Testimonials

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General Testimonials for Southwest Spine & Sports

Dr. Wolff,

I am grateful for your help and expertise. I have been pain free since my nonsurgical Radiofrequency Ablation treatment on the right side of my back at L2 through L5. I now play golf with no disabling back pain.

Thank you & God Bless,

Bill R.

“These Men deserve a Halo”

I am a long time patient of SW Spine and Sports due to the horrible car accident in 2004. Tried physical therapy for 14 months-I was in more pain when I left than when I arrived.

Went to my GP and he recommended Dr. Lee (1st Halo). Please realize I was a mess when I began w/Dr. Lee. The man did everything to help me and help keep my pain under control. Some things worked-some things didn’t but he always had a next step plan. My body challenged him and he never gave up. Thank goodness! I don’t know what I would have done without him…yes I do…I would have been bed ridden, drugged and in horrific pain. I am a little too young to live like that. Sleep was impossible. I dreaded every night. I was awake, in pain, leg twitches and could not see an end.

Dr. Lee asked me about doing a “Caudal” epidural in base of spine. My life changed for the better. It was an interesting experience but it numbed my pain areas. Now I was having interesting sensations, BUT NO PAIN…I also wasn’t getting any sleep.

Enter Dr. Breus (2nd Halo)….liked him from the moment he came into the room. He listened first, asked questions, and then accurately told me about myself. He got IT…He understood my situation and I wasn’t crazy!

Dr. Breus called my regular doctor and all 3 of us made the change and added Serale. I am now sleeping through the night. First time since 12/30/2014!

I cannot say enough good things about these 2 men. I felt I was allowed to be a partner in my recovery. They make you feel that you are a part of the recovery/pain management.

Sincerely,
Me
(Deborah M.)

I had my appointment today with Dr. Sherman. What a doll he is. I loved his demeanor and his treatment is definitely working. A nice cocktail to the shoulder. It’s nice to find a wonderful doctor when you’re in pain.

Thank you so much, Nilsa B.

 

Dr Wolff is an incredible physician. Having had 2 different shoulder problems in the last 1.5 years. He seems to understand all aspects of the injury /pain syndrome. I have found him to be empathetic,intelligent and most of all accomodating. So glad I found him! Thank you Dr. Wolff!

– Linda N.

I suffered for several years with chronic migraines which became so severe and frequent I was forced to quit work and withdraw from family and friends. Having tried numerous treatments without success,  my neurologist recommended I try Botox injections. Thanks to Dr. Kumaraswamy and the staff at Southwest Spine and Sport I now have significantly fewer and less intense migraines and have regained a quality of life I did not believe would be possible again.
— Barbara S.

Dear Dr. Wolff and staff: (including Lindsay, Amy, Gretchen and anyone else who has helped me!) Thank you all so much for the excellent care you have given me over the years. I always feel so confident with the treatment I receive, and also for your willingness to work with my financial constraints. Everyone I know has very high praise of you and the entire staff at SW Spine & Sports, and I am again so grateful for your care.

Best Regards, Amy B.

Thanks for genuinely caring about your patients. I appreciate the time and patience it took to get me where I am today.

— Patricia L.

Dear Dr. Wolff,
You were kind enough to see me this past May following surgery on my wrist which resulted in a very painful frozen shoulder. At the time I had been unable to sleep more than 1 – 2 hours at a time. You helped me evaluate various options, and also suggested resting with my arm ‘dangling’ over the edge of the mattress. I quickly perfected that technique and found I could sleep several hours pain free, thus narrowly averting impending insanity!! I couldn’t be more grateful to you as we are now concluding several weeks of swimming and kayaking here in the Adirondacks.

Thank you so much, Kathy C.

Dear Dr. Wolff …
We would like to tell you many things … You are a wonderful Doctor and human being with all the letter professional in your area. You’re a friend of difficult times and in times of pain … but you are much more than an M.D., you are above all a wonderful human being. A dedicated father and husband, who has time to listen to all questions asked by your patients… This simple act, is priceless, Dr. Wolff! You make your patients feel unique and comfortable. I know exactly what I am saying because I have been a nurse for 23 years, followed every type of doctor in my work and I can tell you when I see a professional quality as you.
God bless you and all your family.

With all our affection, respect and gratitude Regina and Archie P.

Dr. Jones is a great caregiver. He believes in medical science and is non assuming. I have been to many doctors, this guy stands out as excellent. He knows the patients are people, I would trust him with my future care.
– Todd M.

Dr. Lee and Dr. Kumaraswamy rule (to think, I knew her when…) Dr Sherman is great, as well. And don’t forget the support and assistant staff.
– Glenn M.

I have searched the world over for a decent group of doctors, these are the best!!
– Todd M.

A huge thank you to Dr. Sherman. His intelligence, bedside manner, and compassion set him aside from the rest. To put it simply , he “rocks”!
– Andria H.

