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PWC Success Stories: Nagging Pain Can Become Chronic If Left Unchecked

Dr. Angela Mailis, Founder

Dr. Angela Mailis, Founder

A 68 year old housewife comes to see us in October for severe right hip pain since February. She has hard time walking around and finds it very hard to climb stairs. She has been treated in a local physiotherapy facility but she has not been helped. She tells us she needs a cortisone injection in her hip as she is diagnosed with “bursitis”. She is anxious to get better as she will travel for holidays planned long ago, in mid-November. After a full examination both by myself and one of my chiropractors, we ask her to allow the therapist to work with her for a different form of therapy and we promised her that if she does not improve in 2 weeks, we will inject her hip. By the second treatment, she was able to walk in the Eaton centre for hours of shopping without pain.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Even simple problems as in the case of bursitis, can become chronic and disabling if the patient does not receive appropriate medical and physical management .

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PWC Success Stories: Multi-Step Therapy

Dr. Angela Mailis, Founder

Dr. Angela Mailis, Founder

A 46-year-old businessman was involved in a multi-vehicle accident and experienced immediate nausea, dizziness, headache and disorientation. When he sees us 3 weeks after the injury, he is unable to drive and continues to complain of significant post-concussion symptoms and post-traumatic headaches. After our medical and manual therapy assessment, he decides to come back to our centre for manual therapy and medical acupuncture as well as proper nutritional guidance from our naturopathic doctor, with quick and substantial improvement, while he manages to return to work full time.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Proper manual and other physical therapy can assist recovery from a concussion, as  many of the symptoms are due to dysfunction of the neck structures.

KEY MESSAGES

  • Pain must be treated early to prevent it from becoming chronic.
  • Proper pain management requires the close collaboration of many health care professionals, including pain doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists, manual therapists, nutritional experts, mindfullness facilitators and others.
  • A holistic approach to pain management must address simultaneously the physical, emotional and mental aspects of pain. 
  • Empowering the patient to self-manage aspects of his or her pain together with health providers, guarantees a much higher level of success. 

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PWC Success Stories: Motor Vehicle Accident Patient

Dr. Angela Mailis, Founder

Dr. Angela Mailis, Founder

A 38 year old woman who was involved in a serious car accident when her car was broadsided by another vehicle on Highway 400 and subsequently flipped over in a ditch. Neck x-rays in emergency were reported as normal, but her right knee was not x-rayed despite the fact she had severe knee pain. She came to our clinic 10 days after the accident in horrific pain, unable to walk without a cane and needing help to even put her clothes on. Her husband had to take a leave of absence to take care of her. An extensive medical examination as well as an examination by our chiropractor showed multiple tender areas. Additionally, she had severe anxiety and nightmares from the accident. Our psychologist saw her the same day and diagnosed her with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. We submitted her to quick investigations (x-rays, bone scans, etc.) to make sure we were not missing a fracture. At that point we started treating her intensely with a combination of medications for pain and sleep disorder, manual therapy, postural and other exercises, as well as with a psychological intervention for her  post-traumatic stress disorder. 

TAKE HOME MESSAGE: A quick interdisciplinary approach, addressing the proper diagnosis and both physical and psychological components of the patient’s condition, is the best way to prevent pain from becoming chronic and very difficult to treat.

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