I found Virginia Spine Institute after years of pain and two other surgeries. Due to the fact that this was a work related injury I was sent to another practice right away and prescribed physical therapy and injections. Nothing worked and my pain kept getting gradually worse. I was on pain medication that I didn’t want to be on and it actually seemed to make the pain worse. I was on this wheel for almost 2 years and had 2 surgeries performed by that practice with my pain getting worse after each surgery. I did not know what to do next!
My pain was so bad I couldn’t work, sleep, or even walk for more than a short time without having major pain in my lower back and legs. I was in pain while resting, let alone walking or any other activity! I was depressed and short-tempered because living with chronic pain will do that to a person. I was the last person that ever got depressed or had a bad word for anyone, especially my family, but chronic pain changes every aspect of your life.
I couldn’t take it anymore, so I started to do a lot of research for the best doctors in the Metro area for spine surgery only. My previous practice was orthopedic, so they handled all things related to the bones. I wanted an expert in the spine. After months of searching I made an appointment with at Virginia Spine Institute and it was the best thing I could have done! I was started on physical therapy and tried many other non-operative treatments before we decided on a third surgery. This was not an easy decision to make but I knew I had to move forward.
My first appointment after my surgery I remember my surgeon asking me how I felt and I just walked over to him and gave him a big hug and thanked him for giving me my life back. I felt no pain for the first time in nearly 3 years! Within 90 days of my surgery I was off all pain medications and beginning to exercise again. One of my favorite hobbies was playing basketball at the gym and within 4 months I was doing just that! I was running again for the first time in 3 years and that was something that I thought I would never do. I remember one instance in which I was playing basketball and got slammed into and knocked to the floor, but I popped right back up and kept playing with zero pain. A friend I was playing with, who is a doctor, was amazing and asked for Virginia Spine Institute's number!
The best advice I could give to anyone in my situation would be to go to Virginia Spine Institute and have an initial consultation with the practice that only does spines! Don’t wait to see them, have them perform an assessment now and figure out what your options are going forward.
If you are in pain and don’t want to be, I am convinced you will find a solution at Virginia Spine Institute!