Patient Transformation Stories: Curtis Parker

Patient Transformation Stories: Curtis Parker

Curtis Parker, a husband, father, and commercial insurance salesman, was often in pain and uncomfortable. He was in the car hours upon hours every week for his job and could never get comfortable. Pain was constantly on his mind.

Here is his story of how he decided to give Dr. Kevin Lewis a shot at using tried and true methods to give Curtis back his life from pain.

Constant Pain

Curtis was always athletic growing up, playing baseball and football throughout high school and college. He would see a chiropractor if his back or neck was giving him pain but never much more than once or twice and never with any consistency.

In fact, when he would see the chiropractors, he often ended up feeling worse than he did before he went in. Needless to say, he wasn’t fond of using chiropractic services but after seeing Dr. Lewis, he realized he had no idea about how it was supposed to work.

“I just didn’t know how it should be done,” said Curtis. “Ultimately, you don’t know what you don’t know.”

From then on, he stayed away from chiropractors for seven or so years until he felt he was at a breaking point. He had moved to Greenville in 2017 and was suffering from a herniated disc, back pain, and other discomforts. He was traveling in the car for several days a week for five to six hours a day.

“My body was so stiff and I was always uncomfortable,” he said. “I tried stretching and some other things but nothing worked.”

Finding Dr. Kevin Lewis

While Curtis doesn’t exactly remember how he found Dr. Lewis, he does remember he did a lot of research to find the best chiropractor in Greenville. Dr. Lewis’ name kept coming up so he made an appointment.

Curtis went into the appointment with an open mind. He wasn’t set on treatment at all. He just wanted to get an opinion and see what the options were.

“I met with Dr. Lewis and we went through a lot of issues. Instead of trying to earn a couple hundred bucks for an appointment, he wanted to talk about all the details of my life and all the issues I was having. He then laid out a detailed plan of attack to fix those issues.”

Curtis started treatment by seeing Dr. Lewis twice a week and doing a set of exercises at home plus icing at the office. It was a comprehensive and individualized treatment program, formulated for Curtis’ exact issues.

“With my schedule, his office was able to accommodate me due to his longer hours and has since been able to see me when I’ve injured myself doing my normal, fun activities like water skiing or hiking,” said Curtis. “I’m his perfect patient.”

Getting Results

Curtis saw Dr. Lewis twice a week for six weeks and then cut back slowly as he started to feel better for longer periods of time. Now, years later, he goes twice a month and more if he starts to have any discomfort.

“Now, I rarely have major issues so it’s more of a maintenance plan,” said Curtis. “I don’t want to go back to where I was when I started seeing Dr. Lewis. Continuing in his care has really become second nature.”

Curtis works out five days a week and is very active, mostly due to his 20-month-old son who keeps him moving. And there is hardly ever discomfort anymore. It’s become a huge weight off his shoulders not to always be thinking about the pain or if he will hurt himself further by moving a certain way or playing with his son.

Advice to Others in pain

The biggest piece of advice Curtis can give to those considering chiropractic treatment with Dr. Lewis is this: “consistency is the key.”

This is a thread woven through Curtis’ entire story from his days as an athlete in high school and college to his time spent recovering and correcting his alignment as an adult.

“You learn fast that consistency is the key,” he said. “If you only see a chiropractor once or twice, you’ll realize it’s not working or you will feel worse. Consistency is the biggest key until you can get the structure right in your body over time. It doesn’t happen overnight.”

As for where Curtis would be today if he hadn’t taken that step to meet with Dr. Lewis and decide to jump into the treatment plan?

“I would have spent a lot of money on short term solutions and have been in more pain,” he said. “ If you’re uncomfortable, you’re the only person who can make up your mind to do the things to fix it.”

Curtis and his wife are expecting their second child and thanks to Curtis’ work with Dr. Lewis, he’ll be ready to play tackle for a long time to come.

Ready for your transformation story?

If you’re ready to take that next step in fixing old injuries, healing your immediate aches and pains, or just maintaining your overall health, give us a call at Greenville Spine. We would be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss treatment options. Call us at (864) 631-1420 and let’s get you started on accomplishing all your health goals.

Patient Transformation: How Morgan Got Her Life Back

Patient Transformation: How Morgan Got Her Life Back

Morgan lived with round the clock debilitating pain and nothing was helping. She was taking Ibuprofen every six hours every day, couldn’t sleep or sit for long periods of time, and was seeing a chiropractor who just cracked her back and sent her on her way.

This is her story of how she found Dr. Kevin Lewis and how he was able to figure out the root cause of her pain and treat it successfully.

