TRUE STORY: OFFICER MCKNIGHT UNDERWENT CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY TO RETURN TO HIS ACTIVE LIFESTYLE AS A SHERIFF
At 32 years of age, Officer McKnight suffered from both low back and neck pain and numbness that radiated down his right arm and into his hand. He also experienced decreased dexterity and difficulties with balance. An MRI of Officer McKnight’s cervical spine revealed spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord.
Due to his age and his active lifestyle, Officer McKnight underwent a posterior cervical laminoplasty from C3 through C7 which widened the space necessary for his spinal cord.
Following surgery, Officer McKnight stated that his pain level decreased to a 2 on a scale of 0 to 10. His next step in recovery was to pursue a work conditioning program to help improve his fitness and confidence before returning to work as a Sheriff.