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Now in my 70s, I have been under Dr. John Vilkelis' care close to ten years. It began with my need for a chiropractor because I had displaced my sacroiliac while hoisting a sail on a schooner in mid-2006. Once that issue was alleviated the majority of my care has been preventive, except for occasional knee or joint pain related to stress and the result of partial cartilege removal many years back. Up to that point, every pain and joint dysfunction was alleviated through his accurate diagnoses and repeat adjustments.
However, the benefit Dr. V.'s giftedness and perseverance really paid off when in early 2013, I suffered cervical nerve damage due to work-related injuries as an administrative office manager. More frequent visits brought about the elimination of pain within three months. My taking Metagenics' ChondroCare prescribed by Dr. V, which strengthened my joints, helped greatly.
In mid-2014, I married my boss, a woman in her early 80s who has suffered from the effects of muscular atrophy in her legs. Unable to walk normally, my wife consistently needs my help. Within the last three months, I have experienced lingering sciatic nerve pain affecting my left side from the lower back down to the foot as a result of carrying heavier-than-usual loads for both of us in my back pack. This condition has prompted irregular movement in my right leg particularly my ankle and foot which in turn caused swelling of the ankle and a much more painful stride. Since I have become my wife's load-bearer, both of us wound up handicapped. Dr. V. once again came to the rescue through his manipulative expertise and electrical stimulation. Within just a couple of weeks, I have regained my normal, painless walking pace.
Dr. V. has blessed me with his ability to "feel" the problem and take the rightful action time and again. I continue to recommend him to people in such need. I am indebted to him for my health, and for enabling me to uphold the daily physical functioning responsibility I have to my wife -- for the rest of her life, and mine.
I am writing this review after about 8 months of seeing Dr. V at least once a week every week. I am writing it almost a year and a half after my life was completely turned upside down from an inexplicable neck injury that left me bedridden for almost a month. For quick background, a little over a year ago I was mid-run when my neck muscles completely gave out and I was unable to hold up my own head. Very scary for a 22 year old who had never had an medical complications, and even scarier when I saw doctors that were telling me I might have a brain tumor, among other complications. After 3 MRI's, multiple blood exams, anxiety exams, and any other possible exam a doctor could give me I was diagnosed with Sposmadic Torticollis. I was recommended Botox by a neurologist as my case was apparently unable to naturally be fixed, so after 2 rounds of botox injections I very temporarily "fixed" the problem, moved to New York with a new job and was ready for a new chapter. Unfortunately about 3 months after botox, I was again unable to fully control my neck, always had to use the assistance of my hand to hold up my head while walking, and finally my parents realized it was time for me to seek other treatment.
I found Dr. Vilkelis on ZocDoc and after reading good reviews and went in for a consultation. He listened to every detail of my situation, gave potential scenarios of what my case could be, but did not fully determine my treatment plan until I received my X-rays. Finally he concluded that I have severe spin curvature which was causing the abnormal behavior of my neck muscles. Thus, Dr. Vilkelis presented me with a treatment plan. He didn't make any false promises and told me my case would take longer than most, but did promise he was very hopeful that I could find relief. At first I was skeptical, but I sit here today at work after going on a run for the first time in over a year. I am almost 97% recovered, and I could not be more grateful for Dr. Vilkelis for the adjustments he gave my spin and his trigger point therapy that really helped my muscles take in those adjustments. I got my life back thanks to Dr. Vilkelis and I really do hope my review will help bring relief to someone who might be suffering the same conditions as I was!
I am writing this to thank Dr. Vilkelis for improving my quality of life. I came to him with constant pain and after a few months those symptoms are gone. This stuff really works and I can attest to that. Thanks again!
I have played sports since I was six. I currently attend the King's College located in Manhattan. I play both soccer and basketball for my school. During the fall of my junior year I started having spells of dizziness and vertigo. It got to the point where I couldn't play; I couldn't work out; I could barely even walk down the street. My vision was blurry – I couldn't even carry on a conversation without getting nauseous. I went to multiple specialists, from a neurologist to an all- natural dietitian, and no one could tell me what was wrong. They only suggested possibilities and treatments that "might fix the problem." My athletic director referred me to Dr. Vilkelis, and after looking at the x-rays of my back, he knew exactly what the problems were. He prescribed a specialized treatment plan to get me playing again. After the first month, the symptoms had completely disappeared and within the next two to three months I was training again. I owe my current health to Dr. Vilkelis. Without his care I wouldn't be able to function in my daily life today.
Dr. Vilkelis is as good as it gets. I have had numerous back issues over the past 20 years, and all were corrected by chiropractic care. Many years ago, I experienced had back pain due to several "displaced" vertebrae. No Orthopedist or Physical Therapist would say that my vertebrae were not aligned. Finally, after 8 years, a physical therapy assistant, and also an accupuncurist, pointed out that my vertebrae were not aligned. After two years of chiropractic care, all issues were resolved; however, I need periodic "adjustments" at least 5 times per year. Dr. Vilkelis addresses all issues with expertise and care. Dr. Vilkelis is equally adept with the upper, middle and lower back; and is sensitive to muscular issues as well. However, there is no amount of electrical stimulation or ultrasound that will remedy "misaligned" vertebrae; this is something which a chiropractor will treat, and Dr. Vilkelis is as good a chiropractor as you will find.
II'm 31, young and active, and stressed like most New Yorkers. But I could never really explain years of endless, constant pain. After suffering through years of sleepless nights, aches and pains everywhere, joint pain, neck stiffness, migraines, and waking up feeling like I could not possibly get out of bed, I went to every kind of doctor under the sun. I’ve had MRIs, CT scans, sleep studies, x-rays, blood tests, acupuncture, massage, pain killers, etc. etc. I’ve cried. The unexplainable is always the most frustrating. Finally, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, given prescriptions and found some relief. But it didn’t last and I was sick of medication. I have always been a bit weary about chiropractic work. I have been told to steer clear. So I left that as my last possible resort.
So, I really need to say this: When you deal with so much pain that it impedes on your life and happiness, and when someone is able to actually help that go away, there are not enough words that can do that person justice. After my first appointment with Dr. Vilkelis I went home and cried. He asked me about EVERYTHING, took a super long time to explain and listen, and came up with a plan. Never before was someone willing to really SHOW me on my x-rays exactly what needed work and then show me, a few months later, the actual changes his work had done. He didn’t give me some vague idea of what would happen. I had a plan I could count on, with an actual end date, which was important to me. There was something to work towards and to look forward to. I can’t believe I’m saying it, but I have not felt this good in far too long. It makes me emotional to say so! I sincerely feel like I have my life back, as cliché as that sounds. He is ALWAYS available—even through hurricane sandy when he set up at a different location. He is flexible, accommodating, kind, understanding, empathetic, patient. He’s dealt with my unpredictable schedule and has never turned me away. He was the first doctor I’ve seen in my years of practically living in medical centers that was so clear and that made me better after each and every appointment. I could go on for hours. I tell me story to anyone who will listen. I cannot recommend anyone more. THANK YOU, Dr. Vilkelis.