Finding Dr. Lewis 

When Morgan and her husband moved to Greenville, she wanted to see a chiropractor who could hopefully put her on the right track towards a pain free life and get her out of her constant reliance on over-the-counter pain medication.

Like any modern day American, her husband Googled “chiropractor” and Dr. Lewis’ office popped up – with all five star reviews no less. She figured to give it a shot.

Figuring out the root cause and treatment options 

Morgan sat down with Dr. Lewis at that first consultation and noticed right off the bat he was different.

“When he listens to you, you feel seen and heard on a personal level. No other chiropractor has sat me down and truly listened,” she said.

She had a lot to talk to him about. Her symptoms included pain in her entire upper back, shoulders, neck, skull, arms, hips, eyes, and hands. This kind of pain was stabbing, shrieking, and deep seated. She had double sided TMJ, vertigo, her fingers were going numb and she couldn’t sleep or sit for long periods of time.

That initial consultation included speaking to Dr. Lewis and telling him her story. His assistant, Miranda, took x-rays and photos of her whole body, which calculated many different angles of her hips, shoulders, neck, back, etc. She simultaneously stood on two different scales to determine if she was holding more weight on one side of her body than the other, creating an imbalance.

“This thorough analysis impressed me!” said Morgan. “I have never had any chiropractor do any more than a massage and some quick adjustments. Dr. Lewis personally sat down and in great detail explained the results of my tests and x-rays, which concluded in a treatment plan.”

Treating Hump Neck 

Hump Neck, also referred to as Dowager’s Hump, is a curvature of the spine at the base of the neck that can cause all sorts of problems: migraines, headaches, back pain, and extreme fatigue. It’s often due to constantly looking down at your laptop or phone, a common behavior in our modern day and age.

Morgan suffered from a version of hump neck, as her neck had no natural curve in the spine. For her, it started in college due to looking down at her books and computer to study. It only worsened during her fast food job where she looked down at ordering screens all day, and peaked at her desk job where poor posture was unavoidable, even at a standing desk.

Dr. Lewis immediately began adjustments to focus on Morgan’s neck to create and maintain correct alignment. He also instructed her to use a Denneroll, which is a hard “pillow” used by chiropractors to force the curve back into the neck. Morgan followed Dr. Lewis’ instructions and laid on it for 15 minutes every day. Both her work and Dr. Lewis’ paid off as she has seen great results and relief through this treatment.

Working Through Treatment

Committing to a lengthy treatment plan can be a shock for some but for others who have been in pain for so long, they are ready to try something promising. But healing does take time.

“Dr. Lewis told me from the beginning how long it will take until I start seeing improvements,” Morgan said. “You are not popping pain pills and feeling completely better tomorrow. You might feel relief tomorrow, but remember this: your bones are used to falling out of their correct spot. They will default to this. Give your body time to learn how to hold your adjustment.”

And Dr. Lewis’ method is completely different from other chiropractors who just see patients for adjustments and then send them on their way. Morgan had already tried that and she knew it didn’t work. She wasn’t seeing any relief.

“Dr. Lewis’ office is not a ‘one and done’ place,” she said. “They have a whole therapy bay where you are taught and encouraged to stretch and use their equipment before your adjustment. After the adjustment, you are able to lay on a massage bed for a few minutes which I would highly recommend never skipping!”

Morgan’s Life Today

Morgan has been a patient of Dr. Lewis’ practice since 2019. Her entire life has turned around because of her decision to walk in his door and trust him with her care.

She went from being in extreme pain 24/7 to only occasionally experiencing pain. She was only 25 years old when she started treatment and by then, she had already been living with debilitating pain for four years.

What would have happened if she didn’t start treatment with Dr. Lewis?

“I would have had surgery, migraines and be unable to function or hold down a job,” said Morgan. “That is no life for anyone. Don’t settle. Praise the Lord for Dr. Lewis, for He used him to give me my life back.”

Patient Spotlight: Young Mom Gets Her Life Back with Chiropractic Care

Patient Spotlight: Young Mom Gets Her Life Back with Chiropractic Care

Mom of four kids, Ashli, was taking care of her baby one morning, bent over, and heard something in her neck crack. She was in a lot of pain and remembered seeing something about a chiropractor in her church’s bulletin so thought, why not, I’ll call him. 

That decision was the turning point in getting her body back to doing what it was supposed to do so she could enjoy life with children. 

The Prognosis

Like all new patients, Ashli had an extensive intake with Dr. Lewis, which included x-rays and a consultation on the findings of the (painless) tests. 

