My Patient Leah's Story: Spinal Surgery and Chiropractic

Sometimes, surgery is a much-needed form a care for a patient. In my patient Leah's case, when a severe spinal curvature rapidly developed, surgery was just what she needed. I came in with the pre and post-operative supportive holistic chiropractic care. Since Leah's mom Tiffany was kind enough to write up a narrative of their experiences, I will simply post her write-up and let that do the talking! I have also included photos of a recent post-operative treatment. Many times, people will ask me if I can work on someone who has had a spinal surgery. Here is proof of: yes! Here is my patient Leah's case: 

From Tiffany:

Dr. Amanda has helped our family's wellness in many ways in the past five or so years that we've known her. In our daughter's case, she correctly diagnosed and ended the severe eczema that Leah had since she was a baby...after it baffled our allergist and dermatologist. But the past few years have tried Leah, and us, in ways that we never saw coming. It would have been unimaginably harder for us without Dr. Amanda's help.

About four years ago, at Leah's first visit at Synergy, Dr. Amanda had our daughter walk and move in ways that gave us a different view of her little nine year-old body. Before Dr. Amanda ever touched her body, she - and we - saw an asymmetry in Leah that no one had ever detected. The touch-your-toes test at Leah's annual pediatric visit never revealed Leah's progressing scoliosis - but Amanda did, without even touching her. An orthopedic x-ray showed a 20-degree spinal curve...not quite enough to warrant bracing.

Amanda adjusted Leah regularly to manage and minimize Leah's curve and its asymmetrical domino effect on her body. Incredibly, Leah's scoliosis and treatments caused her no pain or limitations. Leah's treatments kept her curve outwardly invisible, imperceptible to us even at the swimming pool and in her competitive soccer league. We never saw it coming when an out-of-curiosity x-ray in October 2018 showed a 60-degree curve. Leah had completely skipped the window for bracing and required spinal fusion of eleven vertebrae to straighten her curve.

None of us will forget that appointment when the orthopedic surgeon showed us the films and broke the news. In typical fashion, Leah was intrepid. Her response, "We'll schedule the surgery so we don't miss our winter-break travel, summer-break travel or spring soccer. But let's do it as soon as we can." It happened on January 15, 2019. Leah grew 2 inches that day as the hours-long surgery straightened her spine with titanium rods and screws, from just below her collarbone to just above her hips. The mobility saved in her neck and waist was one of many blessings we counted. 

None of us want to remember the first month of recovery, but she was back at school after eight weeks post-op and on the soccer field in ten. Amanda was able to treat Leah while she was still healing and has continued to since. Now-teenage Leah's only complaint: "I wish I could slouch again." She also doesn't like her mom's efforts to stick kitchen magnets on her back.

Life throws all kinds of surprises - curves - at us. Even the strongest of us can't make it alone. The right team makes all things possible. There's a reason that 'assists' statistics are important in sports. We can't imagine getting through this without Dr. Amanda on our team. No matter what surprises might lie ahead, you can bet we'll be sticking together.