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SPINAL CHAMPION, TOM, PRESENTS DR. SCHULER WITH A TOKEN OF HIS GRATITUDE

Tom was recently in our office and presented Dr. Schuler with a metal artwork piece that says “You’ve Got My Back” and has the We’ve Got Your Back Race For Spinal Health logo. Tom shared that he is feeling great and most importantly PAIN FREE. He was inspired to create this artwork after he himself [...]


TRUE STORY: AFTER UNDERGOING A TLIF, SUSAN SHARES HER REMARKABLE RECOVERY ON BEING PAIN FREE AND BACK TO THE LIFE SHE LOVES

True Story: In the winter of 2004 I was skiing off trail on a very steep terrain when I hit ice, which sent me tumbling backwards down the mountain and eventually hitting a small tree.  I was airlifted off the mountain and treated for injuries to my chest and a concussion. When I returned home [...]


TRUE STORY: FRANCIS IS BACK TO FISHING AND THE LIFE HE LOVES

Francis recently came in for a follow-up appointment about four months post spinal fusion surgery. When his back pain got in the way of daily activities and hobbies that he enjoyed, he came to the Virginia Spine Institute. His main objective when overcoming his back pain was to get back out onto his boat and [...]


TRUE STORY: OLYMPIAN CYCLIST, GIDDEON MASSIE, SHARES HIS JOURNEY ON CONQUERING BACK PAIN TO GET BACK TO HIS COMPETITIVE & ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

True Story: The first symptom I experienced was a laser sharp pain just above the side of my left glute whenever I would bend my torso, even slightly to the left. Shortly following, I woke up one morning with “drop foot”, or the inability to dorsiflex (bend) my left foot. A motor skill we take [...]


TRUE STORY: AFTER THREE FAILED BACK SURGERIES, TOM FOUND VSI AND IS NOW BACK TO ENJOYING LIFE

True Story: I had suffered through three failed back surgeries before my primary care physician steered me to the wonderful folks at the Virginia Spine Institute.  Up to that point, no spine surgeon had examined my entire back; they simply examined the one area that was hurting at the time. Upon consulting with Dr. Good, [...]


TRUE STORY: JAZMIN UNDERWENT SCOLIOSIS CORRECTION SURGERY AND IS LOOKING FORWARD TO A BRIGHT (PAIN FREE) FUTURE!

True Story I tried not to let my symptoms take to large of a hold on my life. Although I endured stiffness and pain doing things I loved, I carried on through it and did not give it much thought. The first symptoms I felt consisted of pain, starting from my back which continued and [...]


TRUE STORY: EMILY UNDERWENT A LUMBAR FUSION AND IS NOW BACK TO HER ACTIVE LIFESTYLE!

True Story: I am a very active person; my main passions are rock climbing and backpacking. Without a fall or reason, I woke up one morning and had trouble feeling my right foot. I sought physical therapy, though it quickly became apparent it wasn’t helping. The leg pain I experienced turned into back pain, at [...]


TRUE STORY: LINDA CAME TO VSI FOR A SECOND OPINION, UNDERWENT A TLIF AND IS NOW BACK TO ENJOYING HER LIFE

True Story: Prior to back pain, I led a busy lifestyle as a single mom to an eight- year-old daughter and worked full time as a kindergarten teacher. In my spare time, I enjoyed volunteering to assist adults with special needs and staying active by participating in my favorite interests; camping, kayaking, and motorcycling. Then [...]


EXPLORING NEW HORIZONS IN SPINAL TREATMENT: ROBOT-GUIDED SPINE SURGERY

Photo Courtesy of  Mazor Robotics   The goals of modern spinal surgery are to maximize patient function and accelerate a return to a full life.  As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimizing trauma to the body during surgery and expediting a return to function through the use of minimally invasive [...]


TRUE STORY: MARY UNDERWENT A TLIF AND IS NOW BACK TO THE LIFE SHE LOVES

True Story: Over a period of six months, I saw numerous physicians both orthopedic and neurosurgeons discussing my situation. I used to work in medical research and grant funding, so for me (and my back), this was a research project. Along with my many back diagnoses and because of my scoliosis, I was referred to [...]