My Rehabiilitation Fund
In 1989, I had a physician who was stealing money from Champus and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia. He had misdiagnosed me before sending me to a physical therapist for treatment. In the absence of direction from the doctor, the physical therapist didn't know what to do. The doctor started getting nervous because of his criminal activity, so on May 7, 1989, he abandoned my care and refused to treat me or refer me elsewhere.
At the end of the month, the physical therapist closed his office and I had nowhere to go for treatment. The doctor was later charged with 20 counts of mail fraud and 10 counts of filing false claims, which were filled out in the doctor's handwriting. His medical license was suspended and he was forced to pay back the $220,000.00 he stole from the insurance companies.
The doctor abandoned me because he was so afraid of going to prison that he wasn't in a good enough frame of mind to think straight. He was guilty, and he knew it, but he kept on stealing money from the iinsurance companies. What he didn't know is that I have an orthopaedic problem known as a leg length discrepancy. The problem first disabled me in 1984, and it went undiagnosed for many years.
After the doctor abandoned me, a podiatrist sent me to see another physical therapist, whomI'll refer to as DOM, as in Dirty Old Man. DOM never bothered to follow the podiatrists's instructions for physical therapy. He spent most of his time hitting on a pretty brunette co-worker who wasn't attracted to him, but DOM was too dense to understand that.
In spite of his unprofessionalism, DOM did manage to discover my leg length discrepancy. He measured my legs and correctly found that my right leg is 4/10 of an inch longer than my left leg. After suffering numerous sprained ankles, this was a major breakthrough! Unfortunately, DOM ran his office like it was a convenience store, and because he was always cutting corners, he failed to document my leg length discrepancy in his report to the podiatrist. After my physical therapy was terminated, the podiatrist told me that the records made no mention of a leg length discrepancy.
I then went back to see DOM. i asked him why he hadn't documented my leg length discrepancy. He told me that he has so many patients coming to see him for treatment that he didn't remember measuring my legs or discovering the leg length discrepancy. The long and short of it was that he was such an airhead that he somehow managed to lose the diagnosis.
Leg length discrepancies are relatively easy to correct if treated in a timely manner. However, most physicians spend so much time in front of their computers that, more often than not, it never occurs to them to measure the length of the patient's legs. Sadly, what passes for a medical examination nowadays is little more than an evaluation of the previous doctor's records. Because the diagnosis wasn't documented by DOM, physicians failed to diagnose and treat the leg length discrepancy until 1998, when a 4/10 of an inch buildup was applied to the bottom of my left shoe.
The doctors I saw between 1991 and 1997 never gave me anything more than a superficial examination. When I tried to tell them about DOM's discovery, instead of listening to me, they refused to accept what I tol;d them because I'm not a medical professional. At no time did any of them take the veracity of what I told them seriously, and they never measured the length of my legs. They didn't help me, they just billed me for numerous office visits.
At that time, I had a good medical insurance plan that included dental coverage.. However, because I wasn't physically capable of making it from the parking lot to the dentist's office, my gingivitis went untreated.
By 1991, I had suffered numerous ankle sprains over a span of several years, which caused me to stay off of my feet. Sometimes, I was unable to stand and had to crawl around on the floor, which caused my arms to tighten up. The inactivity caused me to become sedentary, and this caused my leg muscles to tighten up. My arms tighten up, and the arm tightening caused me a great deal of carpal tunnel pain, and my entire body went out of alignment from head to toe.
I also suffered a number of toe sprains which caused a further worsening of my condition. After my hip extensors and psoas muscles tightened up. my lower back collapsed and went out of alignment. This caused my upper back to tighten up also.
While this was going on, i suffered badly sprained middle fingers on both of my hands. Both of the treating physicians failed to put splints on my fingers, and this caused my hands and fingers to tighten up.
This is what is known as a medical catastrophe. After I lost my medical insurance in 1995, the condition worsened.
By 1998, I had developed profound, disabling muscle imbalances in both the distal and proximal musculatures. The need for specialized treatment was obvious, but doctors don't have a way of measuring the length of a muscle, assessing the position of a muscle or examining the relationship between one muscle and another muscle.
The bad news is that mainstream medicine doesn't have a recognized way of assessing or correcting muscle imbalances. The good news is that there is a specialty that treats and successfully corrects muscle imbalances. It's called Rolfing.
Rolfing is a hands-on treatment that lengthens and re-positions the soft tissue. It was developed iby a research chemist named Ida Rolf. During the late 1930s. during the 1940s, chronically disabled people had Rolfing sessions with Dr. Rolf in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Although Rolfing has a long history, most people have never heard of it.
Doctors have made efforts to exclude Rolfers from the American Medical Association. Because of this, insurance companies have dishonestly categorized Rolfing as an "experimental treatment", which means that they won't cover treatment from a certified Rolfer. Private insurance companies, Medicaid, Medicare,, Obamacare and other government subsidies won't pay for Rolfing, even if it is medically necessary. Because of this, the people who need Rolfing the most are the least likely people to actually receive it. The health care system is broken, upside down and out of order.
Rolfing is not an experimental treatment. It works!
Research studies conducted at the University of Maryland prove that Rolfing changes body structure and enhances neurological functioning. Previous research studies on the effects of Rolfing were conducted at UCLA by Dr. Valerie Hunt in 1988. The Hunt studies found that Rolfing created more refined patterns of movement. Dr. Hunt concluded that Rolfing created a more efficient use of the muscles in a gravitational field.
I have a condition that crosses specialties. Although the muscle imbalance was caused by medical malpractice, the leg length discrepancy is an orthopaedic problem, but muscle imbalances are outside of their specialty.
The muscle condition I suffer with has had a major effect on my life's activities. Because of chronic pain and inflammation, I can't sit or stand for long periods of time. Because of back pain, I often have to lie down during the course of the day. if I shake hands with someone, I risk suffering a minor injury. When I go grocery shopping, I have to use a wheelchair. I've had to stop working because of this condition, and not getting treatment has stifled the trajectory of my life.
The prognosis is good if I can get treatment, and Rolfing treatment sessions are medically necessary. Without treatment, I have no future. It's time to reverse and move forward. Without treatment, my condition will eventually develop into a special needs problem that will land me in a nursing home.
Either I will have a normal life or I won't. If I'm going to have a normal life, I'm going to need treatment from a certified Rolfer in order to complete my rehabilitation. I have the potential to make a complete recovery, and that's what I need to do. It's never too late to lengthen the fascia and muscles.
Rolfers can set their own prices and one-hour Rolfing sessions normally cost roughly $150.00. I am requesting donations totaling $100,000.00 over several years to pay for my rehabilitation. Most of this will be used to pay for Rolfing sessions. A tiny portion of this amount will be used to pay for a new pair of running shoes with a 4/10 of an inch buildup applied to the left shoe and repair work on my wheelchair, both of which are currently needed. When i complete my rehabilitation, I won't need my wheelchair anymore, and I'll be glad to get rid of it.
Please donate to my rehabilitation fund.