I Was In Chronic Pain for 25 Years – Dr. Baker Did What Other Chiropractors Could Not

chronic pain patient Jan Martin

Janice Martin and Dr. Patrick Baker

My name is Janice Martin and I am 62 years young.  I lead a healthy lifestyle, eat close to a vegan diet, exercise on a regular basis and look physically fit, yet I have been suffering from neck, back, shoulder and leg pain for over 25 years.

Before coming to see Dr. Patrick Baker, the pain in my mid-back and lower back was becoming unbearable; I could not sit in any chair for more than a few minutes.  Sleeping was not any better.  When I got out of bed in the morning, I could not straighten- up for several minutes.  My left leg was also radiating with pain from my groin down to my ankle.  I was never comfortable.

To give some background; I was born with a dislocated hip and was positioned different ways in a body cast during the first year and a half of my life.   Because of this my left leg always turned inward. I think this along with stress, excessive weight-bearing and lifting, (especially when I helped care for my invalid mother), caused my whole spine to become misaligned.

I had been seeing another chiropractor for many years and he did give me some “relief therapy”.  Over the past year though, I was coming to the realization that I was feeling much worse. There had to be another chiropractor out there who could help me?

I had asked around, but was not really satisfied with any references I received.  I went on-line and looked at the websites of local chiropractors.  The Baker Chiropractic website was definitely the most impressive, so I called and I am so glad I did.

On my initial visit to Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, they took x-rays (my previous chiropractor never did).  When Dr. Baker went over the results with me I cried.  My neck had no natural curve at all; my pelvis was 12 mm shorter on the left side than on the right side, the vertebrae in my lower back were close to being fused and my mid-spine showed misalignment.  No wonder I was in so much pain and discomfort all the time.

Dr. Baker said I was treatable, although I found this hard to believe after seeing my x-rays. I could not take the pain any longer, so I had to put my trust in this chiropractor.  A treatment plan was set up for me, which I followed as directed.  I started treatment in July and began feeling relief after just a few adjustments.  Within 3 months I was feeling better than I had felt in 25 years!  The pain that radiated down my left leg was gone.  I was able to sit for much longer periods of time; I was sleeping better, and got out of bed standing straight, no more morning hunch-back.  I was feeling very happy and optimistic.

It was October 26th (about 3 ½ months since I had started treatment), and I did a really stupid thing.  I took my 7-year old granddaughter to a roller-skating party.  I was skating around the rink like I was 12 again.  I was going a little too fast, and my feet went out from under me. I landed flat on my backside.  I caught myself with my hands so my head did not hit the floor and got a good whiplash too.  I knew I was really hurt, but somehow managed to get myself and my granddaughter home.  Within an hour I could not get off the floor.  I was in excruciating pain.  My son and daughter came over and wanted to take me to the emergency, but I knew what would happen in the ER and said I would wait and see Dr. Baker in the morning.

I could barely move and could not hold my head up. I had to lie in the car as my daughter drove me there.  Dr. Baker took x-rays and nothing was broken, but I was misaligned worse than before I had started treatment. For 3 days I could not even hold my head up.  My neck and spine had compressed and needed to decompress.  Dr. Baker and his very helpful and friendly staff helped me get through this entire ordeal. They saw plenty of tears from me, but helped me to relax and heal. I went for adjustments and then home to sleep on my back with icepacks as they advised.

For 2 weeks I went for adjustments and massages, then back home to sleep and apply ice.  As one part of my body would heal the pain would manifest itself in another body part; but little by little everything healed.   Slowly I began to start exercising again and building myself back up with the guidance of Dr Baker and his staff.  It took about 3 months, but I am finally about where I was before my accident.  My recovery time was truly remarkable.  If I had not been in chiropractic care, I do not know what state I would be in right now.

Baker Chiropractic is like a big family.  The atmosphere is very friendly and stress-free.  Everything is done in an open area so you get to interact with the staff and other patients in a relaxed and comfortable environment.  I highly recommend Baker Chiropractic and Wellness!*

Janice M.

*Please note, there is no guarantee of specific results with our care and results may vary. Please contact us to discuss your specific condition.