I was referred to Dr. Schmoe by another chiropractor who went to school with him. I’ve had a number of concussions (8 total from a career in pro hockey) and she (the referring physician) thought that Dr. Schmoe might be able to help with a neck problem that I’ve had for 18 months (caused by another hockey injury, also a concussion). That first appointment he was able to figure out that it was not a neck problem, but a shoulder injury with referred pain that was causing my neck to spasm. After doing some of the concussion
Major Improvement After Just One Visit
During that first appointment, he was able to figure out that it was not a neck problem, but a shoulder injury with referred pain that was causing my neck to spasm. After doing some concussion testing, he also was able to see that the entire right side of my body was overly sensitized because of the head injuries and was helping to cause the problem of the referred pain in my neck. Before I left that first session, my neck pain had already been reduced by 75%.
Over the next few weeks and 3 more sessions, he was able to get the pain to subside enough to figure out that there was also probably an internal injury to my shoulder (labrum and possibly the bicipital tendon). Four previous physicians had missed this diagnosis, including having an MRI and X-rays. On his referral, I went to a shoulder specialist and found out that there WAS a tear in my labrum and bicipital tendon (exactly what Dr. Schmoe had suspected). Surgery is scheduled for next week.
Not Having to Live in Pain or on Painkillers
I was beginning to think that I was going to have to learn to live with the unbelievable pain that I was having and painkillers were starting to become a problem. By taking a different approach than just prescribing painkillers or doing a neck adjustment, Dr. Schmoe was able to track my pain back to the problem spot (my shoulder) and figure it out correctly.
I would highly recommend Dr. Schmoe and he will be my first call if I have any other neck, back, shoulder, or concussion issues in the future. A different approach was exactly what I needed and I wish I would have found him sooner.