First of all I have done construction most of my life. For the last 13 years I have been a mechanic full time. I am 47 years old. During the 4th of July weekend in 2012 I injured my back when I wiped out on my jet-ski. I thought that I may have broken a rib. I could hardly move, much less work. I had no health insurance so I did not think that I could afford to go to a hospital.
I saw an advertisement from Glencoe Family Chiropractic that said for just a small amount I could get X-rays and an exam. I had never been to a Chiropractor before but I knew that this would be the least expensive way to find out how much damage I had done to myself. I found out that I did not have broken ribs, however, my spine was all out of whack! Dr. Kramer came up with a treatment plan. I got adjustments 2 or 3 times a week for a couple of months. I felt much better but since I was paying for it out of pocket, I could not afford it and had to stop.
Five years later in March of 2017 my back pain had returned. It got so bad that I could only sleep for a few hours until I awoke in pain. I came back to see Dr. Kramer. X-rays showed that my spine was all jacked up again. He showed me that my disc spacing was closing and the angles were all wrong. Degeneration. Once again, he came up with a treatment plan and this time I knew that I had to commit to the full plan. I came in for adjustments and treatments 3 times a week for many months.
At first I could barely tolerate the traction table on a low setting. The Graston treatments felt terrible and afterward I was very tender and bruised. It was all worth it though as a week or two after each Graston treatment I could tell that I was stronger and more flexible. I used a Tens unit, ice packs, heat, stretching and massage. Over the course of the last two years I have continued to improve. I feel at least 10 years younger. I do not have back pain anymore. My arms are able to work harder and longer without fatigue. I don’t get headaches anymore. As of April 2019 1 am still seeing Dr. Kramer once a week but I am ready to back it down to just maintenance visits soon.
I would like to tell anyone that suffers from back or joint pain that they should go see a Structural Chiropractor. I am so glad that I was lucky enough to find Dr. Kramer and his wonderful staff. My life is truly better because of them!