“The first adjustment was rather painful but soon the adjustments improved and the pain in my arms and wrists (from tendonitis) decreased like magic. I almost never have any pain. It is absolutely wonderful.”
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I first experienced low back pain when I was 15 yrs old, but still managed to become an excellent athlete in high school and in college, and even went on to a brief career in professional baseball. That low back pain/spasm, however, managed to catch up to me and prematurely ended my baseball career at age 22. For the next 8 years, I managed to live a fairly normal, active life, but could never ignore that periodic episode of back spasm, sometimes severe, several times a year.
After seeing 10 different doctors and going through dozens of physical therapy sessions, I finally got my Orthopedic doctor to recommend I have a Milogram to see if I had structural damage. Well, the Milo revealed I had a Herniated Disc and I had surgery at age 30. While the Dr. gave me no promises, I did have major relief almost immediately after surgery, but I still experienced episodes of low back spasms for the next 25 years, albeit not as frequent and not as severe. I also developed a neck condition that another Orthopedic described as severe arthritis. My neck symptoms were severe stiff necks that became more frequent and more severe.
I am now 56 years old. In the past 3 yrs, my ability to play golf or do anything remotely close to exercise was constantly hampered by low back pain/spasm, or neck stiffness, sometimes brought on my an exercise. Even yard work became an invitation for pain. I had seen my family doctor a few times over the past few years, but all I got was muscle relaxers, pain relievers and referrals for physical therapy. None of that gave me any lasting relief, so I thought I was destined to a very miserable future.
In January of 2001, I thought I would give O’Dell Family Chiropractic a chance to perform a “miracle” for me. Like most people, I initially rejected the notion of having to commit a fairly significant amount of money on something I wasn’t sure would work. But I had tried just about everything else, so I decided Chiropractic was my last resort. Little did I realize the significance of that decision!
My initial exam revealed Stage 4 Arthritis in my neck and Stage 3 Arthritis in my low back. Additionally, I came to realize I had very little curvature in both my neck and back. While this sounded demoralizing, I was encouraged to sign up for the program and promised I would benefit from regular adjustments. So, I placed my trust and faith in the hands of Drs. Jen and Bill for the next year.
After my first week of daily visits, I felt terrific already, but wondered if I would have to be adjusted daily for the rest of my life to feel good. My program developed into 3 times a week, then weekly by 6 months and I have been on a weekly program for the past 6 months. Now it’s time for my annual progress checkup, but I don’t need a check up to tell me how good I feel. I opened 2001 feeling physically defeated. I open 2002 feeling physically re-born. I went through looking forward to my adjustments to relive pain to looking forward to adjustments to avoid pain. I can honestly say I have not had a back or neck episode for 1 yr. There is no way it could be a coincidence that I have been under Chiropractic care the past year. I have been religious with my home stretching and exercise program, and have taken advantage of several informational classes offered by the office.
I have accepted the fact I have physical condition called Arthritis. I have also accepted the fact I have achieved physical happiness through Chiropractic. Oh, regarding the cost…I am worth it!
Dear Dr. O’Dell, Finally after months of procrastination I am writing my testimony of how chiropractic treatments have made a miraculous difference in my life and have helped my daughter as well.
For those reading this, my shortened life story is this: I herniated a disk in my lower back in 1983. The bulging disc was virtually eliminated through a chemical injection, and after years of physical therapy, various tests, MRI’s, and other such “High tech medical stuff” I had learned to live with the daily pain, taking inflammation pills and Tylenol when needed. And I was told never, NEVER go to a chiropractor, it was crackery of the inth degree.
In the fall of 1997 I hurt my back again playing with my daughter, or so I thought. The pain was so severe and affected my leg and lower back that I thought I had herniated another disc. After a month of agonizing pain and a week in the hospital I was told I had tore all the muscle tissue away from my right femur. An had contracted a rare form of arthritis known as Reiter’s Syndrome or Reactive Arthritis. I was on high doses of steroids and was taking inflammation pills three times a day as well as Tylenol. I had been doing this off and on for the last four years and was told I needed to take an antibiotic for at least a year since this form of arthritis is activated by any illnesses. That’s when I came to your office as a “last” resort in September of 2001.
After less than two months of treatment, I was off all steroids, taking the inflammation pills and Tylenol once or twice a day. After another month I stopped taking those regularly and only take them sporadically, mainly when I’ve done something I shouldn’t have. And even then after a few treatments, a few snaps, cracks and pops I don’t need to take them anymore, until the next time I do something I shouldn’t.
Now I tell everyone that I go to the “Crack-a-practors” and feel great and my wife has commented numerous times that she “absolutely hated” it when I took steroids as it changed my personality, much like Dr. Jekyl, Mr. Hyde. She is very grateful that my physical ailments have greatly improved.’
My daughter has also been helped immensely from receiving treatments. Before coming she complained constantly of headaches and neck aches. Her x-rays showed her with an almost opposite of normal curve in her neck and lower back. With treatment her headaches have almost disappeared. Her x-rays show a marked improvement in her lower back curve and in time I’m sure her neck will return to normal as well. Thank you and your staff so much for your concern for our health and well being. I only wish I had NOT listened to the nay Sayers 19 years ago and went to the “crack-a-practor” then. I’m praying that we will find another group of “crack-a-practors” like you all in our new home in Ohio. God bless all of you,
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