Fall Leads to Back and Foot Pain
Mr. Strong reported to our office in October with daily constant low back pain which is rated 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. He has secondary related symptoms of right foot pain. His injury was caused by a slip and fall accident 3 weeks prior to the evaluation.
He presented us with MRI results which had the following findings:
- Degenerative spondylosis of the lumbar spine and lower thoracic spine.
- Disc herniations were visualized at L4/L5 and L5/S1 with S1 nerve root impingement.
Listening & Understanding His Pain
Upon examination the patient had pain in the low back and right foot. Active range of motion of the lumbar spine was painful. Sitting and sleeping were limited due to the low back pain. He was concerned about his physically demanding occupation and how his pain limited his ability to work and provide for his family.
Adkore Customized Treatment Plan
The patient was prescribed a combination of Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Physical, and Massage Therapy. After the initial acute treatment plan the patient was referred for a pain management consultation and treatment. The Pain Management physician treated Mr. Strong with a series of three injections and advised the patient to continue rehabilitation at Adkore.
In early December his evaluation revealed improved pain ratings from 8 to 0. His pain no longer limited his sleep or ability to perform daily living activities; he had gained nearly 100% of pain-free active lumbar range of motion and he looked forward returning to work as a car detailer.
Prior to release from care, the physical therapist began to challenge his functions with advanced lumbar activities and he surpassed every challenge. He performed the activities as an athlete in training and not as a patient with a low back injury. His improvement was remarkable.
Ongoing Care & Sustained Results
Mr. Strong was treated a total of 24 times over 3 months.
Both the subjective and objective findings of this patient show positive results:
- Pain rating decreased from a level 8 to 0 on a pain rating scale 1 to 10.
- Improved active and passive lumbar range of motion to above average levels
- 100% recovery of the right foot sensory
- Ability to return to work and occupational tasks pain-free.
Note: patient names have been changed.