Elyse Mills-Fletcher was suffering from constant back pain and multiple back spasms. Some of the spasms were so severe she would drop to her knees. The pain started in 1990 when Elyse was in a 6-vehicle collision. The accident was so bad that she was lucky to get out alive but ever since then her back has not been the same. After the accident her MRI showed she was suffering from arthritis throughout her whole spine, bulging discs, herniated discs, stenosis and a congenital deformity. Elyse was in constant pain. She was having trouble sitting, reaching for things, washing the dishes, doing laundry, pretty much anything that involved reaching and bending.
“Even though I was seeing my chiropractor regularly I realized that there was going to be a point where I was going to need something more because I wasn’t getting relief that was lasting more than a day or two,” said Elyse. Elyse then went to a physician who told her that she might have to go forward with surgery but she should try therapy first.
Elyse came into our Berwyn clinic at the end of January and started her therapy immediately. Her pain level was at a 5-6 when she first came in. “What would set off a back spasm would be I’d be getting out of the shower have my towel on and bend over to reach for lotion and I would have a spasm that would drop me to my knees. That’s not an issue anymore!” Elyse has recently finished therapy at the Illinois Back Institute and is feeling great! She does a lot of gardening and is studying metalsmithing and now she can do this without the fear of having a back spasm. Elyse’s goal when she came in was to live without the fear of having a back spasm and she has completed that goal. “I think my back is pretty healthy!”
“The staff is great! I have nothing but good stuff to say about all of them,” said Elyse. She felt that the staff really was invested in her welling being. “You felt like you were part of a community.” She was also given exercises that she can bring home with her and keep her spine strong with. “Everybody was giving me all the q’s that I needed to know what I am doing was the correct thing to do.”