It turned out that Ashli had 7 subluxations (these cause inflammation) in her spine and her hips were completely misaligned, which made the rest of her body overcompensate for the imbalance. 

“I wasn’t having a lot of pain because I had lived with it for so long and my body had compensated for the imbalances for years,” she said.

That had led to Ashli not being able to do a squat without falling over. Additionally, she has scoliosis, which had hindered her spine health for years. She knew most of this going in to see Dr. Lewis, except the information about the subluxations, but like many women, just had dealt with the pain and aches for years. 

The Greenville Spine Institute Difference

The way that Dr. Lewis and his team at Greenville Spine handle new patients and the beginning of Chiropractic Care treatment made a world of difference to Ashli. She had been to another chiropractor in the Greenville area who had helped her with some pregnancy pain but did not have a long term plan in place for her to reach the goals she had.

“Dr Lewis’ treatment plan wasn’t just a snap-you-up-and-send-you-home kind of thing,” said Ashli. 

Ashli majored in biology at Clemson University so her appreciation for Dr. Lewis’ extensive knowledge and explanation of the functions of the body and what he was planning to do was immensely helpful. 

“What got me about Dr. Lewis was the way he explained things to me,” said Ashli. “I loved that he spoke in terms I understood, that he used scientific language to tell me what was going on in my body and was pragmatic. I also really liked the physical therapy part of the treatment – the exercises at home and the ice bed at the office.” 

When it came to discussing treatment options, she appreciated Dr. Lewis’ individualized plan for her. She knew she would also have to put in the work and wasn’t afraid to do her part to make the plan a success. 

The Results of Chiropractic Care a Year Later 

In the course of only a few months, from August – November, Ashli went from 7 subluxations down to just 1. Today, it’s been a year since she first walked into Dr. Lewis’ office and her life has totally changed.

Ashli said she has so much more range of motion in her neck, back, shoulders, and hips. And one side effect she wasn’t expecting even happened. 

“My clothes even fit better because my hips were rotated and one hip was higher than the other,” said Ashli. “The same thing was happening with my shoulders.”

Since her spine was aligned, the way she holds her head was also drastically different, as she stood straighter and put less pressure on her neck and shoulders. 

But the biggest difference she has noticed is that now she’s able to play with her kids, to run around with them at the park, to go to the gym and get in a good workout and not fall over trying to do squats. 

“I can do all the things I haven’t been able to do since college,” Ashli said. “Dr. Lewis has changed my life.”

Ready for your Chiropractic Care transformation story? 

If you’re ready to take that next step in addressing long term back pain, healing your immediate aches and pains, or just maintaining your overall health, give us a call at Greenville Spine. We would be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss treatment options. Call us at (864) 631-1420 and let’s get you started on accomplishing all your health goals.

What are the Common Causes for Shoulder Pain?

What are the Common Causes for Shoulder Pain?

Basics of Shoulder Anatomy

The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body consisting of four different joints that are surrounded by complex muscles, bursas, joint capsules, and nerve endings. Due to its complex nature, there are many reasons why one may feel many forms of shoulder pain such as discomfort, numbness, weakness, or decreased range of motion in their shoulder.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain could be a result of certain conditions such as dyskinesia of the shoulder, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tear or tendonitis, subacromial bursitis, frozen shoulder, bicipital tendonitis, rheumatoid Arthritis, shoulder impingement, shoulder dislocation, labral tears, and many more. Depending on your age, sex, occupation, social, or family history, you may be more at risk for suffering from one of the aforementioned shoulder conditions. In fact, approximately 18 million Americans suffer from shoulder pain each year. If you or someone you know is suffering from shoulder pain, the best course of action to find a resolution to one’s problem would be to get it thoroughly assessed by a professional.

Getting Diagnosed

What many people don’t know is that one of those professionals they can seek care from is a Chiropractor. A Chiropractor is highly skilled in the anatomy and physiology of the soft tissue surrounding the joint such as muscles, joints, ligaments, and also the nerves which control the shoulder. But what would a Chiropractor be looking for when assessing a shoulder?

Shoulder Pain Being Diagnosed by Doctor

Collecting Patient History

Due to the complexity of the shoulder girdle and the multitude of conditions that can occur in the shoulder, a thorough assessment is crucial in diagnosing what is causing one’s shoulder pain. However, first, a history must be taken to determine what has caused the shoulder pain whether it was caused by a previous trauma, overuse, or an insidious onset. If a trauma has occurred, such as a fall on an outstretched hand, or blow to the back of the shoulder, a rotator cuff tear, ligamentous instability, or fracture may be suspected. In order to diagnose a rotator cuff tear or instability, a physical examination and orthopedic testing would be done to the shoulder to determine if an MRI is necessary to further diagnose the severity of the condition.

