Posted On: June 21, 2017
This is the fifteenth case review from my past practice. I am Dr. David Johnson a chiropractor and physical therapist in Highland Park and Lake Bluff. I am the director of North Shore Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation. I started as a chiropractor in Lake Forest, Il in 1988. I integrated physical therapy into my practice in 1990.
This is a case where a patient came to me after spending a week in the hospital. She was in her early twenties and was quite active. She had developed severe headaches and was so nauseous she was vomiting.
She had an extensive work up at Highland Park Hospital and was told she had an intestinal infection and was severely dehydrated. They treated her with broad-spectrum antibiotics and IV fluids. After a week she was felt to be stable and was released.
She came in with her mother. Both had been patients over the years and I was a trusted doctor who had helped them in the past.
She was complaining of sudden onset severe headaches with intermittent nausea. She looked awful. She was pale and drawn. She didn’t smile. I knew her as a vibrant young woman who was full of life.
I started by going over what was done with the mother, who was a nurse. CT scan of her cranium was negative. All blood work and labs had normalized. Initially her electrolytes were off but those improved with hydration.
Her vital signs were normal except for a mildly elevated temp. Review of systems revealed she had had some night sweats and chills. Neurologically she was normal. He lungs were clear and she had a normal heart rate and rhythm. I had her lie down and I lifted her head slightly. She got a severe shot of pain causing her to recoil her head back to the table. I stepped back and told the two of them that was an unusual response. I said it is almost like she has meningitis.
The mother was aghast. She told me that her daughter had just had every test known to man. I asked if they did a spinal tap. The answer was no. The long and the short of it is that the daughter ended up at Northwestern Hospital where she was diagnosed with viral meningitis. She was treated for about two weeks and fully recovered. Thank goodness.
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