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Ella Frances Shaffer – Back Pain After Surgery Testimonial

Ella Frances Shaffer came to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center because she had been suffering with what she referred to as “severe” pain for years. The pain was a result of two back surgeries, in 2002 and 2003. Ella said, “The pain was so severe, I could hardly function properly to do my chores.” Ella reported that the pain was at a level 8 out of 10 when she started treatment at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. “The pain was so severe it caused me to go into a deep depression. I had no energy to get up out of bed in the morning.”

Before coming to ARC, she had been seen by medical doctors and took pain medications that had little to no effect. Ella had come across an article about ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center that inspired her to seek therapy. After her first treatment, Ella was  thrilled that she could stand up and walk in an upright position.

While receiving treatment at ARC, Ella was given acupuncture with electrical stimulation, moxibustion treatments, physical therapy and massage therapy. After a month of treatments, Ella reported her pain level to be down to a 1 and 0 out of 10. “It has been a drastic change in my lifestyle. I can now do all my chores, clean, cook, go out walking and have dinner out.”

Ella was not only happy with the results of her therapy, but she was also happy with the personal treatment she received from the therapists and acupuncturist. “They were all so helpful, showing concern for my misery. They were so polite and sweet to me!” Ella said that she is completely comfortable referring friends and family to ARC, because she knows they will receive the best possible care and treatment available.

Lori Campbell – Lower Back Pain Testimonial

Lori Campbell came to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center after her husband experienced success with treatment on his shoulder blade pain. Lori had been in pain since 1999 after she had a bone fusion, and had been suffering with lower back and neck pain as a result of scoliosis and degenerative bones.

Since Lori was in such pain, she was unable to do her gardening, housework or walk for any length of time. Her pain would vary in range from a 6 out of 10 to a 10 out of 10. Lori said, “I would spend days in bed from the pain.” Lori had had back surgery, cortisone shots, traditional physical therapy, chiropractic treatments and pain medications before deciding to come to ARC for help.

“I was surprised when I felt results from only the first treatment,” Lori said. While receiving therapy at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center, she had manual therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture with stimulation, acupressure and physical therapy. “After a month’s worth of treatments, I am now going full force. I used to have to lay down every afternoon, and now I don’t have to!” Lori is just thrilled that she has so much more energy now that the pain is gone. “My pain is now a 0 out of 10. I am just amazed at my lower back and how much better it feels!”

Lori was also glad to receive therapy at a place where the therapists were so empathetic toward her pain. She tells all her friends about ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center.

Wayne Free – Neck Pain Testimonial

Wayne Free had been suffering from neck pain for more than five years as the result of a motorcycle accident. At age 44, Wayne was in too much pain to ride a motorcycle, wasn't sleeping well, and found that driving for work was extremely uncomfortable. He sought treatment with an orthopedist,  chiropractor, and traditional physical therapy in the hopes of getting relief. He tried pain medications and epidural shots, all of which supplied only temporary relief.

At a visit with his rheumatologist, it was recommended that he come to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center for treatment. Willing to try anything, Wayne agreed to receive acupuncture and cupping treatments, along with massage and physical therapy. Upon visiting ARC, Wayne felt as though the staff was very helpful, polite and knowledgeable, but most of all encouraging. After a couple of treatments, Wayne was sore, but with the encouragement from ARC's staff and the recommendation from his physician, he persevered.

Wayne's pain is now down from a level 9 out of 10 to a 1, even a 0, out of 10. His range of motion has improved. Wayne is now able to turn his head left and right, making driving for work more comfortable and getting a good night's sleep more common. He even started riding his motorcycle again. He recommends ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center to his coworkers who have back pain.

William Gerlach – Back Pain Testimonial

William Gerlach, a fun loving 63-year old, was unable to walk, move or sleep for nearly three years due to back pain. William was experiencing back spasms up and down his spine. He received six epidural shots and nine facet shots in his back over a three-year period, all of which gave him only temporary relief. Both his primary care doctor and his rheumatologist recommended acupuncture treatments.

Once William's rheumatologist recommended ARC for his acupuncture and physical therapy, he was very hopeful. After only the second treatment, he discontinued using all of his anti-inflammatory and pain medications. William received acupuncture and cupping treatments, as well as physical therapy and massage therapy from ARC.

able to ride again. . .

William is ecstatic that he can lift his leg high enough to get on his motorcycle and go on rides for the first time in a long time. He went for a swim for the first time in three years, and is able to keep up with his wife on walks.

William said that the staff at ARC is very knowledgeable, informative and friendly. He enjoyed the seminar that ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center conducted, and reports that his wife will also seek treatment for leg pain.

Annie Price – Lower Back and Neck Pain Testimonial

Annie Price, an independent, 84-years-young woman, had been suffering from lower back pain for over 30 years. She had also developed severe neck pain and stiffness as the years went on. Along with her severe back pain, Annie was unable to move her neck to the left at all. She was afraid to drive, wasn't sleeping well and  was unable to perform some housecleaning tasks. Annie had spinal injections and also saw a chiropractor, but both treatments gave Annie only temporary relief.

Annie's daughter told her about the success stories she had heard about acupuncture. Annie asked her primary care physician, who  recommended ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. After Annie's first visit, she was sure she had come to the right place. She thought the staff and therapists were very knowledgeable, and she was impressed with their willingness to take time to talk to her, answer all her questions and address her concerns.

While at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center, Annie received acupuncture, acupuncture with stimulation, physical therapy and massage therapy. After a month and a half of therapy, Annie was able to finally move her neck to left without pain. She is now able to drive more comfortably, can do more housework, and is sleeping better. When she came to ARC, her pain was at a level 9 out of 10. It is now down to a 2 out of 10.

Annie is so excited to finally have her pain under control, without medication, and with a restored faith in the healing powers of acupuncture. Annie tells all her friends her success story, and encourages them to come to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center.

Brenda Strickland – Lower Back Pain Testimonial

Brenda Strickland, a fun-loving 60-year-old female, had been suffering from severe pain in her lower back caused from a curvature in her spine that she had since her late teen years. Brenda was in extreme pain. Her leg would become numb and she would often limp when walking. It was uncomfortable for Brenda to move about, which prevented her from being able to shop, and limited her housework capabilities. Sitting for any extended period e was also painful.

Brenda had three cortisone shots that did not alleviate the pain, and had several experiences with traditional physical therapy that only gave her temporary relief. She had resigned herself to live with the discomfort, until her rheumatologist recommended ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. After her first treatment, Brenda was amazed. She had never had acupuncture before and she was a little skeptical. The only thing that made her somewhat sore her first treatment was the physical therapy.

Along with acupuncture and physical therapy, Brenda also received massage therapy and acupuncture with stimulation. When she first started therapy, she was experiencing pain at a level 9 out of 10. Her pain level is now down to a 2 out of 10. She believes her results are so dramatic because the focus of this treatment is to correct the source of the pain. Brenda is just ecstatic that she can shop for hours, and is now back to doing volunteer work. Brenda is truly encouraged by the results. Because the staff is so knowledgeable, friendly and respectful, she is comfortable recommending ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center to her friends.


Mary Platt – Back Pain Testimonial

Mary Platt, a youthful patient at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center, was unable to perform her everyday household tasks. She had been suffering since 1987 from pain caused by a curvature in her spine. Because she did not want to undergo surgery, she had resigned herself to living with pain.

Mary began to research acupuncture for treatment. After searching online, she found ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. After only four treatments, she felt a significant improvement. Aside from acupuncture, Mary also received massage therapy, physical therapy and exercise.

After 10 treatments, Mary can now resume all her activities, including those that require bending. One weekend, she even worked in her yard for over 2 ½ hours. She was amazed that she didn't have to stop because of pain.

Mary said that the staff at ARC is very knowledgeable, and takes their time giving individualized attention. She is very excited that she no longer has to live with pain. She is also having her husband come to ARC to receive treatment for chronic headaches.


Debra Kerr – Fibromyalgia Testimonial


Debra Kerr, a vibrant 51-year-old woman, had been suffering from fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis for several years. Her pain, in her lower back and left shoulder, was consistently a 7-8 out of 10. Unfortunately, her pain was limiting her from performing simple daily activities such as shopping and housework because she had to rest so frequently.

