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My lymph nodes are painful and swollen after atlas adjustment. Please help.


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Dr. Divya Banu M

Published At April 10, 2019
Reviewed AtJanuary 30, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Three days ago, I had my atlas adjusted and now for two days, the lymph nodes (cervical lymph nodes) in my neck have been extremely painful and swollen for the last two days. I have no fever or other symptoms. Should I be concerned? I had my atlas which was supposedly two degrees off by an atlas orthogonal chiropractor. I originally went in because of my knee and wrist pain then before I knew it, I was having my atlas adjusted by a machine. My last few days I have been miserable and feeling awful. Exhausted, my lymph nodes are so painful on the sides of my neck I have been in bed all day. I just feel this might be related but I do not know.


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What I see there might be some changes in the muscles which may have led to compression over the lymph nodes? Few basic things to ask before I proceed. Are you having pain in the neck? Is the pain sharp shooting or dull aching? Are you feeling any kind of muscle tightness near the neck? Any signs of swelling? The pain in the knee and wrist can be of different pathology and need a different approach. Coming back to the history, the swelling in lymph node if you suspect then you need a physician approach than the chiropractor. We need to check out why the lymph nodes got swollen. Is it due to any pathology or due to some external factors. Usually, this area does not allow lymph nodes to get swollen sooner until there is some pathology and it is always good on our side to take care of our body in proper guidelines. Hope you take this matter to a physician first rather than a chiropractor. As per my practice of 12 years I never recommend cases with lymph node issue to chiropractor as the job is different.

The Probable causes

The probable cause is degenerative disc disease.

Investigations to be done

Do MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the cervical spine.

Differential diagnosis

The differential diagnosis is trapezitis.

Probable diagnosis

Neck pain.

Treatment plan

Use Ice pack and take rest.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Jay Indravadan Patel
Jay Indravadan Patel


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