Dana Adkins, Esq.
How to Conquer Pain (Like PI Lawyers Do)!
Hi everyone, it’s Dana. I want to share a personal story with you about 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧.
Last Monday, I got a taste of what many 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 and 𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭 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 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 and 𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭 clients to do when they get hurt:
I contacted my primary care physician (PCP). She didn’t have any in-person appointments available, so I scheduled a tele-health visit.
I called my chiropractor.
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.
This was likely caused by a combination of recent lifestyle changes and exercise activities. Similar injuries are commonly experienced by 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 and 𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭 victims.
After reviewing the x-rays, my chiropractor used a combination of TENS therapy, along with spinal and pelvic adjustment. To be honest, I didn’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 didn’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 doctors’ 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 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘯𝘫𝘶𝘳𝘺 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 don’t know how long the pain is going to last.
Myself and my team at 𝗣𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝗷𝘂𝗿𝘆 𝗟𝗮𝘄𝘆𝗲𝗿𝘀 do everything within our power to support our clients as they recover from their injuries. If you’ve been hurt in an 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 or 𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭 accident don’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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