Patient EG

Doting father Eric injured his spine during a fall a year and a half before coming to the institute for treatment. He had undergone physical therapy, chiropractic care and a series of epidural steroid injections. Despite that, he continued to have severe back pain and radiating leg pain. His condition was made worse by the fact that his pain caused him to live a sedentary lifestyle. This led him to gain a large amount of weight. His MRI revealed large disc extrusions at the L3/4, L4/5 and L5/S1 discs. Hesaw a surgeon who recommended fusion at all 3 levels. However, he could not have the fusion surgery until he lost over 100 pounds. When Eric came to see us, we recommended performing his surgery endoscopically and recommended that he avoid fusion. As of 4 months after surgery his back pain has been reduced by over 80%, his leg pain has been reduced by 100% and his disability has been reduced by over 80%. Eric is now more active and is successfully undergoing a weight loss program.

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