All in Good Time – What It Means to Be Healed

“If you don’t have the [guts] to brake late, that’s your problem.”

-Lewis Hamilton, current reigning and 3 time Formula 1 World Drivers Champion

e-newsletter-11-17Mr. Hamilton’s Mercedes AMG W-06, considered by many to be the most advanced and powerful (by weight) racing car in the world can stop from 60mph to 0 in less than 50 feet. I drive a full size, super crew Ford truck, it takes 129 feet to stop from 60mph and Dr. Lam (our other Bel Air Chiropractor) drives some sort of highly engineered Subaru which stops much sooner, but still not that fast.  Of course all this also depends on maintenance, tires, weather etc.  In other words, nothing stops on a literal dime. Once you hit the brakes, you keep going; nothing happens instantaneously. This is also true for your body.  Once you go on a diet, you don’t instantly lose weight, and once you start treatment, you aren’t instantly healed.

What do we mean by “healed”?

Many people believe being healed is to be become pain-free. Not true.  Pain is not a disease, it’s a symptom. A sign if you will; if you have pain, you’ve got a problem. Healed is when that problem is fixed or at least stabilized. As per the AMA (American Medical Association) that means:

  • Perceived Activities of Daily Living Disability less than 4%. Basically, can you perform everyday tasks with little to no pain or interference?  This is one of the forms we ask you to fill out.
  • Full functional range of motion measurements. Do your joints move as far as they should?
  • Proper muscle strength ratios, extensors (muscles that open a joint) should be a specific percent stronger than flexors (muscles that close a joint).
  • Resolving of functional limitations. You can physically do everything you did before.

Unless the above are resolved, the joint’s not fixed. The problems just fester and ferment until they boil over and strike again; be that days, weeks, months or even years later.

In cars, braking times vary depending on make model and level of maintenance; your body is the same. Healing times vary with age, genetics and lifestyle.  Healing may take weeks to months. It involves reducing inflammation, rehabbing muscles, tendons and ligaments; restoring motion to the joints, hydration to the discs and proprioception.

This may often involve combining care with all our providers. For example, as the TMJ specialist in Bel Air, not only will we prescribe chiropractic, but also massage, acupuncture and physical therapy to restore the joint to its proper working order, as well as ease the pain in your jaw.


I have been having severe pain since 2014. I’ve had a full battery of x-rays/MRI done to diagnose my condition [as] severe arthritis. After I was prescribed an injection that I was told would take care of everything, the pain was back, worse than before. Dr. Lee reviewed my x-rays and MRI and set up a treatment plan... After the 1st visit my pain has decreased. I can already feel a big difference.

Before coming to Dr. Lee, my ankle pain would wake me up during the night because of its severity. Dr. Lee has helped alleviate the pain in my ankle. By performing specific exercises twice per week, the pain is non-existent!

I have been a patient of Dr.Lee's for about 10 months now. As a 22 year old, I have been suffering from back pain since I was about 13 years old. The pain increased a few years ago and despite physical therapy performed at other facilities, and pain medications from the doctor I was unable to control the level of discomfort. I found Dr. Lee and have been extremely happy with my results.

I came to Dr. Lee with several aches and pains. I was nervous about receiving chiropractic treatment but Dr. Lee eased my concerns by thoroughly making sure that I was a safe candidate for adjustments... After regular adjustments and Physical Therapy, my knee pain is gone, my elbow pain is gone, my ankle and wrist are improving AND I’m reducing the migraines I used to get too!

I began seeing Dr. Lee after noticing severe tenderness and pain in my left hip region... I was lucky to find Dr. Lee when I did, not only did he help me discover that the pain in my hip was actually related to a mass growing uncontrollably but he also gave me the comfort I’d been searching for with chiropractic. I’d recommend Dr. Lee to anyone who wants to be pain-free!

I have had lower back problems for about 35 years. As I aged, they were getting worse. I also noticed I was over weight. I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab because Dr. Lee could address both issues as part of a unified plan. The diet regimen, chiropractic, and personalized exercises worked!

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had pain in my neck and shoulders... Now that I’m an adult, my pain continues, but Dr. Lee is helping me a lot. I have an appointment twice a week, and I can definitely tell a difference. I use pain management along with the tens unit and physical therapy. All three of these services are working great and I’m definitely feeling better.

I have had back problems for years. I have been to other chiropractors I have even gone to medical doctors no one has been able to make it feel any better. Then I found Dr. Lee I have finally found relief. I am feeling so much better after starting care at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab.

I began seeing Dr. Lee because of a shooting pain I developed in my left heel... After a brief examination, Dr. Lee explained to me that my pain was being caused by Plantar Fasciitis... Shortly after Dr. Lee began treating my heel, I noticed that I was experiencing less and less discomfort. In a few short weeks, I was able to continue my exercise routine and enjoy my daily activities pain-free!

When I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab I was very skeptical. After only 2 weeks at Susquehanna Spine and Rehab the severe pain in my neck, shoulder and arm had greatly improved … NO MORE PAIN! I can now sleep through the night without waking up in pain! THANK YOU SUSQUEHANNA SPINE & REHAB!!!

My daughter started falling up the stairs at school and having severe knee pain for no apparent reason... Dr. Lee did a thorough exam and walked us through his entire treatment plan. Every appointment was made at a time convenient to my schedule. Heather has made wonderful progress and is now pain-free. Dr. Lee was always available for questions and kept me well informed of her progress.