Posted On: February 14, 2020
The first lumbar disc herniation I helped rehabilitate was back in 1988. The patient was an active aerobic dance instructor who came into me distraught as she had severe lower back, buttock and posterior thigh pain.
The typical medical care of rest, brace, anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxants hadn’t helped. I was the new and only chiropractor in town and this woman came to me.
I did interferential stimulation, simple exercise and chiropractic manipulation. She responded favorably.
I had a theory that a lot of problems were do to muscular imbalance. In the lumbar spine of an aerobic instructor I hypothesized that she had well conditioned abdominals (from all of those crunches) and poorly condition spinal extensors (back muscles). I therefore moved her into spinal extensor work.
She took to it like peanut butter to jelly. Soon I progressed her to working out at the gym. She had an orthopedic surgeon whom I called when I was preparing to release her to the gym. His response was something along the lines, “Are you crazy, she could easily blow that disc.” I told him she was doing really well with it. He humphed.
The woman went back to being a full time aerobic dance instructor, she transitioned into training and has trained a lot of people since then. The orthopedic surgeon eventually came along with the rest of the profession and now endorses progressing patients into “spinal stabilization” exercises. I just look back and smile at a job well done.
North Shore, Dr. J and the staff were great. I started out with a pinched cervical nerve which was causing extreme pain and numbness in my arm. Surgery had been ruled out by the neurosurgeon after an MRI. My physical recommended a regimen of physical therapy which I undertook with NorthShore in November. At that time I had consistent pain in the range of 8-9 out of 10. I had trouble sleeping, driving and performing most normal daily activities due to the constant pain. I have now been through two series of physical therapy sessions with North Shore over a couple of months and the pain and numbness are completely gone. Based on my experience I would highly recommend North Shore for physical therapy treatment and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful as a bonus! Jon HeintzelmanJonathan Heintzelman
All aspects of the rehab program were done with professionalism. Intake evaluation, exercise program, massage therapy and exit evaluation were all excellent and yielded excellent results for me. All of the staff are friendly and efficient. Dr. Johnson, Jeannette, Cyprian and Mary are friendly and make an otherwise difficult experience much more tolerable. I have gone to them on two occasions over the last several years for different injuries and, in both instances, my problems were resolved. I highly recommend them.Lee Eddy
I was a patient 6 years ago, with lower back pain and herniation. My PT was excellent and I was back to exercise and resolution of pain and herniation. Recently I have had hip pain and and tingling down my leg. My evaluation with DR Johnson was very thorough and spot on. The PT with Dre was incredible. I am now pain free with a resolution of the tingling as well. I will definitely return for any future problems that may arise!Barbara Bank