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Patient Success Stories

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Spine Surgery

Active adult back to jogging after successful spine surgery

bob success storyChris enjoys an active lifestyle. In his free time he enjoys jogging, riding a bike, usingthe elliptical trainer and strength training. Chris began having right leg pain about ten years ago. His symptoms started out gradual at first. Unfortunately, instead of the pain going away, he noticed his symptoms worsening. Chris made an appointment to see his general practitioner.

The physician examined Chris and ordered Xrays. His physician encouraged him to try conservative care to help relieve his leg pain symptoms, and Chris did this for years.

He tried using non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) to help relieve pain and inflammation. Chris also visited a chiropractor for pain relief. He tried epidural steroid injections to help relieve his symptoms and physical therapy to help strengthen his core. The years went by and Chris remained active even with the leg pain. In fact, he found that walking fast was actually less painful than slower walking. All of these non-surgical treatments did offer Chris some temporary pain relief, but his symptoms would always return. He noticed his leg pain worsening and moving lower into his leg.

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Stenosis doesn't ground this former jet aviator

Bob enjoys his work. As a former Marine Corps aviator, Bob was accustomed to adventure. He learned to love flying fighter jets. So much so, that after a successful second career as a Detroit car executive, he purchased an old Russian jet fighter — a great hobby for his recent retirement from the business world. Unfortunately, while he was looking forward to taking wings in retirement, a bad back had him grounded.bob success story

Bob’s back pain soon included serious neurological symptoms such as numbness and radiating pain into a leg. Bob eventually had difficulty walking even short distances and now was sidelined from all his favorite activities — hiking, flying his small jet and riding sports bikes. Bob began reading up about back pain, and especially the symptoms of stenosis — low back pain and radiating pain into the buttock and thigh — which were his symptoms. On his next visit, his physician confirmed Bob’s suspicions and referred him to Dr. Jason Brodkey, a board-certified and fellowship-trained spine neurosurgeon at Ann Arbor Spine Care.

Dr. Brodkey reviewed Bob’s existing diagnostic tests and then discussed the results and treatment options with Bob. “Dr. Brodkey was straightforward with me,” Bob remembers. “He discussed my condition, all the possible treatment options, including my surgical options, what relief that may provide, and what recovery would be like for me afterward.” Click here to read the complete story of Bob's recovery.



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