What was your condition?
I had limited mobility in my left hip. It would sometimes “lock up”. The pain would sometimes keep me up at night. I couldn’t get comfortable and it began to impact my daily activities. In addition, I was experiencing some lower back pain.
What steps had you previously taken to get help?
I had tried rest, stretching, even exercising. Some days it would feel better but it eventually got to the point where the pain was pretty constant.
How were you referred to chiropractic?
I had received chiropractic care in the past and knew that it was effective. I was referred to Dr. Schofield by another chiropractor in the area.
In your words, what did the chiropractor do?
First, he determined (through examination and x-rays) that I was out of alignment and that I had arthritis in my left hip. He made several adjustments in the hip and spine, which when repeated over time, will keep the spine (and hip area) in alignment. This will not reverse the arthritis but if I can keep my body in alignment, it could reduce/stop the wear and tear on the hip area (and the spine). He taught me how to use ice to reduce inflammation in the hip and low back areas. He showed me several simple stretches that are to be performed daily to keep the muscles limber/healthy in order to avoid further injury.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to do most things outdoors. In warmer months, I like to spend my free time running, hiking, walking and biking. In the winter months I enjoy snow shoeing, skiing and ice skating. Quieter activities include reading, doing puzzles and playing board games.
How has chiropractic helped your hobbies and interests?
Having a healthy body is essential to an active lifestyle. When my body is in alignment, I can do all the things I love without pain. I have a husband and three kids (and a dog) who enjoy many of the same outdoor activities I do and I want to be able to do these with them for many years.
How has chiropractic helped other aspects of your life?
Understanding how your body works helps you to take care of yourself better. Staying on top of a simple stretching routine will keep your body feeling great. Using ice on sore muscles instead of taking a pain reliever reduces the dependency on (and cost of) these drugs. Being able to move pain free will keep you active longer!
Words of encouragement to others?
Take care of your body. It is the only one you get! Sometimes it takes time to feel relief and it definitely takes time to gain flexibility. Stay with it and the results will follow!