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Ben and his Disc Bulge

Say hi to the sweetest boxer face in the entire world. Benjamin here is one of the happiest and healthiest guys around, but he wasn’t always this smiley thanks to a bad disc in his back. Don’t let his white face fool you, he can keep up with his younger siblings no problem now. When we first met Ben, he could barely move. He wouldn’t lay down because he was in so much pain and he would pace 24/7. He couldn’t get comfortable and his mom feared the worst, that his time had come and she would need to make an awful decision.

Before going that route, his mom decided to try chiropractic for Ben. On his first visit it was clear that Ben was dealing with a severely pinched nerve, likely caused by a disc bulge. He was hunched up and in a great deal of pain. His paw was knuckling under and he was exhausted from lack of sleep. That week he was adjusted twice, and after that first adjustment he slept more than he had in since the episode began.

After three adjustments Ben was sleeping like normal, he was no longer pacing, and he was able to relax during the day. Though he wasn’t back to 100% just yet, his improvement was remarkable. After six weeks of adjustments, Ben was back to himself and then some! He was active, playful, initiating play, running, jumping, and keeping up with his younger siblings. He couldn’t wait for his walks again, and mom was finally able to sleep in her bed again instead of curled up next to him on the dog bed. Benjamin is a rockstar, and we continue to see him to make sure he is able to maintain the progress he has made. You’d never know this man was 11, and we hope to keep him that way!

Louie with Neurological Issues

Say hi to Louie! This handsome cocker had back surgery a few years ago when he had paralysis in his back end. He went through two months of rehabilitation and was finally up and walking again. Since then he has always had somewhat of a drunkard walk and within the last several months had been having frequent episodes of slipping, knuckling under, spasm, and near immobility in his back end. He was diagnosed with neurological issues but there was no reason as to why or what could be done. Concerned for the worst, his parents decided to look into more  options to help this young buck out.

Louie was like a new man after his first adjustment. He was walking straighter, his walk seemed to stabilize and he had so much more energy. His progress was amazing and the neurological problems began to subside faster than anyone had hoped. The episodes became fewer and fewer and then got to the point where he wasn’t having them at all. He wasn’t in any pain and had truly returned to his pre-surgery self. 

With Louie we’ve found that his body responds well to monthly maintenance visits. The one time we extended this, Louie had a minor few episodes. Upon returning to his normal schedule, he’s been right as rain. Louie is a perfect example of how the body has to compensate after surgery. Though the surgery itself removed pressure on the spinal cord, years later the joints above and below had to make up for the one having been operated on. These in turn began putting pressure on the cord and causing him to have similar episodes to his first bout of paralysis. Now Louie has found something that works for him, he is medication free, and is truly a remarkable man!

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Nellie and her Cruciate Tear

cruciate tearWhoa Nellie…that’s what this girl was probably told before she injured her back leg. Nellie came up lame after some hard play, though there was no specific injury that could really be linked to the issue. This is not uncommon at all when it comes to cruciate tears. More often than not, these ligaments weaken over time and slowly start to wear over many months. At that point it doesn’t take much to either fully tear or partially tear a now unstable knee. This is exactly what happened to sweet Nellie.

 

Nellie’s folks were told she would require surgery to fix the knee and that it would not heal on its own. They were slightly skeptical and when Nellie’s best bud Moya had had a similar injury that was healing up nicely using chiropractic, it seemed like a no brainer to try an alternative first. Nellie was an absolute rockstar at her first adjustment and it didn’t look like she would need to go the conventional route.

 

Within days of her first few visits Nellie was already walking better. Her lameness quickly subsided and only pops up occasionally after some heavy duty activity. Eventually this will stop as well, it just takes a little extra time to fully heal inside that joint. Similar to a heavy workout at the gym, soreness is to be expected, but not long lasting. Sweet Nellie is a perfect example of why trying an alternative route before going the surgical route can’t hurt!

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Bullet and his Neck Pain

neck painBullet the beagle, an avid hunter, digger, and squirrel chaser. This guy really frightened his parents when he started screaming and crying at even the slightest touch to his neck. He couldn’t raise his head above a certain level, couldn’t turn his head side to side, and truly couldn’t be touched without going into a fit of cries. Their poor boy was in so much pain they were beside themselves on what to do. Medication wasn’t helping and none of the traditional options that they were given seemed to be working. At that point they decided to try chiropractic care for Bullet.

 

At his first visit Bullet was incredibly friendly but could hardly move his head at all. He was sad, low-hanging, and spasmed from his neck all the way to his lower back. In addition to his nerve impingement problem, Bullet also had a partially torn cruciate ligament in his back leg. If that weren’t enough this guy was just in a whole bundle of pain and we knew the healing process was going to take some time.

 

After his first three adjustments Bullet walked in with his head held high and spasm down to a minimum. He didn’t cry while being worked on and he could move his neck without any restriction. The pain he had been feeling had been greatly diminished and his parents were able to remove the medication from his regimen. It didn’t take long before Bullet was back to his normal antics of running, jumping and digging. Even with all of this activity his neck remains healthy and stable and his back legs are all on the ground as they’ve been able to heal naturally!