After a day at my office, I go home feeling energized because I love what I do. Helping people truly is my passion, and this passion grows when I see the dramatic changes in my office. Instead of talking about a specific condition or something chiropractic can help with, I want to talk about why I do what I do. The best way to explain this is with some of my favorite cases.
One of my earlier cases was actually a family member with severe neck pain. The neck pain was so strong that she was also having carpal tunnel symptoms in her hand, making it difficult to grip items. This person loves to work with her hands doing art, helping people, and staying active with family. Staying out of pain is important to her. The pain and disability had gotten so severe that two of her medical doctors were recommending spinal surgery while stating, “If you get rear-ended in your car, you will be paralyzed.”
I was appalled by what they were telling someone I cared about to get surgery for a condition that I knew I could help, and also for the scare tactics they were using to convince her to get the surgery now. What we saw on the X-ray was a degenerated disc in the neck that was pinching a nerve, which is right up my alley as the local Overland Park chiropractor. Discs in the neck can cause all sorts of problems, referenced in this post, and can be managed by a chiropractor.
With any injury to the spine or joints, you always want to stay conservative with care. We started our treatment plan immediately, because I did not want a family member to go through spinal surgery. While spinal surgery may be necessary in some cases it is far better to not go under the knife.
She is doing great now, with full function and no pain, thanks to chiropractic care. We used our gentle techniques to gradually release pressure on the nerve, and we were both thrilled as her grip strength returned. She can now paint and play with grand-kids to her heart’s desire.
One of my other favorite cases was about a year into practice. I was getting more established and getting a better name for myself. Patients were telling others about how we helped them, and then a young man was referred in. He was a military veteran with several tours in Iraq. After carrying the heavy equipment, he developed severe migraine headaches. I’ve seen a lot of migraine cases at my Overland Park chiropractor office, but this was the most intense.
I need to describe his appearance on our first encounter: his hair was messy and untamed, his eyes had thick dark circles under them like he had been punched, his dress clothes were wrinkled and not tucked-in properly, and his body seemed to be in a fetal position even as he walked. The pain was so severe that he had only been getting two hours of sleep every night, and the medications made him nauseous and zombie-like. He told me that his doctor had tried everything for him with no relief, and ultimately his doctor said, “well… all we have left is to try chiropractic or acupuncture.”
I am so thankful that doctor told this patient to see a chiropractor, but I had wished he had recommended it sooner. This patient had been suffering for several years with these chronic migraines before he walked into our Overland Park chiropractor office. Chiropractic and acupuncture get great results with migraine headaches, and this patient was no different.
The only difference was how fast the results came. He laid face down on my chiropractic table, and I used a gentle thrust to the misalignment at the base of his skull (right where the neck starts). We did a few specific acupuncture points for migraine headaches, and asked him to come back tomorrow.
Even I was surprised by the next visit. He walked in smiling. I had never been as excited for a patient when he said, “Whatever you did yesterday was great! I feel like 50% of the pain went away. I actually was able to sleep last night.” I could tell by the lightening of the circles under his eyes that he was telling the truth. This was the first time in several years he was able to sleep.
The rest of his treatment plan was a miraculous transformation as his pain and migraines continued to decrease. What I really noticed was how he began walking taller, his clothes were pressed and clean, and he no longer looked like he had just rolled out of bed. I still think about this person to this day.
When people ask me why I do what I do, or why I chose to be a chiropractor, I simply think of all the people we have been able to help. These dramatic cases happen all the time, and I am always excited when I find my next miracle case.
I did not become a chiropractor to spread the word about chiropractic or to try to find wealth. I became a chiropractor because of the people I now have in my life. I truly love and appreciate all the people who let me do what I love and for helping me help others. I get to smile every time I walk into my office, because I know I will get to help more people.