Leg Pain / Low Back Pain

For a number of years I had been suffering from lower back pain that was extending down into my buttocks. This pain was affecting my job, recreational time, and my overall morale. I was walking hunched over and with a slight limp at times and there were even days that it pained me to tie my shoes or step into the shower. Various doctors suggested everything from sleeping with a pillow between my knees to pain killers all the way to surgery. My current doctor told me that I might want to try a chiropractor before going the surgery route and around the same time, my friend Larry suggested Dr. Kiefat at Heartland Clinic. I took advantage of one of the clinics specials and within a matter of days I not only had x-rays showing my condition, I had real answers to my questions. With these answers, there were real solutions. Through treatment and home rehabilitation I was soon walking straight (my wife said I looked taller) and feeling better. I could get a good nights rest and thus my overall morale was greatly improved.Recently, I told Dr. Kiefat how I had been visiting various doctors regarding a recurring chest pain I had been having. Every doctor I visited said they could find no problem with my heart. I would have these unpleasant pains if I sat in a car too long or in one of the hard seats at the hockey game for a period of time. These pains brought on bad thoughts because of their origin location. I was growing frustrated with the lack of answers. Dr. Kiefat began treating my neck and I am happy to say that in the last month I cannot remember one time that my chest hurt.I cannot put into words how happy I have been with the professional and kind treatment that Heartland Clinic has shown me. I fully endorse this clinic and urge anyone experiencing problems to at least make an initial visit and find out if that strange pain you might be having can be treated! Randy Richards

For several months I had been feeling a lot of pain when walking, my knees were hurting and I had developed a very sore spot on the top of my right foot. It was making it very difficult to walk for any length of time. After much consideration as to whether I should see a chiropractor or a medical doctor, I decided to see Dr. Kiefat to see if he could help with the pain. Dr. Kiefat then took x-rays and discovered my one hip was much higher than the other. He prescribed a course of treatment and four months later I am almost pain free and I am walking very well again. Even the sore spot on the top of my foot has gone away! Nancy Arvidson

When I just came to Dr. Kiefat in October, I could barely put one foot in front of the other, I had to use a walker. I had over taxed myself moving. The pain was so severe I was taking 3 ibuprofens and 1 extra strength Tylenol every 4 hours.

I went to my medical doctor and he referred me to P.T. for ultrasound, after 2 treatments I was referred to Dr. Kiefat. Dr. Kiefat x-rayed me and scanned to be sure what was wrong, before he started my treatment. After the second treatment, there was much improvement.

I had severe numbness in my left arm, that I attributed to a mastectomy I had 8 years ago and just accepted that. But, after my third visit, I woke up in the morning and my arm felt itchy, I scratched and could feel it. What an amazing feeling, after so long! I was called in to my Pulmonologist for a regular check up, which I had done for the last two years to test lung function. I was on oxygen at night for one year, used two inhalers, and also a C.pap machine for nights. He tested my lungs again with a peak volume test and I was so much improved. I am now on one inhaler and able to use the cross trainer 30 min. a day without any discomfort. Dr. Kiefat said the pinched nerve in my spine was causing arm numbness and shortness of breath. After 90 days of treatment, I have no pain, breathing is great, and I can’t thank Dr. Kiefat and his staff enough for the Great care! I intend to follow up with treatment as long as it is needed. Thelma Martin

Breaker, Breaker, 1 9, 10-4 Good Buddy this is the Wolf Man speaking at you on this channel. The Doc says I should say a few words to you. Well, I guess from that intro you know that I drive a truck for a living.For most of my life, I didn’t even know that I had a back much less that it could hurt. But, the past few years I had an occasional adjustment. The past December the adjustment I had from another chiropractor caused me a lot of sciatic pain and neck pain. The following adjustment only added to the pain I was already experiencing.I was referred to Dr. Kiefat by a massage therapist and mutual friend and started on the road to recovery in March 2009. I had never had a scan of my back nor an x-ray, which revealed several problems. A few weeks into therapy I fell at work which was a set back. On May 4, 2009 my father died in an accident, so I didn’t have any therapy that week, another little set back in my recovery.Three weeks ago the Doc asked me to write this account of my journey but, I hesitated due to the fact that I still had pain in my neck and nerve pain in my shoulder. Since then, with a few more adjustments and some exercise I’ve come to a place of being pain free. I’ve been driving that truck some 70 plus hours a week for the past 5 weeks. For me to be pain free at the end of that ordeal is unbelievable.Dr. Kiefat and the staff are very caring and loving people and I praise the Lord for his leading me and my wife to a road of recovery at Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic. Larry Wheeler

