Well I’ve been a chiropractor for about 10 years and can tell you for sure that ‘being a good listener’ is not going to solve problems for a person who is in acute pain. I’d have been out of business long ago if that were my only tool!
Also- doncha hate it when the quacks outperform the real physicians?
here’s a precis on two articles that may explain why the person who started this thread was less than thrilled when they presented their back pain to their physician.
These studies were published in Bone and Joint Surgery- a periodical for orthopedic surgeons.
In 1998, two medical doctors at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, contacted all 157 chairpersons of orthopedic residency programs in the United States. Together they developed and validated a basic-competency examination in musculoskeletal medicine to give to the first year residents. The results were astounding, because 82% of the eighty-five medical school graduates failed this BASIC competency exam!
Four years later they redesigned the exam and again gave it to all the residents. Even though the passing grade was LOWERED from 74% to 70% (plus or minus 9.9 percent), 78% of them again failed the exam, with a mean test score average of 59.9 percent!
To add insult to injury, this exact test was given to a group of 51 chiropractic students during their last semester of schooling. The results? 70% of the students passed the test. This is in contrast to an 80% failure rate for the MDs.
For clarity sake, you need appreciate the difference between the chiropractic and the medical participants in these studies.
* The chiropractic group were still JUST STUDENTS
* The medical group had already graduated medical school, been awarded their MD degrees, completed all their hospital rotations, and finally been accepted into highly competitive orthopedic residencies.
One would expect that, during their 5 years of medical training, followed by endless hours of hospital rotations and residency programs, that all these doctors *might have* picked up a little more musculoskeletal knowledge along the way. Evidently this is NOT the case.
These medical authors concluded that residents in orthopedic surgery programs are not provided with sufficient training in NMS analysis. The truth is, they are incompetent in musculoskeletal assessment or treatment. This situation was not corrected during the 4-year interim between the publication of the 1st and 2nd article, and likely has not been corrected 11 years later.
Since that time there has been a storm brewing at medical schools, but in the 11 years since Dr. Freedman published his first paper, medical students still continue to fail on basic musculoskeletal exams, as documented by the following series of peer-reviewed studies. This is a huge problem because “conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system are the primary reason patients seek medical care from physicians, accounting for nearly 100 million office visits per year.  Musculoskeletal conditions are the most common cause of long-term pain and physical disability. ” 
What’s the solution? If you have spinal pain, seek care from someone who is properly trained to assess and manage your care. That person is a chiropractor.
The following articles are listed from the oldest to the newest, so that you can follow the lack of progress in correcting this issue at medical schools.
The Adequacy of Medical School Education in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1998 (Oct); 80-A (10): 1421–1427
This is the original article, which found that 82 per cent of medical school graduates failed a valid musculoskeletal competency examination. They concluded that “we therefore believe that medical school preparation in musculoskeletal medicine is inadequate” and that medical students were inadequately trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal complaints.