Dr. Lori Stock

About Dr. Lori Stock

I grew up in the streets of Maryland Heights, MO and graduated from Pattonville High School then enlisted in the United States Air Force. After completing my enlistment, I joined the Missouri Air National Guard with the 131st Fighter Wing at Lambert International Airport. It was during this time that I first experienced the benefits of chiropractic care.

My Chiropractic Story

My story begins with an incentive ride in a fighter aircraft and a slip and fall on the ice. I was always very active with sports while growing up. I had experiences some occasional back injuries from track and field, but had never taken them seriously. I had some low back strains in my previous job as an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force and again, had never taken them seriously either.

My first real issue with my low back began with a ride in an F4 Phantom. Pulling a lot of “G”s, put an incredible amount of pressure on an already repeatedly damaged low back. Then I slipped on the ice, and finished the job. I went to my medical doctor and was given the usual prescription for low back pain (a cocktail of muscle relaxers, pain pills and anti-inflammatories) and was told to “take it easy.”

After 6 weeks of “taking it easy,” I went back to the medical doctor who referred me to a surgeon. The surgical “consult” consisted of the “surgeon” holding the exam room door open with his foot, looking at my x-ray, while saying, “see my receptionist to schedule your surgery, then we’ll talk.” I was only 25, and I didn’t know anyone who was actually better after low back surgery. I had heard of chiropractors, but had never been treated by one, but after this particular doctor’s visit I knew I had nothing to lose.

A friend suggested I try chiropractic. It took several months, but I knew very soon that I was doing the right thing by seeing the chiropractor even though my family and friends thought I may be making the wrong choice.

My first visit with the chiropractor was already different. She actually listened to me and then she performed a very thorough exam and took x-rays of me while I was standing (the position that made my pain worse). She told me I had a herniated disc. After some therapy, I got my first chiropractic adjustment. When it was over, she told me 2 things: I was going to probably be sore, and to “take it easy tonight.” I could already tell that something was different when I walked out of the office. That evening, she called me to see how I was feeling.

At my next visit, we discussed my treatment and how long she thought it would take to get me feeling better. I was already feeling a bit better even after that first visit. After several weeks, my back was “good as new.” I realized something else had happened during my treatment for my low back pain though….. During the time I was being treated for that disc, I began to notice other things about my health. I had been plagued by chronic sinus infections and would get them at least 2 or 3 times a year. I wasn’t getting them anymore. I had also spent years experiencing regular headaches and these were basically gone. I was sleeping better, feeling better and had more energy. In fact, I had energy to play softball again. Oh, and as far as seeing the surgeon’s receptionist to schedule my back surgery? It’s been more than 25 years and I have never had back surgery!

Today, I can say that I have been a teacher of anatomy and physiology to nursing students at St. Charles Community College for years in addition to having a full-time practice at Crosby Chiropractic & Acupuncture since 2012. (I love teaching and it helps me stay “fresh” with regard to the human body and how it works. I enjoy teaching students and sharing knowledge and information). I can be seen sometime in the office giving an impromptu lecture to patients on the body and how things happen.

I am also heavily involved in veterans’ organizations and am currently the chairman of the O’Fallon, MO veterans’ commission. I also belong to AMVETS and the American Legion. In my spare time, I love to bike ride and on just about every Sunday, you’ll find me on the Katy trail. Chiropractic keeps me doing the things I love to do!

My experience with the benefits of chiropractic care made me take a look at how I can help others. So after much soul searching, I decided to change direction in my life and I went to Logan College of Chiropractic. I completed my degree in 2005 and I’ve never looked back. My practice involves everything from sports injuries to degenerative disc issues. I treat patients from 8 days old to 88 years and I treat a variety of conditions, both acute and chronic. I love being able to treat patients from head to toe (headaches to plantar fasciitis)!

My love of sports seemed like a natural fit for treating sports injuries. I especially love baseball/softball. The greatest time in my practice was when I had the honor of being the chiropractor for the River City Rascals for 3 years. Wow! I had the best of both worlds. I treated some very fine young players who went on to the major leagues. I can say, “I knew them when.”

I have always been fascinated with how the body works and I have the type of brain that can mechanically see what is going on, especially with auto accidents. My training as an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force allowed me to serve on several accident investigation boards to understand the physics of forces through the human body. This serves well when treating automobile accidents. How G-forces and change in force directions in collisions affect tissues and how those tissue will remodel after injury.

Probably the most memorable patient I have had the honor of treating, was a man who I served with. He had a neck problem and was facing surgery. His wife made him call me and after we consulted he decided to try chiropractic. He needed an intense treatment plan as his surgery date was only 3 weeks away. I worked with him every day and at the end of those 3 weeks, he had cancelled his surgery. Because his neck will never be 100% (like my back), he is still a patient and he comes in to stay well enough to avoid the operating table of his surgeon.

As my practice has grown, it has become increasingly important for me to help as many patients as I can with whatever they need to heal better. For this reason, I also became licensed to perform acupuncture and I have taken over 300 hours of acupuncture training. Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment for many conditions. With complicated situations, using acupuncture together with chiropractic has resulted in phenomenal results in my practice. I now integrate nutrition into healing in addition to acupuncture and chiropractic.

I can give so many examples that express why I feel as strongly as I do about chiropractic, about my decision to become a chiropractor, and about my decision to make lifetime chiropractic care part of my quality of life. If my story interests you, I invite you to visit with me and discuss your story and we can evaluate I may be able to give you a chiropractic story with a healthier, happier ending.