Debra first sought treatment with her rheumatologist and took pain pills and used hot and cold packs to treat the pain. After that treatment did not give Debra much relief, her rheumatologist recommended ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. She was a little nervous about the acupuncture, but amazed with the relief she felt.

Along with the acupuncture, Debra also received physical therapy, massage therapy and exercise. After 10 visits, her pain has decreased to a 1-2 out of 10. She recently went shopping all day with her mother and played darts with her sons on her birthday.

Debra feels that the staff at ARC is very friendly, concerned and personally involved with her well-being. Debra stated, "They noticed things my family members didn't notice, and I have a close family!" Debra is hoping that her oldest son will seek treatment at Arc for his persistent back problems.

Beverly Powell – Fibromyalgia Testimonial

Beverly Powell, a patient of ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center, had been suffering with swelling and pain all over her body. She had had this condition for over two years. The pain and swelling were associated with her fibromyalgia. When Beverly first came to ARC, she told the therapist that her pain was a 10 out of 10. The pain was so bad that Beverly had trouble functioning with her daily tasks. Sometimes her pain was so bad that it was exhausting just going to the rest room and back. Beverly was unable to get a good night’s sleep, couldn’t walk any distance and couldn’t perform daily chores. Beverly didn’t see any hope for relief.

Before coming to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center, she went to a neurologist, orthopedist, and a general practitioner. All told her it was arthritis. Beverly finally saw a specialist who determined it was arthritis and fibromyalgia. After prescribing various pain killers to no avail, her specialist recommended ARC for physical therapy and acupuncture. Beverly received physical therapy, massage therapy, manual therapy, acupuncture and electrical stimulation from ARC’s therapists.

Reflecting on her treatment, Beverly said, “The therapists eased into my therapy as I felt more relief. It was baby steps at first, but now I can accept more vigorous treatment.” On Beverly’s first visit to ARC, she was in so much pain the therapists could hardly touch her. “After my third treatment, I was already getting some relief, and I started sleeping better than I have in years!”

After eight treatments, Beverly has had almost a week of little to no pain. She has resumed cleaning house and shopping, and has even gone on outings to the beach. Beverly said that these activities were impossible before. “It’s like a miracle. I appreciated even a little relief, but when I had several days without pain, I cried happy tears rather than tears because of excruciating pain.”

Beverly felt as though the staff at ARC were “... very kind and genuinely cared about their patient’s well-being.” She is recommending her sister, who has been suffering with fibromyalgia for 14 years, come to ARC for therapy and relief. “This treatment gives me hope for a better quality of life and the ability to cope.”


Nilda Acevedo – Fibromyalgia Testimonial

Nilda Acevedo, a good-natured and positive-minded, 61-year-old woman, had been suffering with fibromyalgia since 1987. Her fibromyalgia had been causing her pain from head to toe. Nilda also has spurs in her knees, which have caused excruciating pain in her legs. Nilda was unable to do any stationary standing at all, and was taking medication for pain two to three times a week. Nilda also received multiple cortisone shots that had little to no effect, besides causing weight gain.

In 1994, Nilda received physical therapy, but it wasn't effective. She felt as though the therapists didn't give her specific problems enough individualized attention. She again tried physical therapy in 2000, but unfortunately, it didn't give her any relief. Finally, Nilda saw a rheumatologist who recommended physical therapy and acupuncture treatments.

Nilda came to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. She was very impressed with how the therapists took their time to find out where the pain was coming from, and offered her a step-by-step prognosis. Nilda was glad that it was very different from her other failed attempts at physical therapy. While receiving therapy at ARC, Nilda had acupuncture, acupuncture with stimulation, cupping, physical therapy and massage therapy.

After a month of treatment, Nilda is now able to stand stationary for longer periods of time, enabling her to cook and wash dishes. Nilda is just thrilled that she "... hasn't taken any pain killers since the first week of treatment!" Nilda is so happy that the staff at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center is so knowledgeable and gives such excellent care. Nilda has already recommended a friend of hers to ARC, who is now creating their own success story.