Dr. Yeager’s Story as a Young Patient
I was always very active participating in sports at every opportunity. However, at 12 years of age I experienced low back pain that radiated to my leg. In the 8th grade, I injured my lower back in a fall during a soccer game at school. The timing of this injury was especially inconvenient as I was a first string guard on our school basketball team and was selected to compete in the League’s All-Star game. Unfortunately, this injury prevented me from participating and was a huge disappointment.
My parents took me to my pediatrician who referred me to an orthopedic surgeon and a neurologist. I underwent their exams including x-rays in the standard lying position. They found nothing and could offer no diagnosis. Their prescription was to take aspirin around the clock for 30 days and see if it would relieve the pain and give my body time to heal from the injury. A month later with no improvement in my condition, I returned to the orthopedic surgeon. He re-examined me and concluded he would need to take another x-ray of my spine after injecting radioactive material into my body. He found nothing, still had no diagnosis and his only solution was for me to rest and avoid strenuous physical activity for the summer.
As my high school freshman year began, I saw wrestling season fast approaching and I was still in pain with severe limitations with back movement. The orthopedic surgeon offered no diagnosis, direction or hope for improvement. His response to my continuing pain and movement restrictions was that sometimes it takes a few years! At 13 years of age and just starting high school, resting and avoiding physical activity was not an option for me.
His Chiropractic Experience
From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Yeager experienced a multidisciplinary approach to practicing where we worked with a family physician, a neurologist, and five internists. He has treated and supported many difficult cases such as: