Chronic Pain Treatment – Success Stories

Success with Bilateral foot & knee pain, low back pain & headaches.

Jennifer Hackbarth

When I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on the 16th of February 2016 1 had suffered from severe daily knee & foot pain for over 8 years. I also suffered with mild daily headaches for over 5 years but had progressively gotten worse in the last 3 months. I also suffered with daily moderate low back pain for 5 years. I had placed over 20 years of stress on my body from twisting my ankles 30-40 times to car accidents to falling down the stairs a couple of dozen times to athletic injuries. Even in high school with the feet & knee pain It would kill me to walk around the house barefooted.

I had invested time & money with shoe inserts for my knee & foot pain which never really seemed to help much & when the pain kept me awake at night I would take ibuprofen. The pain just kept getting worse. I went to school for baking & pastry arts so standing on my feet is a must & even with good industry shoes it wasn’t feeling any better. The headaches also kept getting more severe & frequent & were making me not want to move my head or even blink my eyes & I was losing concentration at work & losing sleep at night. I had been adapting my life to live with my health problems & they were only getting worse.

Since I began coming to Optimal Performance my feet, knees, low back, headaches, concentration & sleep have improved exponentially to the point I am excited for my health to continue to improve because the pain I once felt is now a distant memory & no longer a daily annoying occurrence.

I would definitely recommend people who are willing to put in the time & effort to come to Optimal Performance, not just because I now feel great but because they care & want you to reach your Optimal Health & to stay at Optimal Health.

My mom’s motto was always “If you are not dying your fine” while this may apply to some aspects of our lives it does not apply to our health. No one should suffer on a daily basis with something that can be fixed. This is one lesion I have learned the hard way. -Jennifer Hackbarth.

 

Success with Chronic Low back pain due to degenerative arthritis.

Sheila Hall

 

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on September 9th, 2015. I had been suffering from daily back pain for 30 years from multiple car accidents, falls walking the dogs, falls on ice, falls playing soccer and 41 years as a vet tech. I started my day for 30 years with low back pain when I awoke in the morning. Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I had tried heat, ice, exercise and I had seen my primary doctor who took x-rays and diagnosed me with Chronic Degenerative Arthritis and prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxers. I saw a chiropractor who I felt made it better and then worse. I saw different physical therapists who prescribed different exercises. Those doctors and treatments gave me some temporary relief but I still continued to suffer with bouts of extreme pain so then I used the muscle relaxers and pain medication to deal with the problem. I had been told by multiple doctors that I would just have to live a life with daily low back pain. I was totally frustrated with this chronic daily pain. It caused me to miss work, not go hiking, not do photography, I could not clean my floors and the pain would wake me nightly to change sleeping positions.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I can now wake in the morning without any lower back pain! I sleep through the night. I can stand in one spot without any pain for long periods of time! And I do not need to use any muscle relaxers or pain medications and I can spend more time shopping since I can stand and walk for long periods of time without any pain which my husband is not so enthusiastic about me shopping. I am now in control of my back pain and look forward to a future without pain. I can now go hiking and spend more time walking in nature with my two dogs which makes me very happy. I will continue to recommend my friends and family to Optimal Performance Health Care Center. —Sheila Hall.

Success with Migraine Headaches

Bridget Meehan

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center in January of 2016. I had suffered from Chronic Migraines since the age of seven (20 years). These debilitating episodes would last 3 to 4 days and were happening multiple times a month. I also suffered from neck, arm and hand pain. My health problems caused me to miss countless days of school; often I missed out on family functions, activities with friends, driving and they interrupted my sleep and I stopped painting which is something I used to love.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I had tried ibuprofen, Topamax, diet, exercise, massage and ice treatments. I had seen several general practitioners, allergists, neurologist, therapists and a trip to the Mayo Clinic. Those specialists did not have a reason for the debilitating migraines but recommended copious amounts of ibuprofen, Aleve and Excedrin to keep me functioning enough to “just deal with” the migraines and other symptoms. The prescription drugs did not help, I noticed the side effects of the drugs but they did not offer me any relief. Diet changes, though wonderful for my health, did not provide any relief either. I was living on a steady diet of Ibuprofen, anti-nausea meds and an acceptance that “this was it” before coming to Optimal Performance. I grew up being told that some people just get migraines. I learned to push through, though I was often miserable.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance I can’t tell you when my last migraine occurred. What was once an everyday awful norm is now a thing of the past. I now have increased energy, stamina, increased ability to work and deal with stress. I am now free to enjoy life without migraines. My expectations have been exceeded.

