Our current Featured Patient is Michelle Lewis. Michelle came to us after enduring 10 years of arthritis, 2 back surgeries, 2 foot surgeries, 2 knee surgeries and an ankle surgery. Now, Michelle is back on the golf course, riding her bike, experiencing thrills from roller coasters, performing on stage and enjoying her career as a music teacher. Here’s her inspiring story:
After a knee replacement last summer I thought I was finally going to resume my busy life pain free. Over the last ten years arthritis had made its claim on me and resulted in two back surgeries, two foot surgeries, an ankle surgery and two knee surgeries. After years of suffering I made the decision to have a knee replacement and thought it was going to be the answer to my physical challenges. I wanted to reclaim my active lifestyle as a teacher, performer and sports enthusiast. The knee replacement itself was successful, but approximately two months after recovering from the surgery I began having horrific back and leg pain again. This time I was determined to find an answer without surgery. My son, who is studying to be a chiropractor himself, insisted that I go to a chiropractor. So, with some hesitation and uncertainty, in January of 2011 I sought treatment with Dr. Baker.
I remember my first several visits being overcome with emotion. Dr. Baker and his staff were warm and welcoming; I immediately felt they genuinely cared. They gave me hope. I was impressed with the patient education and realized how uninformed I was regarding the whole realm of chiropractic care. It was clear that treatment would take time and would require patience and a commitment on my part. After the first few treatments I could feel a difference. I improved more and more with each visit. Now, after eight months, I feel stronger and healthier than I have in years and plan to continue chiropractic care as a way of life.
So how has chiropractic care changed my life? I’m back on the golf course, riding my bike, and enjoying roller coasters again. I’m able to walk long distances and run up stairs. I’m performing on stage without pain for the first time in years. But it is in my profession as a music teacher where I have felt the most dramatic results of my treatment. I’ll never forget the afternoon one of my sweet second grade boys smiled at me after we had just been dance partners in class. The innocent sincerity of his words warmed my heart and will remain etched in my memory. “I am so happy you can dance with us again, Mrs. Lewis.” Thank you, Dr. Baker. Thank you for giving me my life back!