I first saw Dr. Lockwood in 2009 for what I thought was merely an extremely sore muscle and possible hip misalignment. He realigned the hip and massaged the sore muscle. He also instructed me as to exercises appropriate to help alleviate the pain.
The pain accelerated over the next few weeks, which alerted Dr. Lockwood to the possibility of spinal involvement. He ordered x-rays, which did indicate medical intervention might be required. He recommended I see my physician. While waiting to see the physician I continued seeing Dr. Lockwood who treated the pain with spinal manipulation, exercises and laser treatments. He also recommended I see a medical massage therapist (Tom Gurney) for help with the pain. Ultimately I saw the orthopedic physician who said surgery was necessary because of bone spurs and narrowing of the vertebral spaces, and impingement of the sciatic nerve. By this time the pain was excruciating.
After surgery, the nerve impingement no longer existed, but I continued to have pain running down my leg and occurring whenever I walked or stood, which is the nature of spinal stenosis. With Dr. Lockwood’s help and instruction, I learned how to adjust my life to accommodate the condition. I probably asked him a million questions along the way. He answered each and every one. He always explains the procedures used, so I learned a great deal about the workings of the human body. This condition will be with me for the rest of my life. I declined fusion surgery.
I’ve made every effort to continue working out and to follow all recommendations given me during this period. I am living life much as usual, except for various adjustments and different methods of doing some things. I still have work to do in extending the distance I can walk before pain stops me…. I returned to ice skating for the first time in 2 years. It is going well because I paid attention to all the help and instructions Dr. Lockwood gave me during this time.
If it wasn’t for the care, attention and encouragement of Dr. Lockwood (and the massage therapist), I could not have endured the horrible pain as well as I did.
I have referred others to Dr. Lockwood because he will provide them with the same care attention and encouragement he gave me.
The office staff is very efficient and helpful. Patients are always warmly received.