Double-Duty Therapy

Treatment effective on nerves and muscles.

One afternoon in October 2016, Indiana native Randy Millikan was walking in the living room of his Port St. Lucie home when his knees suddenly gave out, and he collapsed to the floor. To him, the weakness in his knees seemed to radiate from the long-time low back problem he suffered that turned severe earlier that year.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Today, Randy can stand in his garage without fear of falling.

“I had pain in my lower back, and it spread down to my legs and knees,” he relates. “Around August, I felt my legs getting weaker and hurting. I’ve had the back pain for years, but it never got so bad my legs became weak. I got the feeling I couldn’t lift up my legs, and in October, my knees started popping out.
“I’ve had diabetes for about fifteen years, and I started getting diabetic neuropathy pain as long as ten years ago. It would come and go, and I’d just deal with it. I’d get numbness and tingling from the neuropathy, but it wasn’t until 2016 that it got very painful and I started losing muscle strength.”
As it turned out, that fall in October 2016 was the first of many falls Randy would suffer over the course of the next year. During that time, he fell in parking lots, going into restaurants, going shopping. His weakness got so bad that his daughter, who works in the medical field, got a walker to assist him.
“I was stuck using that walker for a year and a half,” he shares. “I hated losing my independence. My daughter had to take me to the grocery store. I used the riding carts in the store while my daughter walked with me.
“I couldn’t drive my car. With the neuropathy, I had numbness in my feet, so I couldn’t tell if my foot was on the gas pedal or the brake. I couldn’t use my boat, which is my greatest pleasure, because the motion of the water would make me lose my balance and fall. I couldn’t even take out the trash by myself.”
When Randy started looking for answers, he went first to his primary care physician, who sent him to several specialists. Among them was an orthopedic surgeon, a cardiac surgeon, a pain management physician and a neurologist. It was the neurologist who determined Randy had a disease related to his neuropathy called diabetic myelopathy.
The symptoms associated with diabetic myelopathy are similar to those experienced by people suffering from neuropathy. In both cases, sufferers complain of constant throbbing or burning pain, tingling in the legs and feet and muscle weakness or paralysis. The difference is that myelopathy affects muscle tissue, whereas neuropathy affects nerves.
“I was a basket case,” states Randy. “I couldn’t sleep. On a scale of one to ten, my pain level was always about an eight. I started searching for a way to get my legs back.”
Randy’s search ended in the fall of 2017 after he saw a copy of Florida Health Care News on a table in the waiting area of his lab technician daughter’s office. In that copy, Randy read an article about the exciting treatment protocol for neuropathy being used by Charles A. Simpson, DC, founder of Simpson Advanced Chiropractic & Medical Center.
“After I read the article, I made an appointment at Simpson Medical Center,” notes Randy. “I went by myself and literally crawled in there with my walker. I could barely move. I met with two doctors and asked them if they could help me. I was looking for any hope.”

Disc Decompression

When Randy arrived at Simpson Advanced Chiropractic & Medical Center, he was given a thorough evaluation. Through imaging, Dr. Simpson found that in addition to myelopathy, Randy had several compressed spinal discs, which were contributing to the severe pain radiating into his legs. He also discovered that Randy was suffering from degenerative disc disease, sciatica and spinal instability.
“We created a complete plan of care to address Randy’s complex condition,” notes Dr. Simpson. “We started off by stabilizing his spine through general chiropractic treatments. Then we used a specialized decompression table that opens up the disc space and rehydrates the disc to allow the nerves to flow freely from the spine to the legs.
“This is necessary because once the nerves are compromised from the compressed discs, the muscles of the arms and legs are not being stimulated with nerve impulses, causing pain and weakness. That is where loss of balance and falls come in. We then have to open up the nerve space to restore nerve flow to those muscles. We start treatment from the core and build out from there.”

“I’m really grateful for Dr. Simpson and his staff at Simpson Advanced Chiropractic and Medical Center. They gave me back my legs!” -Randy

Dr. Simpson also used his breakthrough protocol for neuropathy, called the Neuro Spinal Care Treatment Protocol, for Randy because of the severity of his pain.
“One of the modalities of this protocol is cold laser therapy, which is advanced light therapy that helps cells heal quicker and stronger as damaged tissue is replaced with new cells,” observes Dr. Simpson. “Once healthy cells are there, they can reproduce more healthy cells, and the cycle of pain is broken.”
Getting the tissue to heal is Dr. Simpson’s first goal. That gets the environment ready for the active therapies, such as exercise and physical therapy.
“Once Randy was ready, we brought him over to physical therapy to stabilize his core and strengthen his muscles,” he says. “This allows the treatment to be more long lasting.
“Our treatment plan for people with neuropathy and complex conditions is to first diagnose, then stabilize and strengthen, which allows them to live normal lives. The Neuro Spinal Care Treatment Protocol combines general chiropractic with advanced technology. It enables us to treat severe conditions like Randy’s at our clinic.”

Regaining Independence

Using Dr. Simpson’s unique protocol, Randy was able to make tremendous progress in reaching his goal of getting back on his feet. Randy remains on a monthly maintenance program to further that progress.
“With the services I received at Simpson Medical Center, my pain started to alleviate,” he reports. “I noticed it beginning to diminish after the fourth or fifth treatment. Now, I have a normal life as far as pain is concerned. While it never completely goes away, it now generally runs around a two instead of an eight.
“Exercise also helped. After seeing Dr. Simpson, I began doing physical therapy three times a week and going to the gym four times a week. The combination gave me the muscle strength to get back to normal.”
Normal for Randy includes regaining his independence and returning to his former lifestyle. With the treatment he received at Simpson Advanced Chiropractic & Medical Center, he’s achieved both.
“Today, I can walk without using the walker or even a cane,” marvels Randy, “and I’m pretty much back to doing the activities I did before the disease.
“I’m able to take the boat out, drive and walk with my grandkids to the park, which I’ve always enjoyed. I can also stand in my garage and work on my projects. I’d say I’m ninety-five percent back to where I was before the myelopathy hit.
“I’m really grateful for Dr. Simpson and his staff at Simpson Advanced Chiropractic and Medical Center. They gave me back my legs!”

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