The following information will describe the very positive experience I had with Dr. Daniel Kiefat at the Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic in Grand Forks, North Dakota.I am a retired teacher and retired farmer. I have had some back trouble over the years, but nothing really serious. However, in late Sept. 2007, I was visiting my mother and simply sat down on her soft couch. I felt an electrical type sensation in my lower back and it also felt like a couple of marbles rolling in that area of my spine. Within a couple of days, not only was my lower back giving me serious pain, but I felt pain down my left leg all the way to my foot. I suspected that I had a pinched sciatic nerve. The pain got so severe that whenever I would get out of bed, I absolutely could not begin immediately to walk. I had to wait for a minute or so…only then could I move, and when I did so the pain in my leg and back was excruciating.I knew that I had to get help somewhere, so I called Dr. Kiefat’s office and I was fortunate to get an appointment the very next day. Dr. Kiefat took x-rays of my back and neck and thoroughly explained to me what he would do. After my very first treatment/adjustment, my pain diminished. I continued having treatments, did the recommended exercises at home, and got totally to the point where there was no pain at all. Before ever starting my treatments with Dr. Kiefat and his staff, I thought surgery would be the only way for me to receive help..I want to express my appreciation and sincere thanks to Dr. Kiefat and his entire staff for the kind and professional treatment I received with each appointment I had. I would enthusiastically recommend Dr. Kiefat and Heartland Clinic to anyone with a need for chiropractic services. Leslie Sundby

It all started about 5 years ago, having lower back pain and pain down my right leg constantly. I had headaches many nights causing sleepless nights. I was getting up 3 to 4 times a night to walk around to ease the pain in my back and leg. In the past 5 years I have seen my local doctor who gave me pill that didn’t help with the pain, a physical therapist who did what they could but there was no change, and yet another doctor who gave me 4 epidural injection into by back with each only relieving me of pain for only 2 or 3 weeks. Lastly, I saw a specialist in Fargo who told me that not much more could be done for me other than back surgery but he also said that back surgery does not always take care of the back problems. After a lot of prayers and help from my guardian angel, my cousin Don came by my place and told me about Dr. Kiefat and how he had made a difference with his back. Thanks to Don’s suggestion to see Dr. Kiefat, I found the results I needed. It is great to be able to sit, sleep and even travel without back and leg pain. On top of all of that, I have no more headaches!!!I am so grateful to Dr. Kiefat and his staff for the wonderful care I received! It has been years since I have felt this good! I would recommend anyone with health problems such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, spasms etc., to come to Dr. Kiefat’s clinic. Find out if he can help make your life easier to live. Thank you and God bless to Dr. Kiefat and the girls on staff. I give my love and appreciation for all you have done for me. I will be forever grateful to you. Kathy Steenerson

Where do I begin, since retirement July 2008, I have had more aches and pains that wouldn’t go away but actually kept getting worse. After almost 30 years as a cosmetologist, it takes a toll on the body. I worked with the Physical Therapists at the Rehab, had an MRI on my knee and cortizone shots in my knee and shoulder. I also had worked out on the machines to strengthen my body - especially, my left leg which I had pulled the ham string really bad in February 2007, ( I had slipped in my kitchen). While I was working out on the machines, my sciatic nerve went out on me and I could barely walk, I had to use a walker. I made an appointment with my massage therapist/friend, JoAnn Cory. She did her best to help me but referred me to Dr. Kiefat whom she thought could help. I called the Heartland Clinic as soon as I got home and I got in almost immediately. As I had said, I was using a walker when I went to Dr. Kiefat and had to for awhile. Gradually, he got my sciatic working right, my back straightened out, my left knee is pain free, and he is working on my right shoulder. This is all since the end of March 2009.I realize now that I had worked when I was in lots of pain and did not listen to my body. I highly recommend Dr. Kiefat. He has helped me so much and has prevented me from having surgery. I am forever grateful. Carolyn Tangen .

When I first came to see Dr. Kiefat I was in a lot of pain. I had low back pain for 20 years and the pain worsened until I couldn’t do anything without pain and muscle spasms going down my right leg to the knee. I had been to medical doctors, physical therapists, and rehab treatments, but nothing seemed to help, so I thought I would give chiropractic a try.After treatment by Dr. Kiefat I no longer experience the pain or muscle spasms into my leg! The pain that used to be in my low back is much improved, if there at all. It’s GREAT! Dr. Kiefat has done wonders in helping me. Thanks! Betty Laturnus

Following a lifting injury at work I was suffering from low back and sciatic pain along with weak legs, which caused me to have problems while walking. Sometimes the pain would be so severe it would drop me to my knees. Everything I did caused pain. I was told by my company to go to physical therapy, but after a month of no results I requested to be referred to Dr. Kiefat by my medical doctor.  After the first treatment I could feel the difference! Since following Dr. Kiefat’s health plan I no longer feel any pain or discomfort in my low back, and I have no problems walking! I now feel back to normal thanks to Dr. Kiefat’s Chiropractic treatment. Gary Anderson

