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Monday, January 19, 2015

My Path out of Pain

The path which led me to become a Chiropractic Physician began in the Army, or the Army National Guard, if you will.  Of my twelve years of service I was on federal orders for three years.  During these three years I spent seven months in the Balkans conducting peace keeping missions and sixteen months in Iraq during the height of the insurgency.  My job was straightforward:  do as I was told.  As an Infantryman, this was typically a rather simple affair that only required a bit of blood, sweat and tears.

I suffered from body aches and pains, just like the next guy.  We all sucked it up.  And on the days that we couldn’t, Doc was there handing out 800 mg “horse pills” of ibuprofen.  Doc used to say “now don’t take too many of these because I don’t want you bleeding out if you get hit!”.  Taking a blood thinner before going on a combat patrol isn’t advisable, but it was all we had to keep us going.

Fast forward to 2007.  The welcome home ceremony is over.  My body feels like it is falling apart.  The Veteran’s Administration’s answer to my knee pain?  “You’re getting old.”  Their solution to my back and neck pain?  Vicodin and muscle relaxers – as many as I can stuff down my throat.  Their solution to my shoulder pain?  A cortisone shot that hurt worst than the shoulder pain, could only be administered three times in a lifetime and only provided temporary relief.

None of these were sustainable solutions.  So, I went looking for one and and this search led me to Chiropractic.

Author: Dr. Greg Roberts; Lakeville Chiropractor and owner of Upright Health, with credentials in Corrective Exercise, Graston Technique® and Active Release Techniques®.


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