It took a visit to San Francisco chiropractors to discover the source of my chronic back pain. After getting a concrete answer and a treatment that greatly reduced the pain, I am actually angry with the doctors I visited to get a fix. They performed all sorts of expensive tests and gave me powerful narcotics I would have never needed if they’d just done their dang jobs and diagnosed the problem correctly. When they started talking about doing an exploratory surgery to try and discern the problem, I knew I needed to get out of there and trying something else.
The chiropractor I went to almost immediately knew what the problem would be after he heard me talk about the pain, when it got worse, and where it was located in my back. He said I likely had a bulging disc. This is a situation that occurs when pressure causes the a disc in your spine to bulge in such a way that it causes nerve issues. What chiropractors try to do is something called a spinal decompression, which causes the bulging material to move back to where it belongs and thus away from those nerve endings.
It all sounded sort of complicated and daunting, but at least it was a plausible explanation for the pain and the treatment would be nowhere near as serious as some exploratory surgery. After the treatment, I did feel better. I didn’t have as much pain. The chiropractor said it would take some time to get rid of inflammation associated with the bulging disc. When that inflammation goes down, I should see profound relief from any back pain. It took a few months and I have to say I feel better than I have in years. Going to the chiropractor was definitely the right move for this back pain sufferer.