For about 3 months I had been experiencing numbness in the toes of my right foot. I was becoming concerned that this would progress and lead to vascular problems in my foot, eventually leading to amputation. Towards the end of the 3 months I started to get numbness into my left foot as well, and I knew it was time to get some help.When I started treatment with Dr. Kiefat he explained the cause of the numbness was likely coming from my low back. The care I received at The Heartland Clinic has helped me, and the numbness no longer bothers me! Now I don’t worry about the complications anymore! Veronica Gregiore

I had been experiencing back, shoulder and leg pains for years. After trying several other chiropractors, I had mostly given up on any relief from the constant aches and pains, mainly the “shooters” in my left leg, which where at least 20-25 per day. I read Dr. Kiefat’s ad in the paper and decided to give it one last try. After several treatments I realized that I had a chance at living virtually pain free again. Thanks to Dr. Kiefat, I am able to do normal things again without pain. It worked for me, and I am sure it will work for you. Leslie Winther

When I came to Dr. Kiefat, my neck, shoulders, hip, knee and leg pain was very intense. The last few months have been very painful. With Dr. Kiefat’s very good help and patience, I have felt a lot better and have been able to move my neck, shoulder and leg a lot more than I thought I could without the pain.I would and have recommended everyone that I know to Dr. Kiefat. Merle Lind

I had been experiencing back, shoulder and leg pains for years. After trying several other chiropractors, I had mostly given up on any relief from the constant aches and pains, mainly the “shooters” in my left leg, which where at least 20-25 per day. I read Dr. Kiefat’s ad in the paper and decided to give it one last try. After several treatments I realized that I had a chance at living virtually pain free again. Thanks to Dr. Kiefat, I am able to do normal things again without pain. It worked for me, and I am sure it will work for you. Leslie Winther

I would like to take this time to thank Dr. Kiefat and his staff at Heartland Clinic in making my life a lot more enjoyable. When I first saw Dr. Kiefat he sat down and took the time to really show me step by step what was going on with me. On my first visit I was experiencing severe shooting pains down both legs and middle back. It was very hard getting through the day without taking some kind of pain medication. Thanks to Dr. Kiefat I get through my day almost pain free. I’m very happy with my progress. Thank you one again. Rick F.

I am fifty-four years old and have degenerative disc disease, which has caused severe pain in my groin and leg. I also have arthritis. The mornings were always the worst due to pain and stiffness in my joints. My one hip is 33mm. shorter than the other which has caused me to limp while walking. Just getting in and out of the bed, brushing my teeth, or sitting in a chair took a lot of effort. To walk straight was almost impossible due to the pain. I have seen medical doctors and physical therapists with no relief. After three months of treatment I now can walk and I am almost pain free. I can now turn my head, which I have not been able to do in years. I am feeling more energetic and do not feel so tired all the time. I highly recommend Dr. Kiefat. William Deitz

My name is Glen Gunnarson. I am 80 years old and have been a farmer all of my life. I have done a lot of hard work. I have done many strenuous jobs associated with farming including lifting and shoveling in years past. I have also had my share of back problems na d have been to several chiropractors to get some relief. Last spring, my back became sore, which affected my leg and foot. The pain from my back went down my right leg making it difficult to walk and caused my foot to flop. I was even tripping more often due to loss of control in my foot. I struggled through spring work and noticed Dr. Kiefat had an ad in the paper for a new patient consultation and x-ray for twenty dollars and called to see if he could help me. Dr. Kiefat found I had some pinched nerves in my back that causing my problems. I starting taking treatments and after the first two to three weeks my leg showed much improvement. I liked Dr. Kiefat’s explanation of my problem and how it can be helped. I continue to take treatments and hope to be almost pain in a few weeks. He also has a couple of nice gals helping him. Glen Gunnarson

About 15 years ago, my husband and I were in a car accident; as a result I fractured my back and was hospitalized for 7 days. After physical therapy and bed rest for the next 3 months, I experienced much lower back pain and just doing routine household jobs, like vacuuming and washing dishes caused pain. Although the pain lessened over time, my back never completely healed itself. Nine years later, after getting down off a tall kitchen chair, I felt an intense stabbing pain in my upper right leg. The slightest movement caused me to scream in pain. Over the years, the pain was getting progressively worse. It was getting hard to get in and out of a car and even walking was causing me to double over in pain. I could not ignore this problem any more or I would end up in a wheelchair. Another couple I met though my daughter, recommended Dr. Kiefat. By this time, I could hardly walk. After 6 weeks of treatments, I have experienced great relief from the pain. I now feel like as normal person again.

Special thanks to Dr. Kiefat for his wonderful gift of helping people through chiropractics, and to God for guidance and strength during this time. One thing I learned is -Do Not Ignore Your Pain- pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.! I will continue to receive treatments at the Heartland Clinic to maintain my present condition. Thanks again Dr. Kiefat and to your wonderful staff too! You have been a great blessing to me. Paula Reinhardt