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I’d Been Having Groin and Thigh Pain for Over 1 Year, Seen 3 Doctors and Had 2 Steroid Injections

Sherry Knight with Husband and Dr. Patrick Baker
Dr. Patrick Baker, Sherry and Roger

I’m Sherry, age 68 and overall my health has been very good. I count my blessings.

Several years ago I started having an aching pain in my right groin, some days were worse than others especially on rainy days, I sometimes had to use my hands to lift my right leg into the car because of the pain, then other times it wasn’t even noticeable.

My doctor told me it was arthritis and I was given an anti-inflammatory medication to help alleviate the pain. I took them for several weeks but all they did was upset my stomach so I just used over the counter medications. This went on over a period of years.

In January of 2014, the aching pain became more prevalent, it was continuous throughout the day even waking me up through the night. Not only was the groin hurting but now the right hip as well. I tried all the over-the-counter medicines but nothing worked. I even began to limp as I walked, it was time to make an appointment with my primary care physician, the date was May 2014.

During that visit I explained to the doctor about the right hip hurting, the pain in the groin area, as well as the pelvic bone being sore to the touch. When the X-ray revealed no broken bones in those areas the suggested treatment was to try another pill for several weeks. I did take the prescribed pills but by July 2014 the pain in my groin hurt so bad I called the primary care physician for another appointment but this time it was suggested I’d be seen at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation office.

It’s August 2014 now. This examination consisted of lifting my right leg up and down and to the left and right, coming back with a recommendation to get a steroid hip injection. This would take place in September 2014. The injection did seem to help but after only one month the aching pain returned to groin and to the hip area, it’s now November 2014. With the holiday season going into full swing I put my discomfort on the back burner. With just a week before Christmas, we went to New York City with family members, it was there while walking the crowded streets that I experienced sharp, excruciating pain in my inner right thigh (a 10+ on a scale of 1-10).

I would be walking one moment and the next I had to grab my husband’s arm to stand as the pain in my inner right thigh took my breath away.  The New Year begins it’s January 2015. I have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor who then orders an MRI. The diagnosis was Tendonitis and my option was to try a second Hip Flexor Tendon Injection, which I did, along with physical therapy three times a week. After the second injection failed to stop the sharp pain, I continued going to physical therapy however it’s now the end of February 2015 and whenever I turn the wrong way or step in a certain direction the pain was still there. I was losing hope that I’d ever be well again.

Now I must have a guardian angel because my neighbor Janice and I have lived next to each other for ten years. We’ve done yoga together, we went to various “Y” classes together and we’re involved in our neighborhood ladies group “The Chick Clique”. During a conversation one day, she mentions a book written by Dr. Patrick Baker, her chiropractor, and she said,  “I really think he can help you Sherry”.

After reading all the testimonials in that book, I began to hope that he could help me too. I thought to myself, what did I have to lose?  I’d been to three doctors, had two steroid injections, taken six weeks of physical therapy and been in debilitating pain for over a year with no relief.  My first visit to Dr. Baker was on Tuesday March 3, 2015 just two days after my initial phone call and I’ve been keeping a journal every day since then. On the second day of treatment, March 5, 2015 and only two days after reviewing my x-rays and beginning treatment on my leg, here’s what I wrote:

 “My leg felt lighter today, pain in groin still hurts but something’s different, it feels better. I’m anxious to return for round three tomorrow”.  

Dr. Baker explained my problem in a way that I could understand, the adductor muscles in my right thigh were “frozen” to the pelvic bone and with certain chiropractic adjustments along with following the regiment of stretches prescribed, I would improve. Within one week (three visits) my pain went from a 10+ to a 3 and on April 25, 2015, just seven weeks and four days from my first visit with Dr. Baker,  I was DANCING and I don’t mean slow dancing, I was doing The Twist, The Stroll and the Electric Slide at a 50th Wedding Anniversary with no repercussions the next day!

This will be an ongoing process and it’ll take  time to completely heal but I can’t thank you enough Dr. Baker for giving me back my life so that I could once again dance to the music!

PS: My husband Roger started seeing Dr, Baker at the same time I did back in March 2015 for sciatica pain which has affected him off and on for several years now, one time he even had to use crutches  to walk around for six weeks due to the pain. Now he’s a happy golfer after his visits with Dr. Baker.

Our thanks also to everyone on his staff and in the office for being so nice!*

– Sherry Knight

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