One of our new patients has given us permission to share his story. Everyone at our office is excited, and it has reminded me why I became a chiropractor. In the words of the patient:
“I have been having severe pain since Thanksgiving 2014. I have had several meetings with an orthopedic doctor whose specialty was arthritis and joint replacement. I’ve had a full battery of x-rays/MRI done to diagnose my condition to which I was told to be severe arthritis deeply inflamed with fluids pushing on the nerves. After I was prescribed an injection that I was told would take care of everything, the pain was back within 36 hours — worse than before. This pain gradually worsened day by day. I was advised that a full hip replacement was the only way I would get fully better. Doctor Lee reviewed my x-rays and MRI and set up a treatment plan with me. After the first visit my pain has decreased for the first time since Thanksgiving. I can already feel a big difference. “
This patient has continued with his treatment plan and is seeing amazing results! He originally came in with the aid of a walker and has graduated to a cane. In his words, he said, “I caught myself walking fast!” His wife said, “You are really zooming around.” A week ago he was not able to manage stairs with confidence and would actually sit down and slide down the stairs because he was worried that he would fall. He is now taking the stairs on his feet!
While rare, miraculous first adjustments can happen. It’s not like he was able to throw away his cane and tryout for So You Think You Can Dance. But he did go from a 10/10 to a 6/10. One of the many things that go wrong when joints stop working correctly is the nerves associated with that joint get “noisy.” It’s kind of like when all the kids are yelling in the back seat and you have to turn down the radio to see the street signs. You break that interference and the nerves go back to normal, or at least near normal. Completing a full treatment plan is the important component in getting all the damage repaired. You never know, they just might dance on TV.