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Hear the real stories of healing and recovery from individuals who have overcome neck and back pain and are able to get BACK to the people and activities they love. New episodes are released the first Wednesday of every month! Medical Disclaimer: The views expressed in the Get Back To It podcast are solely those of the speakers. Podcast content is only intended for informational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

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Hear the real stories of healing and recovery from individuals who have overcome neck and back pain and are able to get BACK to the people and activities they love. New episodes are released the first Wednesday of every month! Medical Disclaimer: The views expressed in the Get Back To It podcast are solely those of the speakers. Podcast content is only intended for informational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

    Resilience on the Road to Recovery Managing Years of Herniated Disc Pain

    Resilience on the Road to Recovery Managing Years of Herniated Disc Pain

    Monte Clair, experienced discomfort in her low back since her college days and throughout her early 30s. She managed her chronic pain through non-operative treatments for many years. But, while packing for a trip in 2011, she unexpectedly threw out her back just as she headed out with some friends for a road trip. She later found out she had ruptured a disc which required surgery. Hear her insightful journey to definitive treatment and living her best life.
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    A wife, mom, and grandmother, who's back issues began when she was injured over 40 years ago.

    A wife, mom, and grandmother, who's back issues began when she was injured over 40 years ago.

    In this month’s episode, Dara Strader, a wife, mom, and grandmother, whose back issues began when she was injured at her job over 40 years ago. Dara has had low back pain for most of her adult life and was eventually diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and ultimately, a herniated disk. After years of pain management treatment, surgery ultimately relieved her of her pain and she’s now enjoying her exercise classes at the local YMCA 9 months later.
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    A Collegiate Athlete Manages Life Long Back Pain to Stay in the Game

    A Collegiate Athlete Manages Life Long Back Pain to Stay in the Game

    Naz Kabanni grew up in the United Kingdom where playing soccer was a way of life! He began playing at a competitive level beginning at the tender age of 6. As he grew, and the competitive levels increased, he began having back issues. Through working with physical therapists and athletic trainers, he learned that his hip alignment was off due to one leg being slighter longer than the other. Those mere centimeters difference was enough to create malignment resulting in excruciating lower back pain. As a result of working with athletic trainers, he was able to manage his back pain through non-operative techniques and continue playing soccer all the way through a competitive collegiate career. He credits having to learn at a very young age how to properly take care of his back with preventative measures such as dynamic stretching and myofascial release, or suffer the consequence of injury and getting sidelined. Currently he works at a tech investment firm and enjoys playing soccer in an adult league twice a week. Now, well past his college days, he continues to use the tools given to him as a young boy whenever symptoms show up. Naz's story teaches us the importance of learning one's own individual needs, why flare-ups happen and what to do about it, in order to design a customized lifelong program for spine health.
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    Bending but Not Breaking: Debbie Fox's Triumph Over Scoliosis

    Bending but Not Breaking: Debbie Fox's Triumph Over Scoliosis

    Debbie Fox began her journey when she began having back and neck pain following the birth of her second child. As the pain progressed, she felt dismissed, thinking she was probably just depressed. As her pain worsened, Debbie saw a neurosurgeon who diagnosed her with scoliosis. She spent years in treatment and finally saw a complex spine surgeon when her daily life activities were becoming more painful and limiting, Since her surgery, she has had a challenging journey, but considers her surgery a success in spite of everything.



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    Staying In The Game: Tennis Pro Overcomes To Win

    Staying In The Game: Tennis Pro Overcomes To Win

    Tennis Pro Mike Kotz experienced sudden and severe leg pain, leading to a diagnosis of a herniated disc. After a successful microdiscectomy, he swiftly returned to teaching and playing tennis with remarkable post-operative results.
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    From Childhood Curve to Adult Triumph: Sheryl’s Scoliosis Journey

    From Childhood Curve to Adult Triumph: Sheryl’s Scoliosis Journey

    In this episode of Get Back To It, Sheryl shares her remarkable story. In 8th grade, she was diagnosed with scoliosis after falling off a horse and wore the Milwaukee brace throughout high school. Despite her initial 56-degree curve, she opted for non-operative care over surgery for most of her life. This seemed to manage her pain until her husband fell ill with cancer and eventually required full home care, which took a huge toll on her spine health.
    At 64 years old, Sheryl’s health was changing, and she knew she was running out of time. Her curve was now 100 degrees, and her ribs were almost touching her hips. She was in constant, excruciating pain and couldn’t function anymore. Her bone health was worsening with osteopenia, and she was concerned that she wouldn’t be a surgical candidate if she waited longer.
    Ultimately, she found full trust in Dr. Lenke, who performed a 9-hour surgery to fuse her spine with rods and screws. The surgery was incredibly successful. Sheryl is grateful to have more mobility than she expected, lives independently, and even kept up on a recent family vacation to Disneyland. She exudes hope and positivity, honoring her late husband. Her best advice is to talk with other patients in the waiting room and use your energy for personal advocacy and research. Seek and find help, no matter how bad your condition may seem.
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