THEIR STORY / MY STORY
Instead of me talking about the difference we are making in the lives of our patients, I enjoy letting them speak for themselves. I have always said that great clinical results cannot be faked (the proof is in the pudding). To see what I am talking about, take just a few minutes to check out our Video Testimonial Pages (HERE, HERE, or HERE). Tomorrow's Blog Post contains a Video Testimonial from an individual who traveled from Sarasota, Florida to see us for chronic pain. I included a couple of Video Testimonials further down the page as well.
To make a long story short, I need your help. I have never been a Facebook person. I mean, how many sad sacks like me do you know with zero "friends"? Although I have been building my clinic's website for the past few years, up until the last couple of months, I all but completely ignored the Facebook craze. Now I am playing catch up. Allow me to explain where I am going with all this by telling you "Joe's" story.
For the last several years, we have been seeing lots of patients from out of the area, out of state, and even a few from out of the country. This was not something that I set out to do --- it just sort of happened. A recent example is "Joe". Several months ago, Joe came to see us the first time after his daughter found us online. Joe's story is not unlike hundreds of others I have heard over the years. A number of years ago Joe had a hip replacement that went south shortly after taking a fall. Before long, he was in the kind of pain that can destroy one's will to live. Four surgeries and over half a decade later, he ended up in our office wondering if he was a complete fool for making an incredibly painful 5 hour drive ---- to see a chiropractor ---- from a city with dozens of chiropractors of its own.
As crazy as it sounds, I was the 20th (yes, twentieth) doctor that Joe had seen for this problem (PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME) since having his last surgery. As is the case with most patients like Joe, he had been living on the MEDICAL MERRY GO ROUND; having been run thru just about every conceivable test and treatment the medical community had to offer, including CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS, PRP, ANTIDEPRESSANTS, as well as a wide array of pain meds.
Fortunately, Joe was smart enough to realize that the "Pain Management" they were now offering him was medical-speak for 'We have no idea what the heck to do for you --- or even what is causing your pain. You're not a spring chicken anymore; being hooked on narcotics might make life tolerable while you're waiting to die'. Joe did not want to go that route. He was just like most of the patients who travel long distances to see us --- cautiously hopeful, but at the same time, highly skeptical. However, after just one treatment, he was significantly better ---- it was the first thing he had ever tried that helped him. After his second treatment a month or so later, he was better yet. I have treated Joe three times. Although he is not pain free by any stretch of the imagination, he is able to function and enjoy life again.
VIDEO TESTIMONIALS OF PATIENTS WHO SUFFERED WITH CHRONIC DEBILITATING PAIN
NECK PAIN / HEADACHES / PIRIFORMIS
CHRONIC NECK PAIN & HEADACHES
You see; I "get" it. I understand where patients like Joe are coming from. When I had Joe test his Piriformis Muscle after his second treatment by seeing if he could sit in a hard chair (something he had not been able to do for years), I understood his reaction. The hand flying to the mouth; the "Oh-my-gosh" gasp; and finally, the tears and emotions that automatically come when a person sees a glimmer of real hope for the first time. I have seen that reaction many times (watch the videos above), but it still hits me like a freight train every time it happens. You see, I have had a similar reaction myself. Not only have I dealt with thousands of patients just like Joe; in many ways, I used to be Joe.
If you knew me during my 'Decade of Pain', you may know a little bit about what I am referring to. Pain changes people. I had developed pain that no one --- and I mean no one had been able to help me with. And although I never resorted to drugs or surgery, I had been all over the country searching for answers. And just like many of you; all the tests, X-rays, and MRI's were "normal". The pain was wrecking every area of my life, and had become the FOCAL-POINT of my thoughts ---- it was like Willie used to sing about; Always on my Mind. I was constantly thinking about what I could do to get away from the pain. The chronic foot and ankle pain along with compensatory PIRIFORMIS PROBLEMS combined to make things miserable for me much of the time.
I had come to the point where often times it was all I could do to get through the day and make it home so I could collapse. The short version is, after trying more things than you could shake a stick at (at one point I told my wife I was ready to have my foot amputated), I met Someone in Idaho Springs, Colorado who figured out what was wrong with me and "fixed" the problem.
Don't get me wrong; it's not all perfect. There are still things I cannot do. As weird as it sounds, I have not seriously ridden a bicycle in nearly a decade ---- even five minutes of intense riding sets me off like almost nothing else can. And although I can do a mega set of 100 KETTLE BELL SWINGS with my 85 lb T-bar about 3-4 times a month without triggering Piriformis Symptoms, I cannot do the intense powerlifting workouts (squats and deadlifts) I used to without paying a severe price for several days (or even weeks) afterwards. But like I said, I have my life back.
I can walk without pain. I can go out and hike with my kids again (HERE). I am grateful every day for what God has returned to me --- especially in light of many people I know who suffer relentlessly. Someone asked me recently, if given the choice would I do it (the chronic pain thing) all over again? Are you joking me? Are you sober? Absolutely not! However, going through this pain has helped me understand where many of my patients are coming from. It's why I have such a drive for my patients to understand the difference between FUNCTIONAL PROBLEMS AND PATHOLOGY. Dealing with this pain and then getting past it is a big part of why my practice has the particular emphasis that it does. Having personally walked this pathway has given me an understanding, empathy and compassion for those in chronic pain that I would never have otherwise had. Truthfully, I am not sure that anyone who has not personally dealt with chronic pain can fully grasp its all-encompassing nature.
COMING FULL CIRCLE
The point is, there is someone out there who has a solution for virtually any health problem a person may be dealing with ---- including yours. For people struggling with one or more of a wide array of CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES, I may be that person. If you look at a few of the 100 plus videos uploaded to our YouTube page over the past year (HERE), you will quickly notice that it is not uncommon for us to fix problems that people have had for decades. Neither is it uncommon for patients to have spent unholy amounts of money searching for solutions before finding us (try $150,000 on for size HERE).
No, I am not interested in seeing how many Facebook friends I can garner. I am simply trying to make up for lost time in underestimating Facebook's networking power and its potential for bringing utterly desperate / hopeless people to my office. If you are a Facebooker, please visit my recently reworked Facebook page (thanks Sara) and give me some love. My Blog Entries now automatically post to Facebook.
WHY AM I ASKING FOR YOUR HELP?
I am certainly not doing this out of desperation. Those of you who have been in our clinic are aware of just how busy things get. There are far too many people suffering needlessly, and my hope is to end as much of it as possible.
I firmly believe that God gives us all a purpose so that we can accomplish many different missions throughout our lifetimes. We can either accept these missions and do great things; or we can live for ourselves in mediocrity. One of the reasons that God put me on this earth is to help people that no one else has been able to help. I have something big to offer suffering people. I thank you for your continued support of Schierling Chiropractic, LLC, and your help in my mission to help those whom the medical community has given up on ---- and those who have all but completely given up hope of ever finding that elusive solution.