We value our patients' experience at Portolese Family Chiropractic. If you are currently a chiropractic patient, please feel free to complete the following Client Experience Questionnaire. The Questionnaire is in Adobe Acrobat format, and requires the free Acrobat Reader to view.
Dr. Tammy Portolese
Your Lansdale Chiropractor
A reoccurring neck injury, numbness, and loss of all strength in my dominant hand originally brought me to Dr. Portolese's office. My injury was intermittent since adolescence but had not been severe until recently. I did not take any medication for the condition, for over-the-counter pain relievers were a very temporary fix at best. Since I started my chiropractic treatment with Dr. Portolese, I have noticed that my posture has improved, my hand strength is fully restored, and I've noticed numerous benefits not associated with my initial injury. I am more relaxed, less nervous, have improved strength and I sleep better, too. I also find it easier to work, lift and bend. I've experienced greater results in a shorter time with a more personable and friendly staff than any primary physician's office I've used. This practice has truly provided me with a cure rather than just a temporary treatment. Thanks so much for the great services you provide! ~Brent S., age 25
I was referred to Dr. Portolese by a co-worker because I was experiencing severe pain in my legs during the daytime when I am on them for extended periods (for 12 years) and at nighttime while resting (for 45 years). I also had pain running down the back of my leg since a sledding incident in February, 2007. Since I've been coming to Dr. Portolese, I have stopped taking Celebrex, and I have no pain from the sledding mishap. I definitely sleep better now, and I can now walk without pain. I am so happy to be off Celebrex and that my work day is more bearable now because of less pain, even though I am constantly on my feet! ~ Shirley C., age 59
My wife referred me to Dr. Portolese because I have had a lifetime of back and neck pain (35 years since problems started). I would take Motrin for the pain, but the medicine only offered temporary relief. Since I started treatment with Tammy in 2005, I have seen a marked improvement in my back and neck. In general, I feel stronger and my posture has improved immensely! I am able to ride in a car much easier and lifting heavier objects is no longer a problem. With Dr. Portolese's adjustments and advice, my golf game has really improved, and I have returned to scores in the 70s, which has not happened for many, many years. Thank you, Tammy!
~ Charles S., age 57
I had begun to think it was the beginning of the end for me. An acute case of Plantar Fasciitis had literally sidelined me for the last two years. I was unable to participate in the simplest activity that I am sure many take for granted: that of being able to stand on my own two feet without being in excruciating pain! Countless consultations with different Podiatrists yielded all of the classic solutions and remedies for someone with Plantar Fasciitis: Cortisone shots, resting the feet, icing the feet, heating the feet, exercises for the feet, custom orthotics, night splints and finally expensive and un-reimbursable Shock Wave Therapy. After two years of following all of the doctors' orders and seeing no improvement, it was finally declared that I needed surgery on both feet!
Flashbacks immediately began to surface from all of the conversations I'd had over the last two years with friends, family and primary care physicians-all of whom said, "Never cut your feet if you don't have to!" Considering that the success rate for the proposed surgery carried no better guarantee of success than the Shock Wave Therapy did, I decided there was no way I was going to let any surgeon cut my feet. There had to be an undiscovered problem that was causing my condition.
Unexpectedly, a family friend suggested I contact her Chiropractor, Dr. Tammy Portolese. The appointment was made, the evaluation was done and the diagnosis was that I was subluxated in multiple spots along my spine, meaning that my body was out of alignment! Being careful not to guarantee me that she could fix my feet, Dr. Portolese suggested an aggressive schedule of appointments to treat my condition, and without further ado, I committed to her suggestion.
My first appointment amazed me; this Chiropractor was touching and massaging my feet! In fact, she had touched my feet more in this first appointment than my Podiatrists had in all of my appointments over the past two years!
Within two weeks, I was starting to feel differently; I was finding that I could stand for longer periods of time before being relegated to the easy chair for the rest of the day.
At four weeks, this Doctor had my full attention! Within eight weeks, I was able to make it through a weekend day of chores and shopping, and it has only gotten better from there!
~ Beth H., age 46
A co-worker referred me to Dr. Portolese because I had been experiencing sciatica, shoulder pain and numbness on my right side for many months. Although I had been prescribed steroids, I only felt a little relief. Since I've been under chiropractic care with Dr. Portolese (only 2 weeks), I do not have any more shoulder pain or numbness. Moreover, the lower back pain is gone! I am stronger, more relaxed and alert and I am sleeping better than ever! Many of my daily activities, such as walking, standing, riding, sitting, working, lifting and bending, have become easier. I felt relief from my pain the day after my first visit, and I am ready to do cartwheels! ~Sandra, age 55
I am a 77 year old male who has experienced a lot of back pain for the last 2 and ½ years. Because of the pain, I have been unable to play my favorite sport-golf. A friend of mine, who is a patient of Dr. Portolese, recommended that I go see her for the pain. Other doctors had taken x-rays and had told me to do exercises but nothing helped. I am pleased to tell anyone who reads this letter that after just 2 months of getting adjusted, I am playing golf again and loving it! I cannot thank Dr. Portolese enough for what she has done for me. I feel as though I have been reborn. God Bless her and those like her in the field of Chiropractic Care.
--"Mac" M., age 77
"My name is Alex S. I am nine years old. I've been seeing Dr. Tammy since I was born, and since I was born I have not had any ear infections. I almost always come in with an ache or pain, and every time it's gone by the time I leave. I'm never bored waiting. There are balls that I bounce on almost every time. I like the adjustments, too. It is fun to lie down and explain what and where the pain is."