Patient Says Chiropractor Ruined His Back

Published: 2010-04-10 05:20:13
Author: LIZ POTOCSNAK | Courthouse News Service | February 22, 2010

DALTON, Ga. (CN) - A patient says his chiropractor snapped off a piece of a spinal disc that ended up lodging into his nerve roots. He claims the botched spinal manipulation caused excruciating pain, numbness in his legs, and left him shuffling with a walker.

Michael Doran says he started feeling numbness and tingling in his legs within minutes of leaving his appointment with Dr. John Wall. Doran says he underwent five more "adjustments" before an MRI was ordered, "due to concerns that [he] could lose control of his bowels."

In his complaint in Whitfield County Court, Doran says his back was not even hurting that badly the day he got his first "adjustment," in a 20-minute procedure.

He heard a "pop," he says, but did not think much of it until numbness and tingling spread down his legs. By 2 p.m. that same day, Doran says, he had to leave work because the pain and tingling had gotten so bad.

The next morning, he says, he could not get out of bed due to "stabbing, excruciating pain," and he called Wall for help. He claims that without giving him an MRI, Wall diagnosed his problem as "sciatica," a condition that Wall said needed further adjustments: roughly $1,500 worth.

Doran says he underwent five more treatments and still could not walk without a walker.

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