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Maria T. Gentile, D.O.

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Treatment of Pain and Injury


K.B. was 41 years old when she came to the office with severe low back pain resulting from a bulging disk in the lumbosacral spine.  Upon examination, she was found to have a twist in her tailbone and flattening of the diaphragm.  Release of her diaphragm along with gentle adjustment of the spine, pelvis and tailbone led to considerable relief of her pain.  Her pain control was maintained with six weekly treatments in combination with a very short course of medication and 1 month of physical therapy.  She has remained pain free for the past 6 months.

E.M. was 46 years old when she came to see me with Lymphedema after a mastectomy for Stage II breast cancer.  She was found to have congestion and swelling in the left upper ribcage and a large strain in the left chest extending to the upper back. With lymphatic techniques and general osteopathic treatment, the swelling in this patient's arm was significantly reduced. Monthly visits for a year kept the swelling at a minimum.

C.G. was  56 years old when he came to see me with a diagnosis of atypical facial pain.  This had started 8 years prior after a fall from scaffolding onto the top of his head.  He had been to several doctors without any relief.  He described his facial pain as debilitating.  On examination he was found to have both a cranial and a pelvic strain.   Weekly treatments for 5 weeks, helped to alleviate his pain and resolve the strain patterns seen on the initial visit.  He now comes in monthly for maintenance treatment, but soon will be moved to quarterly appointments.  

D.M. was 27 years old when he was seen in the hospital 4 days after a surgical removal of part of his skull to treat head trauma with bleeding in the brain.  He was unable to speak.  Examination showed him to have marked swelling of the left cranium and fluid congestion of the cranial membranes with a strain pattern reaching into the left neck and upper chest.  This patient was treated on 3 consecutive days.  There was a notable decrease in both the congestion and strain pattern with OMT.  By the third day, the patient was also able to speak again.

J.M. was 13 years old when I saw him in the hospital with a case of facial shingles.  Cranial examination showed a great deal of swelling over the right front cranial bones, a cranial membrane strain, fluid congestion of the upper ribcage and decreased motion of the tailbone.  He was treated for three consecutive days with OMT and antiviral medications, over which time his herpetic lesions progressively dried and healed with 50% complete clearing.

D.M. was 9 years old  when she was brought in by her mother for the treatment of low back pain she'd had for 3 months.  She was found to have a mild lateral curve or scoliosis, confirmed by X-ray imaging. She also had a strain in her pelvis which added to the problem.  Three monthly treatments combined with home-exercises relieved this patients back pain.

M.K. was 9 months old when his mother first brought him in.  He had Down Syndrome and was having 90-100 drop seizures per day.  He had an uncomplicated birth. Examination showed marked restriction of the base of the skull and restricted mobility of the tailbone.  By the second weekly visit, the number of drop seizures decreased.  This trend continued until he reached a plateau of 15-25 seizures per day.  This was maintained, without medication, over the course of 9 monthly visits.

J.T. was  53 years old when she came to see me for right buttock pain.  On examination she had a lumbosacral strain and pelvic twist but her pain resolved after 2 treatments.  However, she returned after 2 months complaining of the same symptoms.  Her examination showed a similar pattern as the first visit.  When asked what had happened recently, she told me she had developed this pain after a rare visit from her mother.  I said, "So what you're telling me is that your mother is a literal pain in the ___."  The patient began to cry, told me about her poor relationship with her emotionally abusive mother and her tissues began to soften allowing freedom of motion and fluid mobility to return to the area.  Her symptoms completely resolved after this treatment.


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