - PLEASE HELP!!!!!!2/22/2009
  Q: I recently hit my elbow against the weightlifting bar pretty hard. I've seen a doctor and told me ...
  A: Hey Max, It sounds like you injured your "ulnar nerve" with the hit of the bar (funny bone ...
pelvic 6 m down on left side2/16/2009
  Q: Can having a difference of 6 m on the left side of pelvis affect fertility, and what would usualyl ...
  A: Please provide more details. Do you mean the left pelvis or the hip joint being 6 meter or 6 ...
First time visit2/9/2009
  Q: I recently visited a chiroprator for the first time. I'm 27 years old. I original scheduled the ...
  A: From your history and the recommendation of the chiropractor, it sounds like there is no fix to your ...
Can I be helped?2/6/2009
  Q: I saw a Chiropractor today, and was told that I have a 119%loss of curvature, and an 8 degree ...
  A: I do not know what the "Pettibon system" is. However, with the condition you described, my ...
Back cracking2/4/2009
  Q: I was told in eight grade i had scololsis (sorry its spelled wrong..!) I'm now a senior in ...
  A: It is not normal for the neck or back to "crack" frequently. It is best to visit a chiropractor to ...
Lower back pain1/29/2009
  Q: I am 26 years old, My occupation is to continuously work on computer (sitting)At times I have ...
  A: From what you described, it most likely postural that is causing muscle pain. You may get a slipped ...
Ringing in Ears after seeing Chiropractor1/28/2009
  Q: I just recently started going to the Chiropractor after a 10 year absence of one. I decided to go ...
  A: I have not heard or have experience of ringing in the ear due to an adjustment of the neck. My only ...
neck crepitus1/23/2009
  Q: Last March I went to a chiropractor for mid-back pain. Without me knowing she adjusted my neck. ...
  A: Your condition is difficult to diagnose or find the culprit to the problem without examining the ...
right side stitch pain1/22/2009
  Q: I have an intermittent pain on my right side above my hip bone, below the ribs, in the soft tissue ...
  A: From what you described, you may have strained your quadratus lumborum or QL. It is the muscle on ...
Shoulder1/19/2009
  Q: I have a pain in my deltoid when I move my arm up overhead or to the back of me. The pain location ...
  A: No, no...no need to raise your arm to say "HI." There could be two things occuring in your ...
infrapatellar swelling1/17/2009
  Q: man tran i had interesting about chiropractic since first i heard about it,and what encourage me to ...
  A: Have you had an X-ray done of the left knee? From what you described, I am leaning more toward ...
subluxated rib2/1/2008
  Q: I have had this problem since my senior year in high school. The only trauma to my spine I have ...
  A: Maybe perhaps the muscles around the rib areas need to be work on as well. There may be scar ...
numbness in the back and ribs1/22/2008
  Q: since i can remember since child hood ive had a numbness in my left side. In my 7th grade class i ...
  A: The numbness and pain could be due to your early year postures, sport activities (if there were any ...
just hurt my neck1/8/2008
  Q: I have just hurt my neck and im worried, I was sitting on an arm chair and my head feel forward.My ...
  A: It is good that there is no pain or numbness going down the arm. The sudden forward movement of ...
Broken Rib recovery1/2/2008
  Q: I broke my rib about 10 days ago when my daughter plowed into me on skis. The pain has ...
  A: Did you receive any treatment for the injury? What kind of "fracture" did you sustain? A rib ...
Could a chiropractor cause a injury6/21/2007
  Q: I was a health man before I was manipulated by a chiroprator. Im 21 years old and I was a active ...
  A: It is hard for me to say what cause the pain to your condition without actually performing certain ...
Herniated/Bulging Discs6/18/2007
  Q: I have 2 herniated discs and 2 bulging in my neck. I am 39 and have had this since 2005. I have ...
  A: As a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist, I would recommend acupuncture for the pain in the neck with the ...
twitching5/24/2007
  Q: I have this twitching on my thumb on my right hand for the past few days, ive also feel there is a ...
  A: Hmmmm...from what you described it could be a nerve impingement at the neck area affecting the ...
injury5/10/2007
  Q: I posed a question the other day that I have been suffering with a sore neck and shoulder on my left ...
  A: Glad to hear that you are getting better! It sounds like the rib may be "subluxated" or out of ...
unexplainable neck/face pain5/9/2007
  Q: For the last couple of years, I have been experiencing chronic tension/pressure/pain in the back of ...
  A: From what you described, it may be due to tension at the base of the skull producing the pressure ...
neck popping5/7/2007
  Q: when I turn my neck to the left and then straighten it back out my neck pops everytime, it has been ...
  A: It may not be serious if you don't have symptoms involving nerve such as pain, weakness of the ...
neck injury5/7/2007
  Q: I dont think this is too serious but can you tell me what the problem is.I have been lifting weights ...
  A: Well, going to a chiropractor is a good step to take. This will allow the practitioner to examine ...
my back5/6/2007
  Q: I came here hoping you can give me some advice. I am 53 year old lady and i suffer from panic ...
  A: From what you described, it seems to be a sciatic nerve being aggravated from the low back and ...
Ribs- Concaved5/5/2007
  Q: I fell and cracked acouple ribs on my left side and have been dealing with pretty bad pain when I ...
  A: How long has it been since you cracked your ribs? Has it healed completely even though there were ...
Popping / Cracking of Joints4/24/2007
  Q: What is the norm for "popping" or "cracking" finger and/or toe joints? I was told not to do it on my ...
  A: Sometimes the joints in the body "crack" spontaneously with movement and this may be due to the ...
Sciatic and hip joint popping4/19/2007
  Q: I'm 26 and I've danced almost my entire life. Ever since high school, I've had pain in my hip ...
