My active, athletic, 12 year old son Nick, was having pain in his ankles and feet when he would run. He wanted to participate in soccer, basketball, track and other sports, but it was just too painful. I took him to a podiatrist and bought him custom-made orthotic inserts for his shoes. He still couldn’t run without severe pain.
My husband saw Pete Egoscue several years ago for an injury he had from running. He was very pleased with the results and suggested we take Nick to San Diego to see if Pete could help him. We called to make an appointment and found out there was an Egoscue clinic in San Jose.
I took Nick for a consultation and he started a series of stretching exercises. Nick’s ankles and feet were feeling better. At this point we were excited about the progress he was making, but had no idea that we were facing a much worse health scare.
Nick’s knees started to hurt and his legs became weak. The pain became so severe he couldn’t put any weight on his legs. At this point my son couldn’t walk. I took him to our pediatrician who ordered blood tests for Leukemia and Rheumatoid Arthritis. She referred us to a rheumatoid specialist who ordered more tests and started Nick on a course of steroids. S he was sure he had arthritis and said he’d have to take medication for the rest of his life.
I took Nick to the lab at Good Samaritan Hospital to have the tests done. I had to push him around in a wheelchair. Nick couldn’t walk and at this point his shoulders had stiffened. He looked like he had Cerebral Palsy.
After leaving the hospital I took Nick to see Oscar at the Egoscue office. He worked with Nick for one hour and Nick was completely free of pain. Nick could not only stand up straight, he could walk and even run! I can only describe it as a miracle. I was so full of emotion watching my son run up and down the hall with a big smile on his face. I just stood there crying. After we left the Egoscue office that afternoon my son (who was in a wheelchair earlier that day) and I went for a walk together. It was amazing!
My husband and I are so thankful we found the Egoscue method for Nick. He is feeling great and pain free.
By the way, all of the blood tests came back negative. Nick doesn’t take any medications. He simply does a series of stretching exercises and is doing great. He’s even trying out for a competition soccer team in a few weeks. He looks forward to playing sports in the coming school year.
We can’t thank Oscar and the Egoscue Method enough for helping Nick get back in the game!