About three years later, I was slightly bent at the waist putting some of those two inch by two inch flowers into a raised flower bed and after twenty minutes of that I was unable to stand up. I made it to a massage table in my office and laid down where I remained for the next four days.
Friends finally forced me by tilting the table on its axis to get up and they took me to the MRI. After viewing the films, two different neurosurgeons were “What day to you want the surgery son, Wednesday or Monday?” Yes it was bad, very bad. I went to Brian Andrews MD a conservative neurosurgeon who said, “I can see why they want to operate but if they do, it won’t be your last surgery it will be the first in a series. Go home, do to yourself what you do to other people with back problems and see what happens. Give it at least a year before you decide.”
Needless to say NOT having surgery was tempting and suffice it to say I didn’t. Fast-forward three years. I’m still having moderate pain most days with the occasional three or four days where I thought my life was over the pain was so bad. Yes life was not what I’d come to know and enjoy, but a pain filled ordeal constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. I’d given up all the sports I liked to do and was just working, going home, and repeat.
About this time I was hanging around with Kevin Hearon D.C. one of my mentors. He has developed a system of extremity diagnosis and treatment that has long been a part of my own technique (Thanks Kevin). He used me as “Stunt feet” and put me on a pair of orthotics, the same type I make today. It was amazing. The pain I’d had for the past four or five years went from moderate to mild in about six months. Within a year it was rare that I had a day of pain.
This was amazing to me to say the least. Here I am twenty years later with only the most rare bouts of mild pain that lasts a day or so.
I’ve returned to skiing and windsurfing but alas no running or martial arts. Long story short, it was the application of orthotics that gave me a large degree of my life back. From that point on I’ve been a HUGE believer in the power of the lower extremity to affect the nature of ones low back. I've been making orthotics for my patients ever since with more positive feedback than I could have previously imagined.
Thanks for reading, Dr. Camp