I am looking forward to not missing out on life anymore. It is amazing how different my life is in just a short amount of time. I didn’t realize the negative affects the migraines had on my life until now that my migraines have resolved. I would 100% recommend Optimal Performance Health Care to anyone not functioning at 100% health. No one should have to “just live with” an illness or pain, not when there is a solution like there was for me.

curt_pochertSuccess with Neck Pain

Curt Pochert

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on September 1st, 2011.  I had been suffering with low back and neck pain that was on and off for over two years. My pain was so severe I could not workout, participate in sports or work to my fullest potential.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I tried pain killers and different heating treatments. They gave temporary relieve but I had to take more pain killers and use more heating techniques, however; in the long run they did not permanently fix my health problems and the pain would come back.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance my neck and lower back are stronger, my posture has improved, my spine is better aligned and my flexibility has improved.

I believe my future will be better with my improved health since I am able to participate in my hobbies and work activities without pain and dysfunction.

I would recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who suffer from unnecessary illness and pain because they listen first and then come up with solutions to help. They go above and beyond. I think Dr. Van Westen is very great at what he does. He puts the patient’s needs first.

rachel_urferSuccess with Lumbar, Cervical and Shoulder Dysfunction and Pain

Rachel Urfer

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center February 16th of 2012 suffering with Low back, Neck and Shoulder Pain and Dysfunction. The lumbar dysfunction and pain had affected me for the past 18 years and the neck and shoulder dysfunction for 12 years. The severity of symptoms fluctuated but progressively got worse. When the symptoms were at their worst I was immobile and was not able to perform my job. I was cranky and not fun to be around.

Prior to becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I had seen a orthopedic surgeon, took ibuprofen for 10 years and had chiropractic treatments on an emergency basis for 6 years. The chiropractic care had helped the acute pain but I was not going regularly and the ibuprofen helped to keep the pain level down. A doctor even told me that I was going to have to live with these problems for the rest of my life, but that was untrue.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance the pain and dysfunction are almost totally eliminated and I have improved sleep, energy, strength, flexibility, mobility, stamina, breathing, ability to work, ability to exercise, ability to deal with stress, and even my concentration has improved!

I now feel confident to do my work and to engage fully in physical activity without fear of injury or disability!

I would absolutely 100% recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to anyone who suffers from unwanted health conditions such as lumbar, cervical, and shoulder pain. The Multi-Specialty approach is so helpful!

jennifer_hecklerSuccess with Headaches

Jennifer Heckler

I first contacted Optimal Performance on June 25th, 2013 suffering with tension headaches. The tension headaches began in January and they continued to increase in frequency until they were occurring every day, sometimes twice a day. Each headache episode would last anywhere from 1 to 4 hours. I was in pain much of the day, I couldn’t concentrate at work or at home, I found it hard to participate and enjoy normal activities with my family and friends.

In February I had suffered with the tension headaches for 5 weeks and I saw my primary physician who prescribed pain/anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxers. The pain medication helped with the pain, but the muscles relaxers made me feel extremely drowsy and made it difficult to work while taking the medications.

I took the medication as prescribed and the headaches would go away while taking the pain medication, but would immediately return when the medication started to wear off. After about 5 weeks of taking the medications I decided to find a chiropractor. This was a decision based upon hearing stories from other people that had suffered with chronic headaches and how they got relief from chiropractic treatment.

My primary physician suggested physical therapy if the medications he prescribed did not resolve the problem. Once I started my physical therapy, chiropractic care, and therapeutic massage at Optimal Performance Health Care Center, it was approximately 5 weeks until I saw a reduction in the frequency and the severity of my headaches. But once I started seeing changes in my symptoms from the therapy, there was a very fast reduction in the frequency and severity of the headaches. Within 7 weeks of the start of my therapy, the headaches completely stopped. I am now headache free and am able to feel good again.
I can now live my life normally again without having pain, lack of concentration, and irritability. I would highly recommend Optimal Performance Health Care for therapies to resolve issues with headaches.

Optimal Performance Health Care Center offers an effective combination of treatments to correct problems quickly and effectively. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Dr. Van Westen is knowledgeable and willing to work on not only treating symptoms, but also determining and correcting the root cause of a problem.

john_angleSuccess with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

John Angle

I had injured my back two years ago and had to have a discectomy (a surgical procedure in which some of the disc material between the vertebral bones are removed). I went through a battery of Physical Therapy after the surgery and eventually felt better. Fourteen months ago, the pain returned. As time passed the pain became more debilitating, affecting my sleep, my work, my overall quality of life. I had trouble sitting, standing, walking and laying down.

Prior to Coming to Optimal Performance I had seen no less than three doctors. I tried massage, physical therapy at Athletico and Acupuncture. I spent several thousands of Dollars. At the same time I sought treatment at Optimal Performance, I was taking large doses of prescription pain killers, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatory medication. I had temporary relief that would never last more than a day or two. I was told by Several doctors that the best solution was more surgery, specifically a Vertebral Fusion (The surgical union of two adjacent vertebrae to immobilize the joint).

Since starting care at Optimal Performance I have seen results that I didn’t even think were possible. I sleep better, my pain is almost nonexistent, I have more energy, stamina and flexibility. I’m back doing things, like running, that I had discontinued due to my pain. Nothing short of Miraculous. Not only have the folks at Optimal Performance helped me to stabilize my condition, but they have also given me the tools to continue maintaining my body. I no longer view my condition as degenerative, it is improving every day.

I recommend my friends to Optimal Performance and in fact a friend of mine referred me to Optimal Performance. She said, “You will end up wishing you’d gone sooner.”
Chiropractic should be incorporated into general check-ups, as I see it. Had I been seeing a chiropractor ten or even five years ago, I would have avoided surgery, the surgery recuperation and the drug dependency that went with it.

The staff at Optimal Performance have renewed my faith in medical care. They are the most caring and personally invested group of health care professional I have ever met.

ryan_empeySuccess with Degenerative Cervical Discs and Shoulder Dysfunction

Ryan Empey

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center in January of 2012. While on vacation in Mexico I had injured my neck and shoulder and was suffering with severe constant pain that made it impossible to participate in volleyball or basketball and affected my sleep.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I had tried to deal with the pain, pain killers and ice but they did not fix my problems and they got worse to the point that other areas of my body were becoming affected like my arm and I really did not want to see any doctors for these problems.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance my neck and shoulder are stronger, my range of motion and flexibility have improved, my pain is gone, my posture has improved, my spine is better aligned and my sleep has improved.

I believe my future will be better with my improved health since I am able to participate in my hobbies and work activities without pain and dysfunction and I was taught the tools I need to know to help me prevent any future problems and to continue leading a healthy active lifestyle.

wendi_pagacSuccess with Digestive Irritability, Chronic Stomach Pain, and Hip Pain

Wendi Pagac

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on October 19th, 2011. I had been suffering with Digestion problems & Chronic Stomach Pain & Hip Pain. I had suffered with Stomach/Gastrointestinal Issues ever since high school so about 15 years. When I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center the pain was to the point of inflicting on my everyday life and affecting me emotionally.

I had tried over the counter medications, enemas and exercise without any success and the results were minimal and temporary at best. The problems had gotten so bad that I thought I would have to live with them because my mother has similar issues (i.e. a sensitive G.I. system) and because I have dealt with these conditions for so long.

Since I have become a patient at Optimal Performance my results have been fantastic! The adjustments, physical therapy, and nutritional program have given me more energy and the daily pain and discomfort in my stomach is gone and I have not had any stomach problems for over two months for the first time in 15 years.

I didn’t think that was possible before coming to Optimal Performance Health Care Center. I think my future will be better with my improved health and I look forward to further improving my health and well-being by continuing my future care at Optimal Performance and by continuing to use the information I have received from Dr. Van Westen.

I am so excited to have a future without stomach and digestion issues. I would recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who suffer from unnecessary illness and pain.

I would like to thank Dr. Van Westen for all of his help! I feel 10 times better than I did when I first began seeking help three months ago.

lauren_oesterlingSuccess with Neck Pain

Lauren Oesterling

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center on September 1st, 2011. I had been suffering with constant severe neck pain since the summer when I fell off a horse and severely injured my neck. I also suffered with headaches and my range of motion was severely limited especially in extension. The pain interfered with my work, workouts, sleep, and my ability to participate to my fullest potential. It also affected my relationships with my friends and family since I was less fun to be around and was less helpful around the house.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I tried Advil, different pillows, and heating pads. They gave temporary relieve but I was frustrated that they did not cure my health problems.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance my results have been pretty great and I am able to turn my head and neck without any pain and I feel much better.

