josser wrote:Before heading out to get chiropractic treatment, I suggest you look into the theory and efficacy of chiropractic. Quackcast episodes 10 and 11 are a good place to start. Let's just say that I will not be visiting a chiropractor in the future.
Haven't seen Quackcast, but I've been to both Chiropractors and Osteopaths to treat my spine, and I won't ever go to a Chiropractor again unless I have absolutely no other option.
Chiropractors treat their work like a business. More profits are to be had if the patient keeps coming back, which means if you treat the symptoms rather than the problem, get that patient to keep coming back, they're yet another cash cow.
Osteopaths treat their work like a calling. They fix the problem, so their patients don't have to keep coming in if they don't have to.
When my back has been OUT (and by out, I mean so much pain that my body refuses to do things like stand up without collapsing), Chiropractic care has taken 3 months to get back to mostly pain-free moving around.
One time I was going to Colorado to go skiing for a week. Threw my back out 2 days before I had to leave, so badly that I had to have someone CARRY my ass to the car to get to the doctor. My osteopath took 30 minutes to fix it, and I went skiing like a mad man without any pain.
Oh yeah, and the last time I went to a chriopractor? He did the "snap your neck" thing and caused me to have neck problems (that still persist, 6 years later) for the first time in my life.
So, in short, if you want to deal with your elbow pain, see an osteopath or a physical therapist, and stay as far away from a chiropractor's office as you can.