We asked some of our patients to describe their conditions, how the pain affected their lives, and what other treatments they had before coming to Dr. Fretty. A few of their stories follow.
“I had lower back pain that affected my leg. I also suffered from migraines and a stiff neck. I was functioning but barely. I was tense and irritable and was unable to play with my daughter. I could only work on household chores or play with her in 15-minute increments. I took 800 mg of Ibuprofen to ease the pain. I also took Imitrex and other over-the-counter medicines. A former employer referred me in 2001 when I re injured my back. I confirmed that my insurance company covered Dr. Fretty. My headaches are now completely gone, not even a tinge. My back is much better and I have regained 90% of regular activities, including playing with my daughter! I had forgotten what a clear head even felt like.Thanks.”
“I have been a heavyweight lifter for almost 20 years, and a firefighter for 13 of them. Over time, it has taken a little more time to recover from physical exertion. I would have nagging neck and mid-back pain. One evening, I decided to wear some very high heels and that was enough to throw the rest of me out of whack. I could not make any quick movements without pain. The pain made it impossible to carry out any of my normal activities, such as driving a car, working out at the gym, working on the job, sleeping comfortably, sitting, you name it. I tried heating pads alternated with ice packs, and massage. It was soothing for the moment, but offered no long lasting relief. I have a dear friend who swears by Dr. Fretty and being that she is so vibrant, healthy and strong, I felt it was a better reference than by telephone or by word of mouth. After only a few visits, I felt strong as a bull again! I can lift, squat, bend, run, and play etc. etc. pain free. I actually feel better than I remember when I considered myself healthy–there were some nagging aches I had just learned to accept as part of the aging process. Who knew? I am just glad I don’t have to feel that way anymore. This is no quick fix–but Dr. Fretty has taught me that a lot of ailments are easily avoidable.”
“I had two fused vertebra in my back from an old horseback riding accident and had recently been diagnosed with a condition, pseudo tumor cerebri. I had severe headaches, trouble sleeping, and I was on several prescription pain relievers and sleep aids. Some days even simple tasks like picking up a sock on the floor were nearly impossible. After my riding accident, I had been treated unsuccessfully in many other chiropractic offices. After about 7 months of therapy, I was told it was something that I would always live with. Victoria, my sister, told me about Dr. Fretty. When he learned of my problem, he was willing to give it a try. So I packed my things and drove 250 miles to see the best there is. He got my back to break loose!!! I did not believe it at first. I had lived with this for 15 years and it took him only 10 minutes to begin the correct healing process. He also helped with my newly diagnosed condition. Once he adjusted my spine, the headaches became less frequent and less severe. I thank Dr. Fretty for finding my ability to do little things–like sleep. If it were not for him, I would still be living a sort of half-life.”
“Over a period of more than 20 years I had experienced back pain, the most debilitating of which was centered in my lower back. The condition would result in severe muscle spasms at least 3 to 4 times a year. I was troubled with sciatica several times a year. These bouts with back spasms would immobilize me for 3 to 4 days at a time, making it impossible for me to go to my job. I was barely able to walk to and from the bathroom. In between flare-ups, I had to be very careful when doing simple things such as bending over the sink to brush my teeth, tie my shoe, etc. My back ached on a daily basis.
I saw a chiropractor during this 20-year period. However, the cost and inflexible hours made it difficult to afford and to go in for regular visits. When the spasms occurred, I would contact my internist for drugs (usually strong muscle relaxants and codeine.) These drugs would eventually relieve the pain, but kept me too groggy to get out of bed.
One day in December 2000, I decided to find a new chiropractor. I opened the yellow pages and found Dr. Fretty’s practice listed. I was delighted to see that his office was conveniently located in my neighborhood, and I decided to contact him. Since the first appointment with Dr. Fretty, I have not had a lower back spasm, nor have I been bothered with sciatica.
I believe these results are due to his expertise and also his belief in treating the whole person, stressing the need for good nutrition, the right kind of exercise, quality sleep, and a positive mindset. Just as important, I believe that Dr. Fretty’s flexible hours and his genuine care for his patients creates and environment of easy access, support and nurturing that is so important to a patient’s comfort, confidence and recovery. The entire staff of Ocean Chiropractic is always available to answer my phone calls, and they are never too busy to address my health needs with cheerfulness and compassion.
Since finding OCC, I am amazed and delighted at my body’s improved range of motion and flexibility. I can bend over, tie my shoe, or pick a flower now without having to get down on my knees. Dr. Fretty is also treating my carpal tunnel syndrome with very good results. I am doing extremely well, and able to continue with my administrative job, and various other activities (e.g. sketching and gardening in moderation) with a minimum of discomfort. My back is still delicate and at times still tight, tired and achy, but the disabling pain I once had is gone.”