Thelma’s story

Posted by Mark Croucher
on August 28, 2017
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This is Thelma Malone. She is a very special woman.

A number of years ago, Thelma was hit by drunk driver while she was walking across the road. She was severely injured, with multiple fractures to her legs, pelvis, collar bone and more. Thelma spent 2 months in intensive care and underwent over 10 orthopedic surgeries to repair her broken bones. Unfortunately, she was also left with paralysis of her left arm and limited use of her leg. This didn’t stop Thelma. She fought on and regained her life. But as the years went by her pain became more severe.

When I first met her, about one month ago, she could not stand or walk without severe pain radiating down her leg. She had undergone epidural spinal injections a couple months prior to coming into my office, but Thelma was still suffering severely. Her rheumatologist referred her to my office to see if I could help.

The MRI and X-ray studies on her spine showed advanced spinal breakdown throughout her lower back. But findings during her examination gave me hope that we may be able to help her. Together we discussed my plan for her and she decided to move forward with care at my office.

Within 1 month of treatment at my office, Thelma has been able to lower the pain she was experiencing with standing and walking tremendously. She says her pain score has dropped from 10 out of 10 down (where 10 is the worst pain possible) to a score of 2 out of 10. Thelma is truly a tough individual. I am thankful to her doctor for sending her to see me. I’m so thankful to have been able to help her. She is an inspiring person with an amazing outlook on life.


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