Why I do, what I do!
It all began when I transitioned from High School sports to Division 1 Volleyball. I had the privilege of getting recruited by one of the top volleyball programs in the country, and I wanted to prove to everyone that they made a great pick. Suddenly I was playing against some of the best players in the country.
My life became volleyball at least 5 hours a day, from conditioning to practice. I loved every aspect of it, until suddenly one injury led to another and another. First it was my ankles, then my shoulders, my abdominals, my wrists, and stress fractures in my tibia. Strains and sprains were a part of my daily life. How did I get through? Thank you drugs!
I was taking Vioxx (a powerful non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) daily to deal with the pain. It would come to the point where I would beg the medical doctors for them. I did not want to be sidelined because of pain. I would even get the occasional cortisone shot. I was addicted, but it was the only way I would get through my days. I had three loves during my college career, my athletic trainers, ice, and my Vioxx.
In 2003, I graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara with a BS in Physiology. I decided to go back to Puerto Rico, my home country, where volleyball is one of the biggest sports and play professionally. I wanted to play volleyball for a couple more years before I continued with my academic career in medical school. Division 1 Volleyball was nothing compared to this. Now I was getting paid, so the pressure was enormous. I kept doing what I knew how to do, conditioning, practicing, playing, icing and taking my anti-inflammatory medication. I got so hooked that I had to take 1 Vioxx an hour before every match. Until one day at practice, I went down with the worst back pain I have ever felt, and neither ice nor drugs helping.
I was referred to an orthopedists and to a physiatrist. The MRI showed one herniated disc. I went through the cortisone pack, injections, and physical therapy with little success. Playoffs were approaching, and pressure was building up from the teamís manager to get back on the court. Having met a chiropractor through work, but full of skepticism, I decided to give a new brand of medicine a try. The doctor explained how chiropractic helps restore proper function and motion in the spine, relief pressure of the discs, therefore allowing the muscles of the lower back to relax. After one and half weeks, I was back on the court playing and grateful for chiropractic care. It allowed me to play in the playoffs and for the next year without the use of drugs to ease the pain. I knew right away that medical school was in jeopardy.
I started researching and asking about chiropractic education to different doctors in the area. I was amazed at the concept of preventative care, wellness, and the fact that our bodies have the ability to heal themselves with proper care. I decided to forgo medical school and give chiropractic education a chance.
Like most people, I had doubts about chiropractic care at first. However, my mind has been completely changed after experiencing first hand what chiropractic did for me. My health has improved to the point where I rarely get sick and almost never have to take any drugs. Chiropractic care is about a healthy and proactive lifestyle that includes proper fitness, and nutrition.
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In Health and Fitness,
Dr. Jan Carlo Zegarra, DC