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  • Writer's pictureDana Adkins, Esq.

How to Conquer Pain (Like PI Lawyers Do)!

Hi everyone, itโ€™s Dana. I want to share a personal story with you about ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ง.


Last Monday, I got a taste of what many ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต and ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ victims experience. I woke up with debilitating back pain. I could barely stand-up. Walking was hard and sitting was impossible. I did exactly what I tell my ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต and ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ clients to do when they get hurt:

  1. I contacted my primary care physician (PCP). She didnโ€™t have any in-person appointments available, so I scheduled a tele-health visit.

  2. I called my chiropractor.

  3. I cancelled plans (including work for the day), laid down flat, limited my movement, and began alternating heat and ice on my back.

The chiropractor got me in that afternoon. The first thing he did was take x-rays, which showed my hips and pelvis had shifted, and caused my spine to come out of alignment.

X-ray image
Yep, this is my actual misaligned pelvis and spine. (yikes!)

This was likely caused by a combination of recent lifestyle changes and exercise activities. Similar injuries are commonly experienced by ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต and ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ victims.


After reviewing the x-rays, my chiropractor used a combination of TENS therapy, along with spinal and pelvic adjustment. To be honest, I didnโ€™t feel even slightly better after the session. Actually, I probably felt worse! I left nearly in tears, wondering how I was going to endure the pain.


When I got home, I laid flat on my back, with an ice pack, and tried my best to do the recommended stretches. I started using a topical pain reliever, and that evening my PCP started me on steroids, muscle relaxers, and nerve pain medication.


On Tuesday, I was still in pain, despite all of the medication I was taking. I was still not able to sit or work, and mostly laid flat with ice packs but the pain had at least subsided enough that I could walk around my house.


I continued the recommended stretches and went to my second chiropractic session on Wednesday. I was beginning to feel somewhat better. The pain was no longer sharp and excruciating pain but instead dull and cautionary. The kind of pain that warns you not to push your luck.


On Thursday, I was finally able to sit long enough to return to work. I was conscious of the ergonomics in my work station, and set a timer to make sure I got up to move around and stretch every hour. While sitting, I used ice packs to control swelling in my back. I continued my medication as prescribed, even though the pain was substantially reduced to make sure my muscles didnโ€™t tighten.


Friday was my third chiropractic session. This time I felt my pelvis shift back into the proper place. I had such an enormous sense of relief! Over the weekend, I stopped taking medication. I will continue to see the chiropractor for another week or two to relax my muscles and realign my hips, pelvis, and spine.


It only took a week for me to mostly bounce back, because I acted quickly to get the proper treatment, and followed all of my doctorsโ€™ recommendations. Believe me, I did not have time to lay flat on an ice pack but I had to make time to heal, so that I could recover more quickly and more fully.


I know what our ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ clients mean when they say it hurts too bad to brush their teeth, to stand up long enough to shower, or to sit in the car on the way to the doctor. I also understand the gloom that can set in when you donโ€™t know how long the pain is going to last.


Myself and my team at ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ท๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ do everything within our power to support our clients as they recover from their injuries. If youโ€™ve been hurt in an ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต or ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ accident donโ€™t hesitate to call or text us anytime day or night at (843) 823-6237. You are also welcome to reach out to me personally on my cell (843) 330-7687.

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(843) 823-6237


Email

Dana.Adkins@palmettostateinjurylawyers.com


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