Pain on right side low back after adjustments

by Cee Cee
(Indian Trail, NC)

Went to chiropractor to be treated for hip/pelvic rotation. He had be lay on my back and did what he said was a common rotation to free stuck sacroiliac joint. After a few visits, I started having pain in low right side of back -- sharp, intense and rotation to right side was limited. Muscles on right side of back started to tighten. To this day it is not totally gone....What could it be? Massage therapist noted that is could be facet related. How could this happen?


Hello Cee Cee,
Apologies for the delay.

Mm, this isn't too clear, because of the terminology. For what reason did you got to the chiropractor. How did you know your hip/ pelvis were rotated? Stiffness? Pain? Where?

I'm not sure how rotating the hip would have freed a stuck SI joint. Flexing the hip, yes, but rotation? And frankly, it's such a benign treatment, I'm not sure how it gave you lower back pain either. Perhaps he did some other treatments that may have caused the back pain.

There's always the possibility with any and every treatment, chiropractic as well as medical, to make the condition worse. It's known as Iatrogentic Illness.

At Chiropractic-Help.com you'll find some lower back exercises in the Navigation Bar on the left. Start doing them faithfully.

If the pain continues, I would recommend you either go back to the same chiro and tell him your back is worse or, if you have no confidence in him, do some homework and find an experienced chiropractor in town. Or, see your GP for advice.

I hope this has contributed.

Dr B

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