Acute fracture of posterior lateral fifth rib from chiropractic adjustment

Felt sharp chest pain after adjustment from chiropractor, and told him it hurt bad. He stopped the adjustments, and continued treatment on lower spine with heat and electric stim.


Pain significantly increased at home within the next few days, so went to urgent care for an X-ray, and was told that my rib is fractured and slightly displaced. It should take about 8 weeks to heal.

I'm a 54 year old female.

I'm sorry about this, but it's one of the more common parts of doctor-caused disease by chiropractors. I've had my own share, on average one every five years.

I hope you told the chiropractor, and he ate humble pie; vase of flowers?

So many people benefit from the rib adjustment, that we cannot stop using it because of the occasional misadventures. Still, I'm sorry, it's hurts, a lot. But you will recover completely as you were told in about 6-8 weeks.

It raises two questions. Firstly was he just heavy handed, or secondly could it be an early sign, a warning to you that you may be osteopaenic; or both?

Every single woman should assume that she will probably one day suffer one day from a degree of brittle bone disease, and you especially. At 54 there's time to do something about it if you heed this little warning.

Don't take calcium supplements, by the way; recurrent research is revealing that it significantly raises the coronary calcium levels leading to increased cardiac disease.

Take Hippocrates' advice; get the calcium from your food, then it won't affect your heart but will strengthen your bones.

Type "best calcium for osteoporosis" into the site search in the navigation bar on your left.

Absolutely avoid Fosamax, and osteoporosis is one of the side effects of many medications including antidepressants.

Thank you for sharing your story; it's a salient reminder to every chiropractor to be as gentle as possible.

Dr B

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