Today I am sharing Don’s story. Don is a 69 year old diabetic, who came to my office complaining of severe neuropathy of his hands and feet. The numbness prevented him from playing golf and doing other activities he loves. The pain was so bad, he had trouble sleeping and was exhausted all day. It had been going on for over three years. The medical doctors tried medications including gabapentin, sleeping pills, and more. I’ll share his treatment plan the nurse practitioner and I designed for him in my office.
On day one, Don came in for his initial consultation and exam. He brought the list of medications and treatments he had tried that did not work. He had not tried Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), ozone, chiropractic, or acupuncture all together in one plan. I find this is very common that patients will have tried one or more of these treatments but never all under one roof and in a specific treatment plan that works together. On his second visit, he was given the treatment plan that the nurse practitioner and I had recommended for him. He was so excited and started treatment that day.
The first treatment involved acupuncture to local points of his hands and feet. He also received the Chiropractic Cox Technic that I do. This was done so his nerves would be open and relieve any compression that had been causing him to heal much slower in the past. These two treatments were recommended for a specific number of visits over 8 to 10 weeks. After the first day, he said he had even less neck and back pain and could move around a lot better. We then added in the PRP and ozone injections. The nurse practitioner decides which areas to inject and the dose of ozone that will be used with the PRP. The PRP helps to regenerate cells and in this application, it would be nerve cells. The ozone, the same as the ozone in the atmosphere, is triple oxygen. This accentuates the PRP treatments. Once again, because this is a prescription treatment, the number of injections are specifically indicated for this patient’s condition.
As Don continued with his office visits, he was eager to be sure he made each appointment that was recommended to him. By the third set of injections, he started to feel relief. I also recommended a specific nutrition plan to help him control his blood sugar better, and reduce inflammation. He was compliant with that as well. As with other patients in my office who received great results, he followed the prescription of his treatment plan. This is very important, as when someone has gone on that long and has had that much pain lifestyle changes as a result of their condition, they are generally eager to follow the plan. By the end of his treatments, he reported that his symptoms were reduced by 90 to 95%. There are days where he has no symptoms at all. He’s able to play golf, take hikes and do the other things he loves. He’s also noticed that he’s lost weight and has so much more energy as a result of his new food plan.
Results like this happen frequently in my office. The nurse practitioner and I are only half of the plan. It’s what happens on the outside of the office when the patient is on their own and how they follow the plan. Unlike just taking a pill, this is something that requires commitment by the patient as well. When you take a prescription medication, you just have to go to your medicine cabinet and take that pill as recommended. In my office you actually have to come in to get the treatments, or “prescription” at each visit. There is no insurance coverage for the injections. Yes this does take dedication and time out of your day, but the results can be worth it.
If you or anyone you know suffers from neuropathy, please have them call my office for a complimentary consultation.
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Leisa-Marie Grgula. DC
Accurate Care Medical Wellness Center
18261 N. Pima Rd. Ste. #115