blood clot David Webb Erika Henry

From left, David Webb likely owes his life to Erika Henry, his chiropractor who diagnosed pain and swelling in his leg as a blood clot.

Sandy Springs business owner David Webb is lucky he saw a medical professional about his leg pain when he did, since it may have saved his life.

At first, the 48-year-old Johns Creek resident said he thought the pain in his left calf was caused by him working out rigorously numerous times a week. However, when he mentioned it to his chiropractor, Erika Henry, at The Joint in Sandy Springs in December during his regular stop at her office for an adjustment, it turned out to be much more serious.

Henry needed only one look at his calf, which was red and swollen, to diagnose it as a blood clot in his leg. Blood clots can be life-threatening if they break off and travel to other parts of the body, such as the heart or brain.

When she saw Webb’s calf, she immediately made him cancel his business appointments that day, and he was transported by ambulance to Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

“David’s blood clot area extended from his groin to his calf area and, when I saw it for the first time, a red flag went up and I knew he had to go to the emergency room right then,” Henry said. “The doctors who treated him at the hospital were impressed that a doctor of chiropractic had diagnosed it.”

Now, Webb, owner of SelecSource, a Sandy Springs-based temporary employment firm, is on blood thinners and said the swelling has subsided. Despite there still being a small clot in his leg, his personal physician, Dr. Albert Johary, is not concerned and happy with the treatment.

“I remember massaging my calf before I had gone to see Erika, which is something you should not do with a blood clot, but I had no idea that was what it was,” he said.

According to Henry, the symptoms of a blood clot include redness and swelling in the area of the clot as well as pain and the skin around the area of the clot having little or no elasticity.

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