"I can continue going about my daily life"

Kiran Mohan, a 42-year-old teacher, has had lower back pain for the past seven years.

“My back problems started in 1999 when I developed a severe pain in the heel of one of my feet, which gradually progressed to the other foot. It was incredibly painful and badly affected my walking. It was eventually diagnosed as plantar fasciitis, a condition where the heels and surrounding joints become inflamed. This condition means that I walk with a limp, which in turn kicked off my lower back pain. 

“Because I’m a teacher, I can’t remain seated for most of the day to take the weight off my feet. This can make the problem much worse. My doctor recommended a lower back exercise class, which was a six-week course of relevant exercises. It helped, and I found that the exercises gave me some relief. But over the years I’ve also privately seen an osteopath, had acupuncture and tried Pilates. Because of my limping, I’ve also had a couple of falls, which have caused whiplash and made my lower back pain much worse.

“In 2002, after trying just about everything, I started to see a chiropractor. Since doing so I have seen a significant improvement. Unfortunately, my everyday activities mean that I can’t rest as much as I would like. No doubt this affects the rate of my recovery. Chiropractic treatment has certainly improved my quality of life and, with a few treatments along the way, I can continue going about my daily life.”

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