Suffering from chronic back pain can be debilitating in so many ways that go beyond the pain itself. It can destroy your ability to be independent, and do so many of the little day-to-day things that healthy people take for granted. When the scope of what you can comfortably accomplish — be it at work, around the house, or for fun — keeps shrinking, it can be hard to maintain a brave face.
Intense, intractable back pain had brought Margo Witters to the point where — though only in her 60s — she had to use a walker. At times, even that was not enough, and she was confined to a wheelchair. “I couldn’t function, couldn’t do anything,” she remembers. Coming to the Spine Institute Northwest allowed Margo to finally fight back against her pain. “I felt like… I’ve found the answer now,” she says. Margo underwent minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery to address the source of her chronic pain.
“I felt really good, just right after the surgery,” Margo recalls. “The next day I was able to travel back to Spokane without any problems.” She was also able to stand on her own, snapping a photo with her husband and Dr. Kamson before hitting the road.
One year out from her procedure, Margo — who’s now 68 — no longer needs help getting around. “It’s just been an increase of mobility and being able to do more,” she says. “I just feel amazing now, I’m able to do things I haven’t done for four or five years.”
If you’re suffering from chronic back or neck pain that disrupts your ability to accomplish your everyday tasks or the activities that you used to love, it’s time to take back control of your life. Get started today by calling the Spine Institute Northwest at 888-712-0318, or fill out this simple form to get a free MRI review from one of our specialists.
Listen to more of Margo’s story, and learn why she enjoyed coming back to the Spine Institute Northwest: