Category Archives: Joints

Real Story: 70 years of leg pain

Nothing in medicine is an exact science.

I’ll restate that:  You can’t consistently predict the outcome of any treatment for any health problem, there are just too many variables.

I consulted with a woman who told me she had her leg pain for 70 years.  Not the usual patient history…

She told me that she remembers her mother taking her to the doctor when she was age 5 or 6 complaining of right leg pain.  They assured her that it was growing pains and would go away.  Except, it didn’t. Now,  in her mid 70s, she still has a chronic pain in her right leg – living with it all these years.  Then, a friend of hers said I helped him with his leg pain…

Ask me… how confident I was about accepting this case? (Not very)

But, we got an x-ray of her back (where the nerves to the legs begin), and we found that she had some structural misalignment. I offered her a trial of care.  What do we have to lose? She surprised both of us when she got good relief from her leg pain.

Most patients I treat have had a pinched nerve or a disc problem for one or two weeks.  This patient was a good reminder not to rule out helping those really chronic cases, because I often see them improve and get active again.  It’s exciting when it works out well!

Structural problems irritate your joints and your nerves, and they hurt.  And there’s no pill to fix a structural problem…  Ever.  If you have a nerve problem, whether it’s 1 day or 70 years in the making, call us.

If you need to heal, see Dr Neal.

Good and bad decisions

Rhetorical question: How do we learn to make good decisions in our lives?

Answer:  By making bad decisions and learning a lesson.  

 I am treating a patient who had an automobile accident. Not a bad one, but he could tell something was different. The patient came in to have me check it out. We have worked on him five or six times. He’s doing much, much better – 95 to 98% improvement, so we’re almost done.

The better story here….

He went to see his family MD for another concern. During his visit, he was telling the nurse that he had been in to see us for his injury.  She said, “that was the right thing to do.” She continued to tell him that she had an accident 10 years ago, and she was never treated because the symptoms weren’t severe. Now she has a stiff neck every single day.  She regrets not seeing a chiropractor after her accident.

So…Nurse Elaine.

If you are reading this, I recommend that you get in here as soon as possible. I can still do some good work for you even though your injury was 10 years ago.  Thank you for encouraging my patient by letting him know that he made a good choice to get treatment after his accident.

I treat a lot of nurses. They see me, or sometimes, they experience all the consequences of not getting an injury properly treated, even if it is a minor injury.

If you have upset the alignment and movement patterns of a joint in your body, it will cause you problems in the future. There are very few certainties in the world of healthcare, but I can promise you a misaligned joint with an abnormal pattern of movement is going to breakdown, degenerate, and eventually, cause trouble.

Get it fixed ASAP.  It’s better for you, and it makes my job easier.

If you need to heal, see Dr. Neal!