Your Greenville Chiropractor would also refer a patient to a trusted orthopedic specialist and physical therapy for rehabilitation of the shoulder. The medical team would work in partnership for the patient’s best outcome. If a fracture is suspected, additional orthopedic tests can be performed along with an X-ray to finalize whether a fracture is present. Similar to a rotator cuff tear, the patient would be referred to an orthopedic specialist to further assess the patient’s complaint.

XRAY of Shoulder to Help Diagnose Shoulder Pain

Identifying the Source of Joint Pain

Once a tear, instability, or fracture is ruled out, further orthopedic testing can be done to determine whether the pain is coming from an osseous misalignment or soft tissue. Soft tissue problems that can commonly occur are conditions such as adhesive capsulitis (aka frozen shoulder) which presents as pain and severely decreased range of motion, bicipital tendonitis which would cause pain in the anterior portion of the shoulder, subacromial bursitis which would cause pin-point pain at the superior aspect of the shoulder, or impingement whose pain varies in location depending on the type of impingement occurring. For each soft tissue condition, conservative care is recommended for the treatment which can be done in the office and at home after a proper examination is performed and a specific care plan is made for you.

Correcting Misalignment is Critical to Avoiding Soft Tissue Damage

If it is found during the physical and orthopedic examination that a person’s shoulder pain is a result of an osseous misalignment of the shoulder girdle that could be treated by chiropractic care, then a specific care plan would be created for the patient to return the bones to their normal alignment and stabilize the area of concern. There are multiple ways that the shoulder could misalign because there are four different joints that make up the shoulder girdle, with the scapula, humerus, and clavicle making up those joints. Misalignment of the shoulder can occur from falls, poor posture, overuse, etc. It is important to have normal alignment of the shoulder because the shoulder is solely held together by soft tissue such as muscle and ligaments, therefore, when the shoulder misaligns, the muscles and ligaments will become distorted which will lead to them being more prone to injury and tearing. Therefore, it is imperative to make sure that the shoulder girdle is aligned to prevent future avoidable injury.

Where Pain is Felt vs Where it Originates May Be Different

In addition to having the shoulder girdle thoroughly assessed, it is important to also assess the cervical spine for injury or degeneration due to the fact that the nerves that exit from the cervical spine directly innervate the shoulder. If a nerve is compressed upon, a person can experience pain that radiates from the neck into the shoulder and down the arm. If the nerve pressure is not addressed, the nerve will, unfortunately, begin to degenerate which will lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of sensation in the area. It is crucial to have your spine checked for nerve pressure as soon as symptoms arise to prevent the nerve from degenerating.

The most efficient way to get rid of your shoulder pain is to get a thorough examination done to locate the root cause of your problem. A Chiropractor is highly trained in assessing both the shoulder girdle and cervical spine to help find the root cause of your problem so that you can return to living your life free of pain and restriction. In our office, an in-depth case history will be taken to assess when the issue began, any injuries or overuse that may have damaged the area, and how it is affecting your life. A 36-point examination will then be performed which includes physical, neurological, and orthopedic tests to determine what may be causing your problem. Lastly, if deemed necessary, an X-ray will be taken to further assess the area. If it is found that you may need further care that we cannot render in our office, we ensure that we will send you to the facility that can care for you.

Our goal is to help you feel liberated from pain and restriction so that you can live your life in the best way possible. Don’t let shoulder pain steal another second of joy from your life! Schedule a FREE consultation online or by phone at 1 (864) 631-1420.

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What You Need to Know About Your Lower Back Pain

What You Need to Know About Your Lower Back Pain

Freedom From Lower Back Pain is Possible

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints among adults in the US with 80% of individuals experiencing lower back pain at some point in their lives. However, most of those people who suffer from back pain will continue to live their lives merely dealing with their pain instead of finding a solution. Contrary to popular belief, lower back pain is not a normal part of aging and you do not have to live your life in pain. It is possible to live a pain-free life!

The secret to living a pain-free life is finding the root cause of your pain. A few common causes of lower back pain include vertebral subluxations, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, postural syndrome, and disc lesions. These conditions can be either localized or radiating pain, discomfort, stiffness, numbness, or paresthesia. In rare cases, the cause of one’s back pain may be caused by a more sinister condition such as infection or cancer. Even though those problems may sound frightening, if you determine the root cause of your lower back pain and act to resolve your problem, you don’t have anything to worry about.

