Chiropractic Manipulation

Chiropractic Manipulation

The headline seemed like the usual infomercial that fill my feeds: Chiropractic Care Grows, and Gains Acceptance. I probably would not have read the whole article if I had not been tipped off that it contained an interesting description of an interaction with a patient and a "chiropractor who had been so highly recommended by a friend." Too bad she did not name names.

She went in because of a tailbone injury, excepting a 125 charge that

turned into a three-hour "wellness" exam, with more than $300 in extra charges.

More than 100 bucks an hour. Pretty good. And what did the chiropractor find?

Long before he looked at my spine, the chiropractor inspected the rest of me with various instruments, alerting me — by dictating loudly to his assistant, who scribbled on a pad — that I was suffering, among other things, from a potential Candida infection in my mouth, a slight tremor and muscle wasting in my hand, possible Lyme disease, bone-density loss, mismatched leg lengths, a worrisome "brown spot" on my right eye and an asymmetrical smile.

I had to smile. Sure sounds like a Gish gallop of questionable diagnoses. I was impressed at the creativity if not the clinical acumen.

I'd entered that office considering myself a relatively healthy, if aging, woman, but left feeling like a walking time bomb. I couldn't have foreseen there'd be so many completely new things to worry about.

That is because you are a relatively healthy woman.  So just saw a pseudo-medical provider who evidently does not know what they are doing. Almost all of the diagnoses are likely nonsense. But if you can make the patient anxious for no reason then it

may explain why I worriedly ended up agreeing to a supposedly essential set of X-rays for $165, although I managed to decline the offer of proprietary vitamins for sale at the front desk.

What you really need to worry about is unneeded radiation from useless x-rays. And what about the painful tailbone?

Only in the last 15 minutes of the appointment did the chiropractor manipulate my tailbone — for less than five minutes — after which his assistant deployed what she told me was ultrasound therapy, for an extra $70 that was disclosed only when I was handed the bill.

And did any of nonsense help?

The jury is out as to whether any of it helped, since my tailbone didn't stop hurting for another couple of weeks. Was it merely the passage of time, as Dr. Deyo had suggested, or did that 15 minutes of touch and heat — and maybe some placebo effect — do the trick?… While, after all my research, on balance I'd be willing to visit a chiropractor again for serious lower-back pain

This is what amazes me. She was, in my opinion, totally defrauded by this unnamed chiropractor: bait and switch of the price, given services and studies she didn't need or ask for, and she got better on her own with time and still she would be willing to see a chiropractor.

Manipulation indeed.

Points of Interest 10/10/2015
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