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Slipped on ice, fell straight on back, week later having upper back pain


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Beloved Amanda · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 0

Last Sunday, I rushed and wound up slipping and falling straight on my back.
It's been a week now, and beginning yesterday I have a sharp pain in my upper back area.
Hard to breathe deep, cough, move too much.

Not sure what's wrong or what should I do ?

Could be strained or something, just not sure.

Josh Allred · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Mar 2011 · Points: 165

I would go see a chiropractor.

Webster Slavens · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 10
I would go see a chiropractor
Please do not follow this advice. Go see a qualified, professional medical doctor that adheres to sound science based medical practices. The problem could very well be significant, and alternative medicine will very likely misdiagnose and mistreat you.
Mountain Project is not the venue to receive proper medical advice. Do not accept any offerings of diagnosis here. Even if there is the occasional doctor that climbs that browses this website littered with often dubious recommendations, they would not offer medical diagnosis over this forum. They would strongly suggest you get evaluated in a clinical setting. If you don't have insurance, call in whatever favors owed to you from family, friends, etc. so that you can get it paid for.
Just to emphasize my point again, do not go to a chiropractor, go to a properly certified medical doctor in a clinical setting to get evaluated.
Hiro Kurotsuchi · · Colorado · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 300

This must be a joke. You're asking for medical advice here?

Ben B · · saint helens, oregon · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 325
Hiro wrote:This must be a joke. You're asking for medical advice here?
You must be new.
Scott O · · Anchorage · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 70
Josh Allred wrote:I would go see a chiropractor.
You must like wasting money.
Scott O · · Anchorage · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 70
Webster Slavens wrote:I would go see a chiropractor Please do not follow this advice. Go see a qualified, professional medical doctor that adheres to sound science based medical practices. The problem could very well be significant, and alternative medicine will very likely misdiagnose and mistreat you. Mountain Project is not the venue to receive proper medical advice. Do not accept any offerings of diagnosis here. Even if there is the occasional doctor that climbs that browses this website littered with often dubious recommendations, they would not offer medical diagnosis over this forum. They would strongly suggest you get evaluated in a clinical setting. If you don't have insurance, call in whatever favors owed to you from family, friends, etc. so that you can get it paid for. Just to emphasize my point again, do not go to a chiropractor, go to a properly certified medical doctor in a clinical setting to get evaluated.
This is the correct post.
Meme Guy · · Land of Runout Slab · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 325
Optimistic · · New Paltz · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 300
Webster Slavens wrote:I would go see a chiropractor Please do not follow this advice. Go see a qualified, professional medical doctor that adheres to sound science based medical practices. The problem could very well be significant, and alternative medicine will very likely misdiagnose and mistreat you. Mountain Project is not the venue to receive proper medical advice. Do not accept any offerings of diagnosis here. Even if there is the occasional doctor that climbs that browses this website littered with often dubious recommendations, they would not offer medical diagnosis over this forum. They would strongly suggest you get evaluated in a clinical setting. If you don't have insurance, call in whatever favors owed to you from family, friends, etc. so that you can get it paid for. Just to emphasize my point again, do not go to a chiropractor, go to a properly certified medical doctor in a clinical setting to get evaluated.
All of the above is right but I'd add: Probably this is something fairly innocent, but the timecourse you're describing here is kind of unusual. If you were my patient, I'd feel quite uncomfortable having you go home without a couple of basic tests ordered and resulted negative. In the end, the chiropractor suggestion could be perfectly fine, but this needs to be thought about a little first by an MD/DO...to make sure it's actually a muscle that's the source of your pain!
T Roper · · the gym · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 865

Hi, I'm a chiropractor(not). I know exactly whats wrong. You are out of alignment. I can fix you. Come see me twice a week for 2 months and then once a week for another 6 months and you will be just fine.

clay meier · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2008 · Points: 350

Its probably nothing. I hurt my back a few years ago and now I just make sure to always have a subtle mixture of vicoden, whisky, THC, and crack cocaine in my system at all times. I feel great!

Beloved Amanda · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 0

Yea I just called in an appointment for my doctor. I wasn't sure it was really worth it because I did fall, and my back could be sore or bruised. But wanted to see what other people thought.

As for the immature idiots. With no respect on this forum, go screw yourselves.
I was asking for advice point blank, I'm smart enough to not follow 20 people's different suggestions but to accumulate my own.
No need to be nasty, but I guess that's the WAY y'all are.

Thanks again!

Optimistic · · New Paltz · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 300
Beloved Amanda wrote:Yea I just called in an appointment for my doctor. I wasn't sure it was really worth it because I did fall, and my back could be sore or bruised. But wanted to see what other people thought. As for the immature idiots. With no respect on this forum, go screw yourselves. I was asking for advice point blank, I'm smart enough to not follow 20 people's different suggestions but to accumulate my own. No need to be nasty, but I guess that's the WAY y'all are. Thanks again!
Hope you heal up soon. If you feel comfortable sharing it afterward, I'd be curious to hear what your doc said, and what workup and treatment she/he thought was needed, if any.
Dave Bn · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 10

Lawyer up! Take that ice for all it's got!

chuffnugget · · Bolder, CO · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 0

defiantly don't se a chiropractor, accupucturist, PT, rolfer, or any of those quacks. you are much better off with a general or ortho - they will check your vitals then prescribe some addictive painkillers... or maybe invasive surgery! yay!

beccs · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 114

A GP is a good place to start, but keep in mind that many GPs are not super good with soft tissue issues. They'll probably get you to get an xray and have you take some anti inflamatories for the moment.

If things are still bothering you I think alternative treatment from either a chiropractor, PT or a message therapist may be in order. Keep in mind that not every chiro/PT/MT is created equal. Different ones offer different therapy, some understand being pysically active better than others.

Obviously people on this forum have gotten sone bad chiropractors. I personally have found visits to the crack ma'am as the best therapy for my back, along with a lot core strengthening (as prompeted by my chiropractor). This may or may not be the case for you. Regardless, watch out for quacks and gimicky setups.

T Roper · · the gym · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 865

I'm not a doctor but I'd suggest X-rays and someone who can read them properly.

wankel7 · · Indiana · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 10

Broken rib?

Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 564
Beloved Amanda wrote:Yea I just called in an appointment for my doctor. I wasn't sure it was really worth it because I did fall, and my back could be sore or bruised. But wanted to see what other people thought. As for the immature idiots. With no respect on this forum, go screw yourselves. I was asking for advice point blank, I'm smart enough to not follow 20 people's different suggestions but to accumulate my own. No need to be nasty, but I guess that's the WAY y'all are. Thanks again!
So you signed up for MP today, have made exactly ZERO contributions, ask for free advice and then get all insulting when it isn't offered in a polite enough fashion to suit you?

Not a pretty picture.
Red · · Tacoma, Toyota · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 1,478
Mark E Dixon wrote: So you signed up for MP today, have made exactly ZERO contributions, ask for free advice and then get all insulting when it isn't offered in a polite enough fashion to suit you? Not a pretty picture.
That's called trolling.

no?
Jeff G. · · Fort Collins · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 865

I'm an outpatient orthopedic PT with 25 years experience.
Get an x-ray. If nothing is broken then you may have a costo-vertebral joint problem. (joint where the rib hooks onto the spine). Easily fixed and worth getting it worked on to avoid future problems. I would see a reputable chiropractor or a good manipulative physical therapist.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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