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"You don't realize how much pain you're in until you don't have any. " Tommy W. Turkey Hunter

I have had pain for years in my legs and was always told it was my knees. I walked with a limp, and I was falling down regularly because my legs would give out. Additionally, my left arm was almost useless because I had no strength in it. I tried physical therapy for two years and nothing helped. I couldn’t sleep, walk, work, or ride in the car without pain – I couldn’t even take the cap off of a water bottle!

I couldn’t take the pain anymore so I started looking for spine doctors in my area. That’s when I found Dr. Schuler at Virginia Spine Institute. He diagnosed me with a degenerative disc in my neck that was affecting my arm, and instability in my lower back which resulted in the pain and weakness down my legs. Because I had already failed non-operative treatment, he suggested surgery and I’m so glad he did.

He performed a spinal fusion on my lower back and put an artificial disc in my neck. Now I’m able to work without any pain and do whatever I want. I was able to turkey hunt this year for the first time in a long time. I am able to walk ten to twelve miles per day and don’t have any pain. Riding doesn’t bother me anymore and I’m able to hike, hunt, and fish again for as long as I want. I have my life back and am pain free! You don’t realize how much pain you’re in until you don’t have any.

Virginia Spine Institute is very knowledgeable and the staff is excellent. My advice if you’re in pain? Don’t live with the disability – give Virginia Spine Institute a call and they can make you well again! 

Thank you to my team!