Dr. Cate Donaldson, a south Georgia native, graduated cum laude in 1979. She wanted to become a chiropractor to help people who are hurting and have not been able to find a solution. Pain is an early warning system that there is dysfunction. If allowed to continue unaddressed, it may come and go but the dysfunctional aspects can affect other parts of the spine eventually. The usual pattern is, the pain will come and go, increasing in intensity and duration with each episode until finally it comes and does not go away. By then it is common for the body to have degenerative changes in joint commonly known as osteoarthritis which makes quality of life in our middle age and our later years very difficult. The best time to deal with pain is early onset. The longer it goes on, the greater the chance of permanent joint damage. Don't let your pain turn into a disability!