We went to Fredericksburg a few months back for our summer trip. It was a little different with the COVID restrictions, no more wine tasting. Booo! But the beautiful scenery is still there. My son loved walking around the state park and staying in the cabin. So the trip was still fun.
I was telling this story to a woman I met at one of my kids' events when she looked at me and said “I’d love to go to Fredericksburg but I can’t sit in the car that long.” This of course started a conversation about her back. She couldn’t remember when the pain started since it started as an intermittent mild ache after riding a stationary bike at the gym. Eventually, she changed her workout to walking on the treadmill but the pain didn’t go away, in fact it steadily got worse. She finally went to her primary care when her back wouldn’t stop hurting no matter what she was doing….sitting to watch tv, standing in line at the grocery store, even brushing her teeth was painful. I asked her what the final straw was that got her to see her primary care. She told me she was not able to care for her kids the way she wanted. She had to ask for help for everything...cooking, cleaning, and the idea of going to sporting events was miserable. She went to the doctor feeling like her body was falling apart and that she was failing as mother and wife.
I asked how she felt after the doctor appointment. She said, nothing really changed except they ordered an MRI. That’s when the news got really bad.
She said he told me I had a bulging disc in my lower back which was causing all my pain. The doctor is sending me to an orthopedic doctor. She went on to say she really didn’t want surgery but the pain had to stop. She needed to get back to her life.
After she got done with her story, I told her that's what I do. I help active adults overcome their aches and pains to get back to their favorite activities.
It took a little convincing but she agreed to come in for an evaluation.
At the start of the evaluation she told me how nervous she was that the bulging disc would get worse if she moved. I told her that we will not do anything that makes her pain worse. We would take everything slow and stop when we need to.
After seeing how her spine moved, how her body moved, and feeling which muscles were tense. I was able to tell her that despite not being able to reverse the bulging disc I can help her stop her back from hurting. We could work together to get her back to riding her bike at the gym, get her to be able to brush her teeth, cook and grocery shop without worrying about her back pain.
The plan that we came up with started by stopping her pain, then progressed to healing the injured tissues, and ended by life proofing her back to keep this bulging disc from taking over her life.
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Dr. Molly McDonald