by CK Dillon · Filed Under: African American Baby Boomer Health Alert
By Contributing Author: Kyle Dillon a.k.a. (*Nado P.)
Several years ago while playing basketball on an outdoor court I experienced a bad fall.
My Life Changed in an Instant
It all happened in an instant as I jumped up for a rebound, was undercut by another player, and fell to the concrete, causing my ankle, knee, and hip to twist painfully. In that moment my life changed forever.
Over the next few days I sat around home applying home remedies with my leg raised, such as applying ice and using a heat pad. Within a few weeks my knee and ankle were pretty much healed, however, the worrisome pain in my hip had begun to migrate into my lower back and didn’t seem to be going away.
Home Remedies to the Rescue
In an effort to relieve that pain, I began to rest by laying down with both feet raised above my body; this technique helped to an extent and did relieve the tension at night, somewhat.
I have always been athletic so just as I had done in the past when dealing with minor injuries, I felt that icing, resting and stretching would help in the healing process.
Not This Time
I had never had an injury that didn’t heal in a matter of weeks, so this was a new experience for me.
Another month went by with no improvement. I became concerned that this was a bit more intense than I first suspected so I made an appointment with my physician.
Doc looked me over, prescribed pain pills, and said, “Continue what you’re doing and eventually proper rest will cause the pain to go away.”
But I’ve Got Things To Do!
At the time my life was moving full throttle and I was transferring to a new school, relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area to Long Beach, CA. Suddenly my athletic future was, like San Francisco, a little bit foggy.
After settling in Long Beach, I was about 45 minutes from school on a good day. If you are unfamiliar with Los Angeles traffic, a 45 minute ride can instantly become a 2 or 3 hour nightmare commute.
Daily driving for several hours, pushing a clutch and brake, in stop-and-go traffic, caused more stiffness in my back muscles. The pain became worse by the day.
Stop What You’re Doing
On more than one occasion I experienced such excruciating pain that I literally fell to the floor where I had to lay for hours until the pain alleviated itself.
After one such event, I couldn’t take the pain and called for another appointment with a doctor.
This time I was referred to a physical therapist who basically did nothing for me, but charge my insurance. I went to him for a few weeks and came away with absolutely zero positive results.
Back to the doctor I went. This time I was referred to a chiropractor! Chiropractors have gotten such a bad rap, I immediately knew this too would be useless. But I had to try something. Anything.
After describing the pain I was enduring to the chiropractor, he told me, “What you seem to be experiencing is known as [i]Sciatica.”
I asked, “How did I manage to get Sciatica?” He said, “It could be multiple reasons, but I think your problem may be due to a disc herniation.”
I’m thinking, “I’m an athlete, a student, and I don’t have time for this.” This news to me was very discouraging.
After discussing my situation and helping me understand what was going on, the chiropractor convinced me that he could give me a few adjustments that might help. With nothing to lose, I agreed.
This Article was Submitted by Contributing Author Kyle Dillon. Thanks Kyle.
[i] “Sciatica is inflammatory pressure against the nerve endings of your Sciatic nerve that causes pain in the hip and leg to extend from the back of the hip down to the calf. It is usually caused by a disk sticking out and pressing on the roots of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve fiber that begins in the lower back and runs through the buttock and down a lower limb. It is the longest and widest single nerve in the human body.”