Looking back on my 15 year association with Apple Healthcare, I learned one universal truth about injury and discomfort: it is better to treat the cause than it is to mask the pain.
I stumbled in to Hosenfeld Chiropractic in 2006, unable to move my back, bend over, sit comfortably or lift anything without intense pain. I was diagnosed with a disc bulge and began a series of therapeutic treatments including massage, heat and cold packs, stem and ultrasound. Over time my back got better and I returned to normal life. However important that healing was, the enduring benefit was understanding and correcting the causes of the disc bulge: a decades old Achilles’ tendon injury resulting in poor balance, a spinal tilt, bad posture and an uneven gait.
Apple Healthcare treated the Achilles tendon and taught me to maintain proper posture, move in a balanced way and adopt a regimen of exercises and stretches to remain strong and healthy.
I also adhere to a regimen of visits to get spine adjustments to keep the back supple and moving: helps the golf swing!
More recently I have been the fortunate recipient of regenerative medicine, first to HEAL a worn out hip socket and ball and later that year a torn meniscus. A series of Platelet Rich Plasma injections were used to invigorate cells, eliminate inflammation, and regrow damaged tissue.
When you tell someone you recovered from a torn meniscus the inevitable question is “where did you have your surgery?” My answer is “I didn’t go under the knife to cut away damage. I had PRP injections and the before and after x-rays are astounding, my meniscus and knee are perfect”.
When I began experiencing acute pain in my hip and adjoining tendons I went the Western medicine route. I was examined by my primary care physician and told to see a specialist. That resulted in the orthopedic surgeon suggesting pain medicine and we’d replace the hip in a few years. The sports medicine physician said to take pain pills and stop being so active.
Today my hip and knee are 100%, completely healed and strong.
Now I know, “Heal the cause, don’t mask the pain”.
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