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Common Misiagnosed Conditions

Conditions We See

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Here are the most serious misdiagnosed chiropractic conditions in Amsterdam:
  • Elevated Rib Cage
    This is the great mimicker. It can cause middle back pain, chest pain similar to heart problems, shoulder pain, and rib pain. Patients with this condition often go through cardiologist exams, physical therapy, and all manner of unnecessary drama until they come to Dr Drewry. This is easy to diagnose and pain-free to correct. Patients respond immediately if this is the cause.
  • Diaphram Inhibition on One Side
    This is another problem that mimics several other problems. The diaphragm is a muscle that controls breathing. An inhibition of one side can cause breathing problems, chest pain, rib or shoulder pain. This is easy for Dr Drewry to diagnose and correct. Patients respond immediately if this is the cause. Facilitating an inhibited diaphragm is slightly painful but dramatically effective.
  • Spondylolisthesis
    Classic symptoms: Pain that radiates from the low back to the front of the hips or groin. Unable to stand up completely straight without pain. Forward slouch. Many patients who have been to other chiropractors for low back pain without relief have this condition. Many practitioners are not trained to recognize spondylolisthesis.
  • Origin/Insertion Problems with a Muscle Attachment
    Symptoms: Pain when moving, turning, trying to get up. Worse when you first start moving, gets better after walking. Most common areas: Lower back/knee groin/QL/Glutes/Medial knee/adductor.
  • Shoulder Pain or Weakness
    The shoulder is the most complex joint in the body. Patients who come in with shoulder problems fit this criteria: 50% have no problem in the shoulder at all. Most of these are direct pressure on the C5 or C6 nerve roots in the neck on the same side. These are corrected easily. Some of these are upper back problems, but the patient feels it in their shoulder. The other 50% have some combination of slipped bicipital tendon, or anterior gleno-humeral joint. Most will have some rotator muscles switched off. About 10% of shoulder pain is subdeltoid bursitis.
  • Headaches/Dizziness/Anxiety/Neck Pain
    Many of these cases are simple misalignments of the bones in the neck, causing direct pressure on nerve roots.
  • Brachial Plexus Syndrome/Brachial Neuritis
    Pain/weakness/tintelling in the arms. Diaphram dysfunction and/or rotated rib cage causing middle back pain, or sometimes anxiety and chest pain

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