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“I am 90% better thanks to Advanced Health Institute!”
I walked into Advanced Health Institute on December 5, 2013 desperate for help. I was scared and unsure if anyone would really be able to help me. I was afraid to go to a chiropractor. I was more afraid to hear that the pain would never go away. But, I need to try the only thing I had not done yet. Here I am 4 1/2 months later and all I can say is it was honestly the best decision I have ever made!!!!!!
I’m a 44 year old woman with 2 wonderful children. I am always on the go and do everything possible to not let anything stop me. I have been a truck driver for almost 21 years. I worked for a linen company that required heavy lifting, going up and down stairs with clean and dirty laundry, and not so safe conditions. I fractured my T9 vertebra almost 17 yrs ago. Surgery was not an option and it basically left me unable to do my job anymore. Physical therapy and meds did not help me at all.
In 2000 my back was so bad that I was leaning to the side. I had a shooting pain down my left leg that was so bad my life just stopped. In 2001, I had no choice left. I had lower back surgery to repair a few disc and my sciatic nerve. I instantly was out of pain. I was now able to return to a normal life and was riding a bike 10 days later. No physical therapy or pain meds needed. I was a happy camper. But my T9 area seemed to be worse. So I learned all the stretching and exercises I need to try and survive.
Around 2006 I was sitting in my truck, parking brake on. The driver behind me decided to release his parking break and instead of hitting the brake he hit the gas pedal. He ran right into me. My body pushed forward and slammed me into a very large stirring wheel. My shoulders hurt but that was it. I went to my doctor a few days later and she gave me some muscle relaxer and tylenol 3. It seemed to help. But about 4 months later the headaches started. The chest pain, upper back pain, tingling in my right arm. What the heck happened. No one thought the accident had anything to do with this. I seen an ENT, Neurologist, Neurosurgeon and no one could figure it out. So here comes all the test X-rays, nerve testing, MRI, CT scans, blood work. NOTHING!!!! So let’s start with migraine meds and physical therapy. The migraine medicines did nothing at all. So it’s some muscle relaxers and physical therapy. I found a PT that realized the muscles in my neck where really tight. She did some massage therapy and then would have me exercise.
The headaches became a daily thing. Lift my arm up and welcome headache. Then came the day that the headache was so bad, I could not speak. I went to the emergency room. The doctor gave me some Torodol in my IV. Within 30 mins the headache was 75% gone. The doctor came and sat down and explained what he thought was going on. He wanted me to stop PT, and any weight lifting and do just massage therapy. Also to see a chiropractor. He took my pain away so I had to listen to him…..to a point that is lol.
I was given a prescription for Tylenol 3 and Toradol by my internist. I had to be careful taking them. But I really don’t like pain meds and only use them when I need to. I found a massage therapist who was affordable. In the beginning I went 2 times a week. Then every 10 days. I did the acupuncture which really helped for a period of time. I started feeling better so I thought can’t do any weight lifting. Let me try being a runner. I walk faster than most people run so this should be ok. I trained and did to 5K’s. My headaches where 60% better and the Toradol really helped to kill the pain. So I am good to keep training. I started yoga for runners but seemed to not be so good at yoga anymore. I tried sprinting to build up my speed but I started to get slower. My left knee was bad and now my right knee had this numbing feeling in it. My headaches are only helped when I have a deep tissue massage and take meds. Well I have no choice….. that tall doctor that I talked to at the running expo was a chiropractor. He talked to me for a good 10 mins and insisted he could help. Let me try the knee doctor first and go from there.
Well the nice knee doctor said physical therapy will help. So I went right home and found the free bag he gave me. I called and made my appointment that minute. I seen Dr. Cory and spent almost 2 hours doing X-rays, physical exam, and past history. He explained that the doctors meet as a group and go over everything together. Everyone decides the plan for the patient. He made an appointment for 1 week later to discuss the results. My hips,neck and middle of my spine are off alignment. They will teach me the correct way to stretch, exercise and gave me a brace to wear 1 hour a day. My 3 day a week appointments start now. Impressed I was! Now lets see if he can crack my back LOL… sorry adjust my spine is the correct way to say it. Well I had that guy sweating. It was not going to be easy at all. That they soon realized. Looks like my muscles are a major problem. I have knots everywhere. Change of plans. No more stretching (FYI Angela is the best at helping you learn to stretch correctly) it’s making my headaches worse.
Adjustments, traction, deep tissue massage and shots. Wait a second, SHOTS????? Like shots of tequilla??? Nope licoden shots right into the muscles to help loosen all the knots. Heather, the nurse practitioner will be part of the group now to fix me up. Gaby, the massage therapist had me in tears. There was nothing relaxing about the massage. I won’t lie to you, it was awful. My body was full of knots and she had to do it. But within weeks of the shots and deep tissue massage my adjustment became a relief to me. I was able to stand in correct posture without pain. My headaches are less frequent. Could it be?
I did miss appointments and believe me I could tell the difference. I didn’t realize how much my adjustment helped me. I had learned so much from the entire staff. I can joke with them and feel comfortable with all of them. Now I can walk in the door and tell them exactly what hurts, what I did to cause the pain. I did this a few weeks back. Dr. Pat knew instantly it was my SI joint. She set me up for a special injection to help with the pain. It really works. I am still in the processes of the treatment. But I can see the difference already. Dr. Matthew is now working on my knees. He took X-rays today and is setting up my plan. Now if you remember, I started going there for my knees but I had bigger problems that needed addressing first.
I have graduated to once a week visits. I have started to train in my running again. Once in a while I will take a tylenol if I can’t stop the pain with stretching. I listen to their advice and ask before I want to do a new physical activity. I never want to go back to December 2013 again. I am happier now. My mind is clear and I can concentrate better. I spent years destroying my body and it won’t be fixed in 4 1/2 months either. I will continue my weekly visits for a long time. I will also always be a patient of theirs because I always want to be pain free. I have a running goal and they are making me see IT IS possible to reach. I am very happy to say that I am 90% better thanks to Advanced Health Institute and their great staff!!!!
– Wendy Harling
“I felt relief immediately!”
I was having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. It was difficult just getting out of bed and it was very painful. Daily activities like laundry and driving the car were very difficult to live with and I was frustrated with it all and doing pain medications. When I had my consult and exam, everything went better since then. I felt relief immediately after the first treatment!
– Tracy, Chicago, IL
“No more ice pack!”
I am able to sleep without any pain now in all sides and my back. I don’t have to sleep with an ice pack anymore!
– Sandra, Chicago, IL
I am much better and haven’t felt the stiffness in a long long time. That’s really nice!
– Margaret, Chicago, IL
My back and hips were hurting me and since I’ve been coming here, I’m really in top shape.
– Julie, Chicago, IL