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Hawthorn Woods Chiropractor | Hawthorn Woods chiropractic care | IL | Chiari Malformation

40 Landover Parkway Suite 2
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047

(847) 550-4812
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Chiari Malformation

Aligned Family Spinal Care | Chiari Malformation in Hawthorn Woods

When I was 6 years old I fell in my schoolyard and came down very hard on the back of my head. At 8 years old I developed very severe migraines that have stayed with me all of my life. When I reached my forties, apart from these terrible headaches, I developed other symptoms--mainly mid back pain and hip pain. I have always had jobs which required a lot of responsibility plus physical demands, so I attributed my discomfort to this. By the time I reached my fifties, I was experiencing many more symptoms including:

  • Dizziness
  • Crawling and tingling sensations on the left side of my body
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Floaters
  • Sinusitis
  • TMJ pain
  • Neck pain and tension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and
  • Worsening of back pain.

In 2002 I had an MRI and I was diagnosed with Chiari 1 malformation (brain stem herniation) with Syrinx (small hole in the spinal cord which was leaking spinal fluid) plus multiple disc herniations and including dislocated discs. WHAT A MESS!

It appeared my only option was Neurosurgery, but I was not guaranteed 100% success if I went that route, so I declined the surgery. Since 2002 I have been in so much pain, I decided I was just going to have to live like this for the rest of my life until I met Dr. Shah.

In May of this year, my husband and I went to a fest in a nearby town. It was there I noticed a petite young lady advertising her chiropractic office. She introduced herself as Dr. Kinjal Shah and began to tell us about Upper Cervical Alignment. I was amazed at the knowledge she had, in particular, she knew all about Chiari and I was convinced she could help me. Both my husband and I had a good feeling about her so I made my first appointment.

After my first alignment I had a real sense of well-being plus I woke up the next morning with absolutely NO hip or thigh pain and have had none since my first alignment. At first, I was in a little discomfort due to the changes in my body alignment, but little by little, as I continued my treatment I started to feel better.


The pressure has been lifted off the brain stem and for the FIRST time in years I have NO HEADACHES!!! Before the pressure build up inside my skull was unbearable, now it's no longer there. Nearly all the popping and clicking of my TMJ has gone and overall I feel much stronger.

This type of chiropractic care (NUCCA) is non-invasive, gentle and very specialized, with an immediate improvement of symptoms. Without a doubt for these reasons I would choose this type of care. I would highly recommend others to Aligned Family Spinal Care.

Dr. Shah ‘s office is very bright, very clean and the waiting time is only a few minutes. Dr. Shah is always very pleasant, patient and very welcoming. I feel very confident under her care because she is very confident in what she does. She is a very knowledgable young lady and very sincere about wanting her patients to get well.

I don't know how to thank you enough Dr. Shah. You truly are a woman of excellence!

~ Marion

Hawthorn Woods Chiropractor | Chiari Malformation. Dr. Kinjal Shah is a Hawthorn Woods Chiropractor.