But where does one start to find the root cause?

Chiropractors Can Find the Root Cause of Your Pain

Chiropractors are highly trained to find the root cause of what could be causing your lower back pain. Chiropractors undergo over 5,000 hours of schooling to be well versed in diagnosis and treatment recommendations. The first thing a chiropractor will do is perform a thorough consultation to investigate what is occurring. Next, the chiropractor will then perform an examination that includes physical, neurological, and orthopedic testing to further evaluate the root cause of your problem. If necessary, the doctor will perform X-rays of the spine to continue their assessment. The doctor will then evaluate the results and will either construct a customized care plan catered to your specific condition or refer you to a general physician or specialist if additional testing is required.

The Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Two common issues seen in chiropractic offices are vertebral subluxations and degenerative joint disease (DJD), also known as Osteoarthritis. Vertebral subluxations occur when forces enter your spine and misalign your vertebra in which they become stuck. When they become stuck, they lose their proper movement and begin to degenerate leading to degenerative joint disease. DJD is a condition in which the protective cartilage that surrounds the bone and the disc begins to break down. Symptoms of DJD include local or radiating pain, stiffness, lack of flexibility, swelling, and more.

Chiropractic care is great for treating both conditions due to the fact that the chiropractor’s job is to return normal motion to the spine. Chiropractors meticulously analyze the spine to find areas of dysfunction and lack of motion and apply gentle and safe adjustments to the area to return to normal function. When the normal function is restored, the damage process to the cartilage and disc is stopped and healing begins. However, the healing does not stop at the adjustments alone, there is supplemental work that you have to do as an individual to protect your body from future damage.

Other Ways to Relieve Lower Back Pain

In addition to getting your problem assessed and fixed, it is important to do supplemental work at home to prevent further injury. If you are having an acute episode of low back pain, icing the area for 20-minute intervals will help pull swelling and edema from the area to reduce your pain and stop the damage process. Heat should never be used on an acute injury.

Additionally, walking helps keep your spine moving and also pumps swelling and edema out of your spine. Practicing proper posture while driving and sitting is crucial to protecting your spine. Sitting and standing in the upright position and avoiding slouching will help prevent stress on your spine by keeping it in its normal positioning. You can help prevent slouching while sitting by placing a pillow or rolled towel on your lower back to help your spine remain in its normal positioning. Though this work will help prevent further injury, it is important to get your low back pain assessed to ensure that you are resolving the root cause of your pain.

Low back pain, though it is common, it is not normal. It is crucial to find the root cause of your low back pain so that you can live your best life free of pain. Consult your nearest chiropractor to find the key to your new pain-free life!

Give our office a call at 1 (864) 631-1420 to schedule a FREE consultation or visit our website at Greenvillespine.com

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Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), also known as Osteoarthritis, is a condition in which the protective cartilage that surrounds the bone begins to break down. DJD can affect any joint in the body but commonly affects weight bearing joints such as your knees, hips, and spine. Symptoms include local and/or radiating pain, stiffness, lack of flexibility, swelling, and more. You are at risk of suffering from DJD if you suffered a trauma to the area, are diagnosed with a metabolic condition, are overweight, a smoker, or have a family history of Osteoarthritis.

Unfortunately, DJD is a condition that can gradually worsen over time if not treated. Fortunately, DJD is a common condition helped by chiropractic. The reasoning behind this is due to the fact that chiropractors induce motion and restore the joints back to their normal positioning to help relieve excess stress that was being placed onto the joints. Removal of excess stress helps the joints function at their optimum.

How does a chiropractor know what is the best course of treatment? To begin care, it is important to take a thorough history of the person’s previous health history to see what may be the cause of their problem and help navigate the best course of action. Next, a thorough examination is done that includes neurological, orthopedic and physical examinations to find the root cause of the problem. An important part of the examination, if deemed clinically necessary, would be to take X-rays of the spine or affected joints. This is important in helping find the root cause because DJD will show up on an x-ray with decreased joint space and jagged edges around the bones called bone spurs. Having the information given from the x-ray would be crucial in helping determine the best plan of care for you. Lastly, using all of the information gained, the doctor can provide a specific plan of care to help relieve the stress placed on the joints and help prevent further damage.

If left untreated, the condition will continue to worsen, creating additional problems such as ligamentous instability, an increase in pain and stiffness, radiating pain, and decreased flexibility. In severe cases, surgery may be the most appropriate course of action. More than 54 million people in the United States suffer from DJD, but you don’t have to be one of them! Our goal is to help you live your best life free from pain and suffering!

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Reference:

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https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351925