His family doctor suggested the Heilman Center. The pain specialists at the Heilman Center identified the source of his lower back pain and recommended a simple, minimally invasive procedure that relieved the pain at the source. Now, James is off the pain pills and has his independence back. He says “I got my life back!”
James had been battling lower back pain for years. The pain started in his early twenties after a slip and fall. For years he managed with over-the-counter medications and physical therapy. Eventually, though, his lower back pain became unbearable.
At his Heilman Center consultation, the pain specialist ordered some tests. They found the part of his back where spinal stenosis was pinching nerves and causing James’ severe lower back pain. After explaining his treatment options, the pain doctor suggested a series of steps to help James find relief.
James’ pain started on the left side of his body. Epidural injections relieved that pain. Then severe lower back pain began on his right side, radiating from his spine to his hip and down to his knee and foot. This was the worst pain James had ever felt. It was from a pinched nerve that also caused him to lose control of his legs. Walking was challenging, and going down steps was downright dangerous.
The doctors at the Heilman Center recommended a simple outpatient procedure for indirect decompression of pinched nerves in the lower back, Vertiflex Superion™. James wanted to avoid major back surgery. He was concerned about the long recovery time, risks, and loss of flexibility. So when the Heilman Center pain specialist offered an option with a recovery time of a few weeks instead of the six months, he was eager to try it.