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    My 11 year old son recently visited a physical trainer/chiropractor as part of a free promotion they were offering for athletes. He evaluated him for range of motion and strength and wants to adjust his pelvis (says it's tilted somehow and he isn't getting as much as power as he could) and start him on an exercise program. My wife and I are reluctant to have him do the adjustment but aren't very knowledgeable on the process. Does anyone have any experience with this?

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    Dont walk, run. Fast.

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      Oh-hell-no--meme-29461.jpg

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      • #4
        He wants to start "adjusting" your 11 year old? Yikes.

        Hard pass.

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          Ty Cobb-"Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher."

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          • #6
            My cousin had a chiropractor that offered to adjust his dog's back. No joke. I wouldnt allow one to work on my kids unless a doctor recommended it....and then maybe still not.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pwrecker289 View Post
              My cousin had a chiropractor that offered to adjust his dog's back. No joke. I wouldnt allow one to work on my kids unless a doctor recommended it....and then maybe still not.
              Nice. I wouldn’t even let one work on my dog!

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              • #8
                My son grew from 5’4” 120 to 5’ 11” 135 the next year to 6’ 160 the following year. He had all kinds of growing pains including O-S (knees) and Severs (heels). He went to a chiropractor for back discomfort. It helped him. Whether it was psychological or not it helped.

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                • #9
                  Don't know about your particular case but....

                  At 13 my son started having back pain. We went through 3 different back specialist with varying degrees of "success" The first one misdiagnosed the problem (and in my mind caused the outcome to be worse than it needed to be). The second got it right but said continued play would be about pain management. The third said he would never make it far and to forget any ideas of scholarship.

                  A parent of a player on his summer team suggested a chiropractor who had helped with their son's back issues. So having nothing to lose we went. He did his test, put him in a body brace for a while, gave him PT, and basically patted him on the back and told him everything will be OK. That was no more pain and 8 years ago, and the kid got his scholarship to a DI power 5 school.

                  That ain't to say this guy isn't a quack, only that they're not all quacks, and there's one who's debt my family will always be in.

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                  • #10
                    Regardless of how you feel about this treatment for an preteen, this practitioner identified an issue. Have it checked out by your sports doc. I personally have no concerns for performing pelvic adjustments by a professional. Imo athletic kids are at higher risk for pelvis trauma by their normal sporting activities

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sparkny2 View Post
                      Regardless of how you feel about this treatment for an preteen, this practitioner identified an issue. Have it checked out by your sports doc. I personally have no concerns for performing pelvic adjustments by a professional. Imo athletic kids are at higher risk for pelvis trauma by their normal sporting activities
                      Yeah, go ahead and ask a sports med physician or orthopedist about that “pelvic tilt” and adjustments. Guaranteed they will say its a bunch of garage. I have spent the better part of my life diagnosing high level athletes injuries. In my opinion, chiropractic care and manipulation has NO place for adolescents.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for sharing your CV here, I am sure your patients love you. I guess we will have to disagree about the bunch of garbage, some sports meds do prescribe PT that include pelvic adjustments, but they must be quacks.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sparkny2 View Post
                          Thanks for sharing your CV here, I am sure your patients love you. I guess we will have to disagree about the bunch of garbage, some sports meds do prescribe PT that include pelvic adjustments, but they must be quacks.
                          Please don't conflate PT and chiropractic care. Of course, there is a role for many forms of pelvic therapy but not adjustments on adolescents. Certainly nothing in the literature. And I did not provide my cv, I just meant it as a bit of background context for op. He asked for peoples experience and I provided mine. Everyone’s experience varies I suppose.
                          Last edited by Hotcorner1717; 01-11-2020, 03:58 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hotcorner1717 View Post
                            In my opinion, chiropractic care and manipulation has NO place for adolescents.
                            Hers's my experience in a little more detail. Saw two spine specialest for the kids back pain. The first one screwed it up royally, second got it right but offered no real hope or way forward. Only a lifetime of doctor visits. Saw the chiropractor, he offered a way forward that involved a body brace, but he didn't think he could prescribe it so he set up a third visit with another specialist who could. My wife called me in tears after the visit. I guess the man said that he wouldn't prescribe the brace, that there was no real hope for the kid as far as sports went, to forget any hopes of scholarships and resign your selves to your fate. It seemed to me traditional medicine was more concerned with securing a patient for life than trying to find a positive outcome.

                            Bilateral pars defect.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SomeBaseballDad View Post

                              Hers's my experience in a little more detail. Saw two spine specialest for the kids back pain. The first one screwed it up royally, second got it right but offered no real hope or way forward. Only a lifetime of doctor visits. Saw the chiropractor, he offered a way forward that involved a body brace, but he didn't think he could prescribe it so he set up a third visit with another specialist who could. My wife called me in tears after the visit. I guess the man said that he wouldn't prescribe the brace, that there was no real hope for the kid as far as sports went, to forget any hopes of scholarships and resign your selves to your fate. It seemed to me traditional medicine was more concerned with securing a patient for life than trying to find a positive outcome.

                              Bilateral pars defect.
                              I am glad things worked out for your boy. Non-conventional methods are being put into practice and gaining more acceptance in traditional medicine. Did your follow up with the second doctor after seeing the chiro?

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