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With manual therapy, strengthening and stretching exercises, Brian stood up to lumbar spinal stenosis

2021-06-28T18:04:23-04:00Back | Shoulder | Arm Pain, Patient Experiences, Spinal Stenosis|

Brian Mandelker had experienced low back pain before but lumbar spinal stenosis was different. “Mostly standing around coaching kids’ baseball and hockey teams,” says the 64-year-old entrepreneur from Thornhill, Ontario. But nothing like the constant, searing pressure that hit him in the autumn of 2017. Fortunately, a chiropractor's manual therapy helped treat his spinal stenosis. “I couldn’t sit through dinner, I couldn’t sit at my desk to do my work,” recalls Brian, who was unable [...]

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Brent’s recovery from an industrial work-related back injury

2021-06-28T18:54:55-04:00Back | Shoulder | Arm Pain, Patient Experiences, Work Injuries|

After a work-related back injury added to Brent’s ongoing low back pain, leaving him with severe pain, numb legs and unable to work, he turned to chiropractic care for help. As a heavy equipment operator, 45-year-old Brent Pataki needs to regularly lift heavy loads for his job at a paving company in Sudbury. After surgery to remove a herniated disc in his lower back, he had some ongoing lower back pain. Four years later, he [...]

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How Chris curbed the back pain diabetes can bring

2021-06-29T00:03:20-04:00Back | Shoulder | Arm Pain, Chronic Conditions, Patient Experiences|

Chris Drake, 39, knows about diabetes and back pain. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of nine, he first started having back issues in his late twenties. It sidelined his much-loved golf habit, which Chris had played competitively and continued to play multiple times a week. Therapeutic exercise brought his golf game back. Although he was in good shape and controlled his diabetes fairly well, Chris's back pain continued off and on. If [...]

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Pam almost missed her trip to Italy due to low back pain

2021-06-29T00:11:00-04:00Back | Shoulder | Arm Pain, Patient Experiences|

Pam Damoff, a town councilor in Oakville, has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, especially cycling and the feeling of freedom that she experiences when she is out for a ride. However, all it took was the simple, innocuous act of putting on her socks one day for this to quickly change. Pam felt something shift in her lower back when she bent over, and a little while later when she was out for a walk [...]

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How chiropractic care helped Lisa quit opioids

2021-06-29T00:18:44-04:00Back | Shoulder | Arm Pain, Patient Experiences|

In the past, Lisa Morris self-medicated to help numb her pain. With help from Belleville’s Primary Care Low Back Pain program, Lisa’s life has done a 180: she’s self-employed as an artist, sleeping well and has given up pain pills. When Lisa describes her first visit to the Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (NPLC) in Belleville, Ont., 10 years ago, she admits she was a physical and emotional mess. Years of abuse going back to her childhood [...]

Treating Sharon’s whiplash and boosting her overall health

2021-06-29T00:26:23-04:00Back | Shoulder | Arm Pain, Injuries and Accidents, Patient Experiences|

When Sharon Pike was involved in a car accident a few years ago, she needed a chiropractor to treat her whiplash — and discovered that reaching one was easier than she thought. “I started going to see Dr. Christopher Morgan at TAIBU Community Health Centre in 2016,” says Sharon, a Toronto medical technician who sustained whiplash and other injuries in the collision. “He has supported my recovery and showed me daily routines I could use, [...]

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Coletta’s return to tennis after a shoulder and arm injury

2021-06-29T00:36:26-04:00Back | Shoulder | Arm Pain, Injuries and Accidents, Patient Experiences|

Coletta McGrath, an executive director of a community health centre in St. Catharines, is an avid tennis player who enjoys an active lifestyle. However, a serious car accident significantly damaged her right arm and shoulder, putting her tennis playing days in doubt. Manual therapy, acupuncture and exercise restored her shoulder's function and mobility. Coletta’s arm was successfully treated with the surgical insertion of plates and pins. However, her shoulder remained consistently problematic and cause discomfort [...]

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