  A: My apology for the delayed response. My connection has been down. It seems the muscle ...
severe pinched nerve in neck region4/9/2007
  Q: For the past 5 years i have been getting regular chiropractic treatment. My X-rays show that i have ...
  A: The severe pain at the neck may be due to the lack of curvature in your neck. This may alter the ...
back pain.4/5/2007
  Q: Recently, I have experienced pain in my back just below and on the last few ribs. I have tried ...
  A: From what you have described, it sounds like your muscles are not the cause of the pain. This is ...
Damaged nerve problem3/30/2007
  Q: I have had some nerve damage to the nerves coming out of the sacrum due to back surgery. Have a bone ...
  A: It depends the type of nerve damage of your condition. If it is cut or torn, then decompression may ...
Buttock pain3/26/2007
  Q: Thanx in advance for reading this: So today, I was on my walking to work and I felt this sharp ...
  A: Well, I will make a guess to what you may be suffering from. However, keep in mind that it is best ...
Bursa3/24/2007
  Q: I have a large swollen bump on my elbow the medical doctors says it "bursa", can it be helped with ...
  A: A bursa is filled with fluid caused by some friction at the area in your elbow. Most likely surgery ...
hurt arm2/13/2007
  Q: I think there is something wrong with my right arm,basically when I twiest my wrist I get a pain ...
  A: The pain along with the aggravaton of pain with certain usuage of your arm indicate more of muscle ...
Uterine Fibroids2/12/2007
  Q: What is the best natural remedy for uterine fibroids????? Which teas and natural herbs are best for ...
  A: My apology for the delayed response. My internet has been down and unable to log on to attend to ...
Pain on my entire back2/8/2007
  Q: I went to a chiropractor a year ago in order to heal my right shoulder, and lord behold after he ...
  A: I apologize for the delayed response. I was unable to access my email due to connection problem. ...
concerned about chiropractors2/1/2007
  Q: I have been seeing a chiropractor for the past week regarding a trapped nerve in my neck, I also ...
  A: Where (what country) are you in? The reason I asked because in America, the practice of ...
Burning inside the ears1/30/2007
  Q: I have had a burning inside my ears for a month now been two 3 doctors and and ENT doc been on ...
  A: Burning inside the ear may have various causes. It could be an infection or a cut in the ears which ...
lower back pain1/19/2007
  Q: my husband have had lower back pain for a while i have massaged his back rubbed bengay what can i do ...
  A: It is hard to advise of management for your husband low back pain when I don't quite know the nature ...
pain on left hand side of neck1/17/2007
  Q: I have a muscle/nerve type pain on the left had side of my neck that sometimes spreads to the back ...
  A: From the description of your complaint, you may have injured the muscle around your shoulder and ...
dextroscoiliosis1/16/2007
  Q: I recently had a chest xray and it revealed that I have a mild dextroscoliosis of the lower thoracic ...
  A: Two main factors determine the seriousness of a scoliosis. First is the age of the person with the ...
Posterior verses anterior subluxations1/16/2007
  Q: Tran, Thank you for your willingness to answer questions! How can a chiropractor detect if a ...
  A: Chiropractors can detect the direction or position of "subluxation" simply by palpation. By feeling ...
tingling in back, neck and around mouth1/11/2007
  Q: I am from the state of Ga. Tried the acupuncture once but now am trying light massages and will work ...
  A: I prayers are with you and I do wish you quick recovery. If the massage helps, then stick to the ...
back1/10/2007
  Q: I just started taking treatments for my bad back. What I am taking is somewhat new to my area where ...
  A: The procedure you described does help with low back pain by distracting the vertebrae relieving the ...
leg numbness and burning sensation.11/22/2006
  Q: I woke one morning and i felt a cramp hit in my right butt. After several hours the cramping moved ...
  A: First of all, I hope you are doing well and are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday presuming you are ...
Mature student with lower back pain11/21/2006
  Q: my back pain began 2 years ago after i bent down to lift something, it lasted a few days. I have ...
  A: From what you have described, it is very suspicious that you may be suffering from facet sydrome or ...
tmj or not10/1/2006
  Q: I was pain free for 10month there, after visitng Jan Devries, but unfortunately I turned over in bed ...
  A: It sounds like you have strained your neck and maybe dislocated your tmj or jaw joint. The only ...
young lady with lots of back pain...HELP9/14/2006
  Q: My question is... I am a 22 year old female with alot of lower back problems. My MRI findings are as ...
  A: According to the findings on the MRI, your conditions sound very serious especially for someone your ...
Dislocated rib, depressed sternum9/14/2006
  Q: About three months ago, while doing a rapid twisting motion to the left, I dislocated a rib at the ...
  A: It seems your body has healed itself around the "dislocated" rib. This is the reason why you don't ...
interview for school project9/7/2006
  Q: im doing a school project and when i get older i want to be a chiropractic. And we're doing this ...
  A: Alright Carra, Good to hear someone who is interested in helping people naturally. I do apologize ...
Hip/leg pain9/5/2006
  Q: Tran, I have a question regarding this on/off pain in my right hip. I started having joint problems ...
  A: It seems your conditions are hormonally related. The body will produce a hormone that will allow ...
tae kwon do and the back8/31/2006
  Q: my son now just 4 years has been taking tae kwon do now for 8 months. i have quite a few medical ...
  A: In my professional opinion, at 4 years old the body is still developing. The bones, joints, ...
hi about tension in facial muscles8/27/2006
  Q: I was wondering about whether I should go to see a chiropractor about a certain condition before ...
  A: Chiropractic can help with the facial tension since it is the muscles that are causing the problem. ...

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