Have you ever had pain in your forearm after a long day of typing? Maybe the pain started as a little soreness that you ignored, then slowly over time the pain started to become achy all the time. The ache started to affect your hand and arm strength. You had difficulty cooking and holding the laundry basket. Then your hand starts to go numb. That's when you decide maybe I can’t ignore this anymore. I mean anything that’s going numb and you can’t hold on to things that can’t be good, right? So now you’re on Google, which tells you that you have anything from tendinitis to carpal tunnel. And neither one of those words sound good. The google search leads you to the doctor for more answers. The doctor says to take this medication, try stretching if it doesn’t get better then they'll refer you to an orthopedic surgeon. Just the mention going to an orthopedic surgeon has your mind reeling. Anything that needs somebody with the title surgeon is not good. So now you go home and you really stop using your hand because moving hurts and this pain is so bad now that you might have to have surgery. Over the next several weeks pain just gets worse from not moving it and the exercise the doctor gave you on the paper, it doesn’t get better. What do you do now?
Well if you're like Tammy you start to ask anyone who will listen, about your problem. Tammy took her friends advice to call me just to ask questions and to see if there would be any other possible options besides surgery.
When Tammy started telling me how long she had been dealing with her forearm pain it was impressive. Moms really will ignore pain for a long time because they just have to get through the day. But now Tammy couldn’t make it through her day. She couldn’t even make it through cooking dinner let alone playing with her kids. She was having difficulty even gripping the steering wheel; which really scared her when she was driving her kids. Every day the pan stuck around she felt like she was letting everyone around her down.
When Tammy left the evaluation she had much less pain and she was able to make a fit again! She was so excited! She knew how to do her “homework” and what the goal of the next visit was going to be. She felt immediate relief from the worry and stress she’d been caring for months. Not to mention relief from the physical pain she’d been dealing with for months. She was able to cancel all the appointments with her orthopedic surgeon, the x-ray and the MRI freeing up so much of her time. Tammy sees the light at the end of the tunnel and is very happy she knows she will get back to her life again soon.
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WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald