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You wrote, Methinks that clause is a cover-all that probably can't really be enforced, although of course they can try. I'd perhaps get an opinion from a lawyer, or just find another doctor (or perhaps not a chiropractor at all and stick to actual medical professionals, but that's just me ;) ).

Yes, I don't think the clause is enforcable either. But I'm leaning toward not going unless they remove it from the contract as a matter of principal.

I actually had an appointment this morning that I cancelled because I had read this contract last night and couldn't bring myself to sign. Instead of going to the appointment, I called and cancelled and wrote this post on TMF instead.

So... Are physical therapists not actual medical professionals? (Any good chiropractor knows he's little more than a variant on a physical therapist. They're both therapist; but the chiropractor focuses on the skeletal structure over the muscular, while the physical therapist tends to do the opposite.) Government studies have shown that physical therapies and chiropractic adjustments offer superior pain relief for mild to moderately intense low-back pain and sciatica, when compared to traditional treatments approved by the AMA and offered by most medical doctors. Those treatments usually involve medications, such as pain killers, muscle relaxers (anti-spasmodics), anti-inflamatories and steriods.


I've already tried all of those treatments and they all have side effects that are often as bad or worse than the problem they're treating. They're certainly problematic when you're talking about treating a chronic problem such as a ruptured disc.

My choice of treatment has been Celebrex (200mg 2x/day) and chiropractic therapy. However, it's been increasingly necessary to supplement my Celebrex with naproxin. My physician won't up my Celebrex dosage and the stomach problems caused by prolonged use of naproxin are almost as bad as the pain it relieves. From my experience steriods help and have few negative short-term side effects; but she won't prescribe any more of those either.

At this point, she's offering a maintance prescription of a muscle relaxer (treats one of the symptoms) and she's referred me to this chiropractor that also offers physical therapy. The only remaining alternatives are: 1) seek a new physician; 2) spinal fusion (remove the disc and fuse the vertebra); or 3) replace the disc with an artifical one. The later option has only recently been approved for use in the States, so there's not a lot of long-term emperical data on this treatment option.

- Joel
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