The patient: Kara, a 51-year-old litigator with debilitating neck and shoulder pain.
Why she came to see me: Kara strode into my office with a confidence characteristic to her profession. Within minutes of our consultation, however, she broke down. Three months earlier, she’d begun experiencing neck and shoulder pain. In recent weeks, it had grown so acute she could hardly fasten her bra. She hadn’t been in a car accident or suffered a major injury. As she put it, the persistent pain “seemed to come out of nowhere.” Her primary care physician had prescribed ibuprofen to little effect, and his next suggested step was a steroid shot in the shoulder. Kara was determined to not only discover the root cause of her pain but to also find a natural route to recovery.
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