I believe my future will be better with my improved health since training will not be painful and I will continue to be injury free. I would recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who suffer from unnecessary illness and pain.

william_kwiatkowskiSuccess with Balance, Weight loss, Strength, and Shoulder, leg, hip, back, and Neck Pain and Dysfunction

William Kwiatkowski

I first came to Optimal Performance in January of 2012 suffering with constant pain and dysfunction in my neck, shoulders, back, hips, and legs. At the age of 62 I had finally decided that I needed to do something about it.

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance I had been to pain management classes and they worked on my spine and had performed surgery and placed stints in my legs and I have also had therapy and I consider those treatments useless and a waste of time. The results were temporary lessening of the pain but nothing permanent. Most of those doctors have given me pain meds and have told me that I would have to live with it.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care my life has dramatically changed. My balance has improved greatly, my neck and shoulders feel 100% improved, my back is also greatly improved along with my hips and my legs. I have also lost about 30lbs with Dr. Van Westen’s exercises and diet strategies.

I believe that my life will be better with my improved health since I feel much younger and I am now able to continue with exercising at the gym and at home. Dr. Van Westen continues to give me the correct exercises for weight loss and building lean muscle.

I would without a doubt recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to others who want to live a fuller active lifestyle. I can not thank Dr. Van Westen enough for helping me to feel years younger and with my weight loss I actually look years younger also!

jenny_edwardsSuccess with Headaches

Jenny Edwards

I first came to Optimal Performance Health Care Center in February of 2012 suffering with migraine headaches for the past 10 years. I went from suffering from one migraine headache a week to suffering from 2 to 3 migraine headaches a week. My migraine headaches were so severe that I would have to leave work early, come home and lay down. Darkness was good and silence was better. I could not participate in social activities because of the excruciating pain.

Prior to becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I had received chiropractic care with some relief of my symptoms. I would also take ibuprofen or Tylenol at times, but these medications typically would not touch the pain. Sleeping helped the most to stop the pain, however with those treatments my migraine headaches steadily increased.

Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center, I have been feeling really good! After my first treatment, I only experienced 1 headache! This is a huge difference from 3 a week! I had started treatment for my migraine headaches 8 weeks ago and have been headache free since week 2!

I feel my future will be so much better with my increased health and it is so freeing to not be held down by migraine headaches and I am more positive about the future and my ability to live life!

I would absolutely 100% recommend Optimal Performance Health Care Center to anyone who suffers from unwanted health conditions such as migraine headaches. Dr. Van Westen is very knowledgeable and does a great job explaining your illness and your treatment plan. He is very thorough and caring! Thank you Dr. Van Westen for all your help!

brian_edwardsSuccess with Neck and Upper Back Pain and Lack of Function

Brian Edwards

Prior to coming to Optimal Performance Health Care in January of 2012 I had been suffering with Neck and Upper Back Pain and Dysfunction for years. I had seen a chiropractor for 3 plus years of treatment and had spent close to $3000 during that time with varying degrees of results but the core problems were never being treated. Since no plan was laid out for me I thought that this would have to be managed for the rest of my life with long term solution in sight.

Since becoming accepted as a patient at Optimal Performance the neck and upper back pain and dysfunction have decreased greatly to the point where 95% of the time I feel comfort and healthy and my range of motion and ability to turn and bend have increased substantially.

I feel that my future will be better with my improved health since being pain free is great and having the knowledge and skills that I have acquired I know what I can do to help any pain that I may have.

I would highly recommend to anyone who suffers with needless illness or pain to contact Optimal Performance Health Care Center. They are always happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

patricia_werraSuccess with Constant Neck and Shoulder Pain and Severe Back Pain

Patricia Werra

Prior to consulting with Optimal Performance in June of 2012, I had suffered with severe low back pain for 41 years, daily neck pain for 40 years, and daily shoulder pain for almost as long. In the past I had spent $1000’s of dollars on physical therapy, massage therapy, muscle relaxers, Advil, cryotherapy, heat therapies, and exercise.

The results were temporary at best to relieve the symptoms but those treatments did nothing to fix the problems. Since becoming a patient at Optimal Performance Health Care Center I have greatly improved posture, greater mobility and flexibility, the pain is gone.

My ability to stand and walk and my ability to work and exercise have also greatly improved. Now that the pain is gone my future goals are to maintain my improvements and prevent future problems. I would highly recommend Optimal Performance to anyone who suffers with back or neck or shoulder problems even if you have suffered for years as I have.