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Tom’s back all out of whack: Tom, a 43 year old insurance salesman, slipped and fell two days ago while brushing snow off his car. His low back popped and he had immediate pain. Later the pain turned into spasms with some pain going into his right rump, he could not sleep well and sitting made the pain worse.
Tom came in bent over from pain and had a hard time getting on the table for me to check him. We performed some basic exams just like you would have at an orthopedic surgeon or neurologist’s office, and was able to relax him with some emergency care so he could lie on the table and get some treatment.
We determined that a lumbar (lower back) disc was injured and swelling causing his pain and muscle spasms. This affected his lower back, rump and thigh muscles.
Immediately we were able to start therapy to loosen the muscles and relax the nerves. Once he was loosened enough we were able to do some gentle adjustments (without twisting his back).
We heard two distinct pops in his lower back which relieved his pain and spasm by almost 50% on the first visit. At his next appointment he related he had been sore but a little better. Tom has only needed three weeks of care to be 90% pain free, walking straight up again, and now has no pain in his rump area.
Simple and concise adjustments to the spine can replace a joint that is locked in the wrong place, being the result and cause of spasms. Tom may have future low back stiffness, he gets treatments each month or so to help him maintain flexibility and muscle looseness. He also does the stretches we taught him.
If you know someone like Tom, please give them our phone number so we can help them get back to their lives.