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Back Pain

Shannon's AFC Story

A chronic pain patient in Phoenix, AZ had broken several bones as a child and wasn't able to exercise at the gym or sit for more than 15 minutes before chiropractic treatment. Shannon now works with AFC Chiropractic to find the cause of the chronic pain and treat the root problem rather than just the symptoms. Shannon is able to stay sitting or active for longer and is relieved to have started losing weight after starting chronic pain treatment.

So I'm Shannon Lank. I've been coming here since October of 2017. When I came in here, my main concern was the fact that I couldn't live my life. Everything hurt. I wasn't standing up straight. I really just couldn't do the basic things without sounding like an 80-year-old person just standing up.

I'd say, for the average person, my pain level was probably about an eight to nine all the way around. I was taking a lot of prescription pain pills to deal with the pain, because when I was younger I was stupid and I broke almost every bone in my lower body. So probably for like the last five years I've had running prescriptions for a number of pain pills. And I hated it because it made me feel gross.

So I came across AFC at a festival in October. I just kind of expected... I don't know what I expected, actually. And when I came in for the consult and they went over everything with me, and then I came back the second time, they laid everything out really nicely for me and made me very aware that they needed to treat what the cause was and not the symptoms, which was the first time that I had ever had a doctor say, "Okay, no matter how long it takes, we're going to figure out what it is."

And, since then, I can't say enough about this place. The overall experience here has been fantastic. The staff is super friendly. It doesn't matter what time... There’ve been a couple of times where I was in super pain and I stopped in and they took me.

Any complaint that I've had, they've listened to me. We've gone through it. We've backtracked the history of it. We've tried to figure things out in a way that just didn't look at the surface things. And it's been fantastic to not be treated like I'm some sort of crazy woman who's seeking pain pills.

The difference between when I started and now is apples to oranges. When I started here in October, I was probably up... had gained enough weight to be upwards of close to 250 again. I wasn't able to go to the gym because my back was so out of whack, so it was problematic.

Now I'm back at the gym three days a week. My weight is down by 25 pounds, simply because I can move. And that's the big thing. I just needed to be able to move. I can bend over. I can sit at my desk and grade papers without having to take breaks every 15 minutes. The things that I can do and my energy level is just amazing. And I couldn't recommend this place more.