Dr. Wolff is “all that and a bag of chips” as my daughter would say. He’s probably the finest physician in the state. I was a hospital vice president for a Harvard teaching hospital for over decade, and doctors do not come more highly skilled, technically competent, and joyful about what they do, than Dr. Wolff. When you step in that door and put yourself in his hands, you once again become a human being. A human being who can function and enjoy life. Thanks Dr. Wolff, you are the BEST!
– Gail P.

Very happy to have a great doctor like Dr. Tony Lee on my side kicking butt and making sure I feel like family!
– Adam Z.

I always look forward to my monthly follow up visits with Dr Sherman. He by far is one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever worked with as a patient or even met (being an RN I have met hundreds). You are blessed to have him as part of your fine medical office. I’ll be seeing him this week too.
– Ann E.

Thank you for helping me get my life back. We aren’t quite there yet, but we are getting closer. It is a rarity when I can find a doctor who can show compassion, professionalism and good humor to help me get down a rough road life has handed me. Thank you for this.

– Ann E.

Thank you so very much Dr. Sherman for all you do to help your patients. I am so very thankful that I was referred to you by another client of yours. You have truly made a difference when it comes to helping me manage my pain. Thanks again for all you do!

– Teresa T.

I have been a patient, friend and employee of the doctors at SWSS. They’re all just great people in general which makes them such wonderful, caring and professional physicians. They are constantly learning new procedures and excelling in their field. You won’t be sorry.
– Jo-Anne M.

Dr Sherman rocks! He’s been my doctor for 3 years now and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to take care of my multiple pain issues. It’s not been an easy ride with my chronic pain, but thanks to Dr Sherman I am able to get a better handle on it. Two thumbs up for Dr Sherman!
— Ann S.

Dr. Lee, The procedure you performed on 5/22 was fabulous, a miracle! You are the miracle worker. You know how much pain I’ve been in since my surgeries but this procedure has saved my life. I am about 90% pain free and getting better every day. If I had a lot of money I would put you in my will. Thank you, thank you , thank you!!

— Ward D.

Lindsay, thanks to you and Dr. Lee for helping me get rid of my pain. You do a great job!
– Sincerely Bob F.

I have been going to see Dr. Michael Wolff who practices primarily in Scottsdale for years with back and leg problems. Dr. Wolff never ceases to amaze me with his knowledge and professional capabilities and he has been a great help to me. He takes as much time as needed to explain the physical problems and treatments and he is also a very nice person. Quite frankly, he is one in a million and to make things even better, his entire staff is both capable and friendly.
– Sincerely, Jim S.

I have been in so much pain for so long I didn’t think I would ever not have it. Dr. Sherman’s treatment has me almost pain free in just a few short months. I wish I had started seeing him years ago.
—Joan C.

Dr. Wolff…I just wanted to thank you for the exceptional way that you and your staff helped me with the pain that I was experiencing in my neck. I was so very impressed with all aspects of your practice. The office was clean and inviting, your staff was personable and organized, and you nailed the issue with my neck quickly and prescribed a course of treatment that has kept me pain free for over 10 months. Like most of your patients, I’m a very active person and did not want to give up the things I loved to do. You helped me reclaim a good nights sleep and movement that’s now pain free. Again…my sincere thanks for all that you are and do.

Dee T.

I want to thank Southwest Spine & Sports and especially Dr. Lata Kumaraswamy for an amazing diagnostic and treatment experience! Dr. Kumaraswamy very patiently and thoroughly analyzed my pain and mobility issues and stepped me through an efficient and effective resolution culminating in a cervical epidural which has given me back pain-free freedom of motion and function. I highly recommend this staff for both competent and compassionate care!

— Anne Marie M.

I highly recommend Dr Kumaraswamy. She listened to me and answered my questions, explained what was happening and how she would treat my pain. She was concerned about me, her patient, and my well being. She was compassionate and kind and I can not thank her enough. The pain is gone.

— Ray B.

Dear Dr. Lee,
This is a note of gratefulness and appreciation for services provided. After experiencing over a year of exquisite lower back pain, I found you and you figured it all out.

I have now been basically pain free for about one and one half years. Your compassion, your knowledge, persistence and exemplary skills have dramatically improved my quality of life.

Thank you again for being you, for you truly are a gentleman and a scholar.

— Most Sincerely, Fred G.

Dr. Wolff, Thank you for taking such great care of me and Jeff. You are a fantastic doctor & person! We really cannot express in word the gratitude we feel in our heart for the care you’ve given us in this difficult & painful time. We are so blessed by your commitment to giving exceptional care in medicine. Thank you again! We pray blessings over you, your family & practice.

— Sincerely, Stefanie & Jeffery F.

Dear Dr. Sherman, Thanks for all the caring, concern and humor which made me feel like a family member rather than just another patient! Thank you to you and all your staff members!

— Warmly, Susan S.

A word of gratitude to Dr. K for her highly professional attention to my care. I had been struggling with pain for many years and was apprehensive. She listened to me, HEARD me and encouraged me to let her help me. Her good judgement and professionalism brought me the pain relief I thought I would never have again. I am most grateful and would recommend her to anyone.

— Stella J.

Dear Dr. Jones,

I wanted to thank you for the excellent care you gave me in my recent bout with leg pain from my disc.

Again thanks.

— Bruce C.

I began seeing Dr. Wolff in January and was given a roadmap to what needed to be done, one step at a time. Along with that, Dr. Wolff suggested and wrote a prescription for an ankle brace to help with a drop foot that was related to back issues. Not only did the brace help my walking, but also eliminated almost all of my lower back discomfort. This basic approach has improved my life considerably.
—Howard S.

Dear Dr. Sherman,
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help and assistance during the long months leading up to the surgery. Don’t know what I would have done without your support and encouragement. Please extend my many thanks to your staff as well.

— Nancy R.

I have consulted many doctors in my last 15 years as I have battled debilitating back pain that has affected my personal and professional life plus the constant frustration of trying to keep HOPE alive that there is a great Doctor out there that would spend the time, emotional effort, and have the professional experience to get me back to “living” once again. I finally found that Doctor in Michael Wolff ……..and yes, I have visited MANY of the Top Docs in this town specializing in Pain Management and Sports Medicine and there has been no one else that has gotten the results I have experienced with him; his secret…… he “Listened” and didn’t rush to hand me pain meds, but worked on the underlying causes using a variety of well placed Injections, PRP Therapy, nerve ablations, etc. which has resulted in serious improvement in my back, leg, and knee pain. My life has changed dramatically in quality and ability to do more of the activities I enjoy. As for his staff, how do you rate an A+ team any better! He surrounds himself with top notch professionals like himself that truly care about your quality of life.

— Mary M.

Don’t change a thing. Dr Sherman is the best dr I have ever had taking care of my pain issues. If this country had more drs like him, I don’t think our health care system would be such a mess and patients would be better taken care of.

— Ann E.

“I truly appreciate Dr. Sherman for everything he has done for me. I was in pain for so long that I just accepted it was always going to be that way. Dr. Sherman respected my desire to handle the pain with the least amount of medicine, and solved my issue with compassion and knowledge. Thanks Dr. Sherman! “

– Angelina H.

Dear Dr. Wolff – I have been a patient at Southwest Spine & Sports for many years. I wanted to let you know of the remarkable care that I have continued to receive from your complete staff, but especially Dr. Lee & Dominique. You should be extremely proud of your entire staff. I thank you and your staff for your continued help & support!

— Sid S.

Dr. Sherman – here is to looking up to you and thanking you so much for working with me over the past 13 months. You are awesome and compassionate.

— G.G.

I became a patient of Dr. K around the middle of March 2013 where I saw her for back pain and Sciatic nerve issues. She has done a wonderful job of taking care of me and I have no back issues or Sciatic nerve issues. She has done a great job and is a great doctor.

—Chuck H.

After many years of suffering with sever back pain, I found myself unable to walk more than fifteen minutes without having to stop. Recently retired (2 years), and being in my sixties, I was frightened that the quality of my life had deteriorated over the last few years. I had been referred to numerous specialists and had experienced many tests, X-rays, MRI’s and epidurals with no results.

At last, I was referred to you for a appointment. You diagnosed my problem immediately from my MRI and scheduled the epidural. From the time of this injection, I received relief. I am now pain free and can walk as far as my husband and dogs.

Words cannot express how grateful my husband and I are for your medical expertise. I had been searching for this help for years. In fact my husband has an appointment to see you this month for his back pain.

You have made a difference in the quality of my life. Thank you.

—Maureen T.

Hi Dr. Lee! Thanks for your concerns on my behalf! I appreciate your candor and continued concerns! You pulled me out of my doldrums! Thanks again!!!

—Jay C.

Dear Dr. K,
About a year ago you examined and treated me for pain and numbness in my left arm & shoulder. The pin-point injections you administered gave me some much appreciated temporary relief, but more importantly, the results from the nerve test you performed & an MRI of my shoulder convinced the Orthopedic Surgeons back home that the problem was not with my shoulder… My road to being pain-free started with you last March and I’m very grateful for that!

Thanks again,

—Kathy M.

I want to thank Dr. Kumaraswamy for care of my lower back pain. The procedure was quick and relatively painless. The results were awesome, I haven’t felt this good in 20 years. My new mobility has allowed me to do more and has resulted in a weight loss of 30 lbs. I would recommend her and the center to anyone who is experiencing back pain.
—Raul R.

I have seen pain management doctors for to many years but none that have shown the care and compassion that Dr Wolff has shown me. More importantly he has given me significant pain relief and I am now able to walk for the most part without a cane or walker. No other doctor has been able to give me that relief. I have been on multiple pain medications previously and am now down to only one. Thank you Dr. I would also like to thank your entire staff for the respect and kindness they show me on each visit.
Jim B.

I have the opportunity to come to Southwest Spine and Sports every 4 months under a Work Comp arrangement. Every time I come to see Doctor Sherman, whether it is in Tempe or Scottsdale, I am repeatedly reminded of how fortunate I am to have found the services of such a caring medical team. Everyone in both offices is extremely kind and caring while maintaining the utmost professionalism. Dr. Sherman is a great humanitarian and I would highly recommend him and his staff to everyone who is in need of a totally positive experience in health care. I always feel better when I leave, and I assure you that I have had to seek medical services often for my shoulder in the past several years and that feeling is not the usual outcome. I have meant to offer a testimonial every time I leave the office and now that I will be coming in again in a couple weeks, I have finally given you all the praise you deserve. Thank you.

— PM

Thinking about having my FOURTH back surgery made me physically ill, but the pain was so intense, I didn’t feel I had any other options. Then, my doctor’s nurse told me about Dr. Wolff and injections for the pain. I had already had pain injections before my third surgery and had no relief, so I was very skeptical as to more injections. But, fearing surgery more than an injection, I scheduled an appointment. First and mainly, this office was much different than the other Dr. that scheduled my other injections.

I was counseled by Dr. Wolff and told that this was not a cure, but a way to manage my pain and hopefully help me to avert surgery. I was still doubtful, based upon my prior experience, but agreed to try. I could not believe how I felt when I walked out of the Surgery Center – pain free and it continued that way for several weeks, and just a small amount of pain for the next 5 months. I was so pleased – I wasn’t taking any pain medication and with a few injections about 5-6 months apart, I still remain relatively pain free.

Would I recommend this method of treatment? ABSOLUTELY YES!! And the injections were “no big deal!” Many thanks to Dr. Wolff and his staff – I feel like I have a new lease on life!

— C.G.

30 days before Christmas I make a list of things I am grateful for to share. I wanted to let you know that I am Very Grateful to have SWSS in my life and wanted to thank Dr. Sherman and everyone at SW Spine and Sports. Happy Holidays!!!
Kimberly W.

Each one of you at SWSS is top notch and awesome!
Gillian G.

Dr Jones calls me his “rock star”. I was in a terrible car accident in 1992. I have had 3 major surgeries on my spine. Two of them at one of the top 10 hospitals for spinal injuries. I chose to have surgery at the University of Michigan because I worked with spinal injuries there at the time of my accident. My accident left me unable to work. I can’t even count all the places and pain clinics I went to looking for something other than more surgery and narcotics to manage my pain. I now have days that are pain free! I didn’t even think that was possible after suffering for so long. Dr Wolf and Dr Jones have done more than manage my pain. They gave me my life back. I never thought I would be able to go see the Grand Canyon with out using my wheel chair. I am so happy to say I did! I haven’t used my wheel chair since I started treatment here. My family couldn’t believe the difference it has made for me. Three of my family members now go to SW Spine and Sport. I just got a call from my grandmother. My grandfather had his first treatment yesterday and for the first time in months he can stand up straight! He was out doing yard work. lol My mother broke her back a year ago. She was going to another pain clinic that just kept doing the same thing with minimal results. Now after getting the RF from Dr Jones she feels great! Thank you to everyone at SW Spine and Sport for helping my family and giving me my life back!
Wendy G.

Dear Dr. Lee,

Thank you so much for all of your care and patients in treating my hips – I truly appreciate it.

I am back to my regular ballet schedule for the first time since November or December; I am so excited!

Thank you again.

Best, Lindsey A.

Thank you Dr. Lee,

I appreciate all you’ve done for me (injections, test, etc) while attempting to relieve my back pain. You were always gentle & knowledgeable and always had a smile. Thank you & your staff for all you’ve done to help me.

Best,
Ellen G.

The acupuncture has made a significant difference in reduction of the pain and the extent of the locality of the pain. After the third treatment, I noticed how much better I felt. Thank you so much Dr. Lee.

Ellen G. – Patient of Dr. Lee

Thank you,

Barbara D. – Patient of Dr. Lee

Dear Dr. Wolff,

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that Gretchen has been very helpful with my back/leg injury and pain. On my last visit to your office, she took a lot of time talking to my wife and me, showing me the injury on the MRI photographs, explaining the mechanics of how the injury was affecting me, and presenting options for future treatment of the injury. She conducted a physical exam to eliminate some possible causes for the pain and try to identify exactly what was causing the pain.

In this day and age, health care providers don’t often take the time for detailed conversations with their patients; Gretchen is an exception. She is very thorough and an asset to your office.

Bill and Lynette E.

I had been dealing with an achilles tendon issue for almost 2 years. I had been to specialists, including a surgeon that could not help me. I went to Dr. Wolff had 1 PRP injection in my achilles and was back to running in a 4 weeks was able to participate in a physical agility test for work about 2 months later. I was limping for close to 2 years, 1 shot later and I was back to normal. Thanks Again.
Steve P.

Hello Dr. Sherman,

I just wanted to take a minute to share my Ironman success with you. I honestly feel that without the combined efforts of you and Matt I would not have had as successful a day as I did. Virtually pain free, I finished the race in 11 hours and 59 minutes!!! If you remember I told you, 12 hours would be a good day, 13 hours is what I expected and 14 hours would mean something went wrong. Well, I exceeded all that and felt fantastic!! I owe a big part of my being an Ironman to you.

Thanks for everything (hope I don’t have to see you soon),
Melissa T.

Good morning Doctor Sherman,

You asked that I keep you updated on my condition and I am very pleased to tell you that the results with your help have been outstanding.  I have had one Bursa injection and one each left and right side S I joint injections.  Today I can actually walk without pain and I feel the best that I have for over a year and a half.  Thank you so much.

Robert C.

P.S. (from Alma C.) – I just want to thank you for giving me back my husband; he is actually more himself these past two weeks than I’ve seen him in two years.  It has been a blessing to have you on Robert’s team of pain relief.  Keep up the great work for all your patients.

Dr. Wolff,

I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you and your staff for what may be a very routine procedure for you, but for me it is something that has given me the ability to recapture my life.

Before coming to your office, I had previously had three operations and numerous injections on my lower back. I was in constant and chronic pain and been out of work for the last eight months due to taking fairly large amounts of medication daily. I was angry at the world, my doctors and my place of employment. I did not know if I would ever be able to return to my career of law enforcement of fourteen years.

I sat in my home, wanting to do things with my four boys and my wife, but knowing that I would not be able to enjoy myself due to the excruciating pain that was just a part of my life. So I sat in my chair, watching the world go by, becoming more depressed every day.

When I came to your office on the very first day of my evaluation, I was met by possibly the kindest medical staff I have ever had the privilege to meet. They were professional yet understanding. I was listened to and felt like I mattered.

After my final treatment, the very next day I felt such a difference in the level of pain that it was unbelievable! I didn’t dare believe that this could be a lasting treatment as so many in the past would work for a week or two at the most. When I flew home to Florida, and after two weeks had passed, I woke up on a Saturday morning and I looked at my wife as we were getting ready to go somewhere, and I began to cry. She asked what was wrong and I said to her “it’s like waking up from a ten year nightmare” I just couldn’t believe that I was still one hundred percent pain free.

It has been over a month now since you and your staff performed what I deem a miracle for me. I am still pain free, I am back to my duties as detective with the sheriff’s department, I am enjoying watching my youngest sons football practices, and am spending more quality time with my wife.

I am not a religious man normally; I have seen things that make one question such a thing. But I do thank God for you and what you have give back to me sir. I can never repay what you have given me, but thank you so much.

David P.

P.S. I’m going to enjoy the  gator hunt.

I have seen Dr. Wolff and his PA Gretchen for many years now. They have been my most trusted source of information and treatment for my lower spine issues. Both portray a high level of knowledge and professionalism. Dr. Wolff is always on the cutting edge when it comes to new treatments and developing a strong game plan to get you back into life. Gretchen has also been a light at the end of the tunnel for me when it comes to my treatment and guiding me in the right direction. I cannot say enough good things about these two people and what they have done for me.

Thank you both for always being there for me, Steve H.

From the time I made my first appointment with Dr. Wolff and his Staff, I was received warmly and professionally. All my questions were answered and I chose to have Spine Injections. My pain was from a car accident in April 2010. There were times I could not sleep or walk. The pain was persistent. I was a little nervous going in to have the Injections. Even a little worrying is a waste of time. I talked to the Doctor throughout the Injections. It has been 3 weeks since the Injections, and I sleep through the night and I walk 3 miles each morning, five times a week. Thank you!
John A.

Dr. Wolff’s new procedure with stunning the nerves was amazing, I have had lower back pain for several years and have taken pills, had injections with minimal relief. But with this new procedure, I have been a lot more active and able to hit the gym and many other activities that before were very painful to do. Thanks Dr. Wolff.
H.R.

In my view Dr. Michael Wolff walks on water. Using various techniques he has allowed me to travel extensively without the use of my mobility scooter.
Dr. B

I suffered from low back pain due to degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my hip. The hip pain caused me to wake up at nights. Dr. Wolff was recommended to me by my hip surgeon. After two injections in my hip, one for the joint and another for bursitis (which I did not know I had) my hip pain was totally gone and I can now sleep on my left side without ever waking up. My back pain also improved a lot. Dr. Wolff has a very personal and pleasant way to interact with patients, his confidence makes one feel at ease. I can highly recommend Dr. Wolff and I will continue to seek his help.
Uta S.

To whom it may concern:

I just want to say Thank you so much to the staff at Southwest Spine & Sports. I have had back problems for years and just lived with it until I could no longer do it. Dr. Sherman and his staff are wonderful. The are always so pleasant and willing to help. After Dr. Sherman completed the procedure on my lower back just as he explained in detail to me, and now it is like a new beginning. Everyone bent over backwards to work with my Insurance Co and my work so I could have the best chance for a full recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Sherman and his team for any problems you might have.
Thanks again to everyone, Nanette

Bob & I wanted to give you an extra special thank you for your help in making us feel better. We’re so glad we found you!!
Thanks again,
Ramona & Bob D.

Your caring, prompt assistance allowed me to have a much more comfortable weekend.

With sincere gratitude,
Linda S.

My experience with Doctor Sherman and the staff at Spine and Sports in the Tempe location was truly wonderful! I have been having back pain for a few years, now and finally decided to go see some one to try and help me figure out the problem. Dr. Sherman was so helpful from the start, he listened to me and was very caring about my situation. He took action right from the start and wanted to help me with rehabilitation and trying to keep me from having to have back surgery of any kind. I went in for a spinal injection about a month ago to see if this would help with the pain and it has been a big help! I truly recommend this procedure for any one that needs some relief of back pain! My night pain was so bad and this has changed a great deal sense this procedure was done like day and night! Dr, Sherman did a great job, and he made sure I followed up after the injection was done. I will continue to visit the office when needed and again I can’t say enough about my experience with this Doctor! I believe if I had not found Dr. Sherman, that I still would not know what was wrong he did all the right steps in finding out the problem. My Diagnosis is I have a Bulging disc and im happy to know the problem finally!! He is helping with this problem I have, and I am so Thankful for his effort! I recommend Dr. Sherman to any one in need of back pain and the Southwest Spine and Sports center.
Sincerely, Karla L.

A few weeks ago I was able to do something that I hadn’t been able to do for at least two years……work in my yard and trim the bushes. Wow, this was wonderful and all because of coming to Southwest Spine and Sports.

I had gotten to the point that I couldn’t ride in a car my than an hour and that was really pushing it. Sitting was a real problem and if I went out to dinner with friends, I would have to excuse myself several times just to walk around. I have three compressed discs in my lower spine and three in my neck that are compressed.

I had the medial branch block done on the right side of my neck and then after that the radiofrequency ablation. That was a success and I then moved forward and had the same procedures done on the left side of my neck. Now, I can do craft projects and read for more than the fifteen minutes that was my max time before the procedures.

Then Dr. Wolff started on the low back and did the medial branch block on the left side of my low spine. After being sure that those were the right places, he did the radiofrequency ablation on the left side.

That weekend I did yardwork and didn’t have all the pain that I used to have. I literally have not been able to do this type of thing for over two years. And with my crafts, I teach a class and after the class was over, I would have to go to bed for an hour or so just to relieve the pain.

Many thanks Dr. Wolff. I’m glad to know that you are there should I need you for another procedure some place else.
Shirley C.

My name is David. I am 72 and a retired attorney. In my retirement I have entertained myself thoroughy by landscaping an acre property which involved endless grading through use of a pickax, the construction of an embankment involving the movement by shovel and wheel barrel of 60 tons of fill, the covering of the entire lot by the spreading by shovel and wheel barrel of 400 tons of a crushed granite ground cover and the planting of countless trees, desert plants, etc.

My age caught up with me abruptly in February, 2009, when I awoke one day with such excruciating pain in my neck area, both shoulders and both legs that I could barely move my head, arms and legs. Pain medication did nothing to abate my agony. After consulting with a number of pysicians over a span of several months, none of whom were able to make a diagnosis, it was suggested that I see Michael W. Wolff, M.D. of Southwest Spine & Sports.

From the outset, I developed a feeling that my pain had met its match. I received the most thorough examinations and testing I have ever encountered, administered by young physicians, who, fulfilling their fellowships under Dr. Wolff’s tutelage and close scrutiny, collected sufficient information to permit Dr. Wolff to come to a diagnosis and plan of action. In short order, with innovative non surgical procedures administered by Dr. Wolff, my pain did not just lessen; it totally subsided. Other patients who I met in the waiting area voiced similar accolades regarding Dr. Wolff and his colleagues.

I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on Dr. Wolff’s support staff. From the time that you enter the office you are greeted by and administerd to by highly trained individuals whose demeaners make you feel welcome and whose talents process you in a most efficient manner.
David B.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You may not remember me, but I came to you hardly able to walk, as for over a year my doctor had said I had a bad back- even though my back didn’t hurt. I came to you, x-ray was taken, and you did an intraarticular injection. I was in great pain! You suggested my problem was my right hip. You were correct. Twelve weeks ago today, Dr. Longo did a complete hip replacement. I needed no pain meds after the surgery, or since. I am now able to do anything I want except aerobics. I used a walker for 1 week, a cane for 1 week, and that was it. If it were not for you, who knows what may have happened. Thank you!!
Judy P.

I had to write and thank you- not only for your expertise- but your patience and bedside manner. I’ve referred many people to you because, all in all, you do great things. I hope I can come back for the PRP injection soon.
Regards, Paula D.

I hope this letter finds you well. I was one of your patients from the fall/winter 2006 through spring of 2007, and I am writing to give you an update on how things are going. As quick refresher, you saw me for tendonitis in both my arms caused by too much keyboard and mouse usage while I was working for the U.S. Navy in San Diego. I also saw you for issues with my lower back and legs. I want to reiterate how much I appreciated your attentive and compassionate care.
Sincerely, Ed C.

Dear Dr. Wolff- You’re my hero!! I LOVE YOU!!
Gratefully, Mary S. PS- Translation… I have almost no pain in my left leg!!

Following my recent visit to your office and my subsequent procedure, I wanted to pass along my thanks to all at Southwest Spine and Sports. From a medical standpoint, it appears to have been an unqualified success, as I am back working out and playing golf, pain-free. Perhaps more importantly, from a personal experience it was an unqualified success as well. In our own business we try very hard to about give our clients not only the benefit of our professional expertise and results, but to provide them with a pleasant, caring, easy, comfortable and convenient experience. So, I am probably oversensitive to that in others. Frankly, it is rare to find a health care provider who shares those same values. However, you clearly “get it” and I commend you and thank you all for that. Gretchen elicited not only great confidence in her knowledge and ability but great comfort by treating me warmly, like a unique individual with unique circumstances and unique lifestyle goals (all this despite the fact she has probably seen hundreds of patients with my same nagging old-guy back problem). I had a similar experience with all of the people I met and dealt with there. Although I didn’t have the opportunity of meeting Dr. Wolff, I can only assume that this culture starts there. Although I would like to think I would not need your services again, chances are that I will, and I will not hesitate to do so; nor to recommend you to any of my sporting / aging friends.
Thank you. David W.

Best wishes for you and your family in 2009! I can’t thank you enough for giving me my life back! Be well-you are an amazing doctor.
Roger H.

Just wanted to drop you a note regarding the examination I had with Dr. Sherman and procedure with Dr. Wolff on my sore leg caused by a bulging disc in my back. The epidural I received was painless and worked immediately on the pain that I had in my leg for months. Physical therapy helped, but in the end, the epidural was what I needed. Thank you for the relief.

I also just completed an examination on my shoulder by Dr Wolf. Had an ultrasound pinpointing exactly what needed to be done, and finally an injection by Dr. Sherman (a so called rookie) which was painless and I had immediate results in a reduction in pain. Thank you.

At first I didn’t realize that SW Spine and Sports helped with all pain management, I thought it was only spine. Nice to know that you can assist in a non-surgical approach to the management of pain.
Lee P.

Going to your medical facility is the first time in my life that I’ve ever enjoyed visiting a doc. Your entire staff is terrific, which is a great reflection on their employer.

Best Regards.
Jim S.

I have been a patient of Dr. Wolff and Gretchen Post since December. When you have an illness and are in pain, half the battle is won when you find professionals you can trust. I feel I receive excellent care and am being treated in the most appropriate way. I would recommend them to anyone.
JoAnn M.

Just a heartfelt note to let you all know how much your kindness & support has meant to me. Since the spine L Fusion, it has been difficult, but I know there is a rainbow at the end of this ordeal. J Please let everyone know, including Carolyn, that your office is a joy & you all seem to bring a smile to my face. God Bless & I’m sure I’ll see you soon!
Fondly, Lindsey H.

This is not an idle expression of my thanks. It is as heartfelt as I know how to convey it. Today, just 24 hours after her procedure with you, Vinceanne left the house to attend a fashion show at the Four Seasons. She looked like a spirited, glowing princess. She felt like the healthy person I long for her to be. We have put in place your instructions. I realize we have a challenge that will continue to test us. But you have given us a fresh start. And I’m more grateful than you can imagine.
Anonymous

You are the best! No pain at all in groin area- I’ll send anyone to see you when they problems.
Thanks again, Kathleen K.

Once again you have worked your magic. In less than 48 hours you had me feeling like a teenager.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Sam J.

Thanks to you both. I have walked around a pyramid, climbed to see the Sphinx, went in a hot air balloon, which was some feat (you have to climb a ladder to get in and out), went to the Valley of the Kings, and walked almost 3 hours in and through the Temple of Karnak, and up hills to Abu Simbel. Everything else is frosting on the cake. Thanks again.
Davida W.

I was so excited to hear that Dr Wolff was going to have a website and that I could let everyone know about my experiences with Dr Wolff and those wonderful people he works with. Four years ago, when I started the process with doctors trying to get rid of my pain, I was sent to Dr. Wolff by my primary care physician. He helped me initially with injections and many other treatments while working towards finding a way to end my pain. He got me set up with a surgeon who, in hopes of solving my problem, removed my coccyx and part of my sacrum. The surgeon warned that in his experiences, the procedure would not end my pain. Unfortunately, he was right. When the surgery failed and I finally understood that I would not have a miracle cure, Dr Wolff took the time to listen to my worries and worked WITH me (instead of telling me how I felt — like so many other doctors had). He helped me get my life back by finding the right treatment plan and now I look forward to each and every day with my family. Gretchen, Dr. Wolff’s PA, is fantastic and the office staff really takes the time to get to know you and make you feel comfortable.

Thank you, Dr. Wolff.
Sincerely, Jennifer K.

We couldn’t be more pleased with the treatment we received from Dr. Wolff and his staff. Everyone–the doctors, physician assistants, nurses and office staff–treated us with the utmost kindness, compassion and respect.

The staff accommodated us with emergency appointments, and were always considerate of the fact that our visits require a 180-mile round trip drive from Payson. Dr. Wolff did an amazing job at diagnosing and treating my husband’s pain (after a car accident); when he wasn’t available, his assistants offered the same professionalism and expertise. My husband is now pain-free–and with minimally invasive treatment.

Dr. Wolff’s knowledge and his philosophy of finding the best possible, least invasive treatment was a great relief to us, both literally and all other ways. He is excellent at what he does. Our thanks also goes to the book-keeping staff who patiently helped us with insurance and Medicare. They handled our case with consideration and understanding, while waiting for a long-delayed settlement.

We highly recommend Southwest Spine and Sports for its excellent medical and technical skills and for its outstanding customer service.
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony P., AZ

I have had pain throughout my body since I was a teenager due to scoliosis and arthritis. In May of ’06 I had extreme back surgery, but still had significant pain. I was referred to Dr. Michael Wolff in May ’07. Because of his superlative care, his knowledge and willingness to try numerous medications and therapies, I am now getting my life back. He is devoted to his patients and relentless in making a difference in their health.
Vinceanne C. Scottsdale, AZ

Let me say that I am extremely happy with and very grateful for the results I have had as a result of your care. It is only with your help that I have been able to pursue two things important to me…downhill skiing and a general fitness program. You and your staff have always been a pleasure to work with.
Sincerely, Jerome L.

After 10 years of back pain, I thought I would have to “just live with it”. Dr Wolff, with compassion and expertise, worked with me and on me until I was pain free! This is something I never thought could be achieved.
Thank You so much Dr. Wolff!
Elie S.

I can’t find enough words to let you know how much I appreciate a doctor like you that actually cares about his patients. You have made it so I can enjoy my life again. I am still about 90% better than I was before I came to see you. Your staff is the best! Not only friendly, but caring! Love you all!
Ruth W. (Florida)

I want to thank you for all the help you have given me in the area of pain control. You have made such a difference in my life. It’s good to know I have you to turn to.
Thank you again, Denise S.

Thank you so very much for all the kindnesses shown to me and my family in the past weeks. I feel fortunate, or blessed, as I like to say, that I have been able to come to you as my doctor. I’ve had complete trust in you. Your staff members are excellent, too, from the girls at the desk in front, who greet with a smile (and that helps!), to the nurses and people in the back. My thanks to all of you.
Sincerely, Carolyn W.

Thank you, thank you, for being so very kind, and at the same time alleviating the pain in my back. I find you to be an excellent doctor & will mention you often.
Sincerely, Bev C.

Thank you for putting the joy back in my life. You and your staff are awesome. No More Pain
Jo B.

Just a few thoughts I wanted to express to you that I had after my office visit with you. As I told you, the decision about what to do for my left hip pain has been a difficult one for me. It seems that such a personal decision has been a hard one to make notwithstanding my educational level and my 24 years on the Industrial Commission bench. Maybe the forgoing makes it more difficult, I don’t know. Nevertheless, I want to tell you that it was great help, and reassuring, to me to know that you think I am making the right decision. Thank you for sharing your views with me.

I look forward to seeing you down the road, either on an industrial claim, or for other old age aches and pains that I may have.

Thank you again for you help and advice.
Very truly yours, James O.

Greetings to all,

Thank you for your great care. I was able to take this trip [postcard from Greece]! With no pain!
Margaret W.

I wanted to personally thank you for treating Edhem. I sincerely hope that I will have the opportunity to work with you again in the future. Youa re a kinda person and caring physician- I wish you and the “Wolff Pack” the very best.
Amy M. & Edhem M.

I would just like to tell you how much I appreciate your patience and professional behavior. It has taken a long time to really find out what was wrong. It has taken its toll on me, but hopefully now we have a path on how to correct it. Please don’t mistake my anger; it is only frustration. I have been more than happy with your treatment. I have been told since I got here that Arizona doesn’t have a very good medical field. I don’t think you have treated them. Your knowledge of my problem has been a great benefit to my understanding of this problem. I don’t think people realize how much of your off duty time goes into researching your field. I might only be one person, but from the bottom of my heart, thanks.
Sincerely, Dean S.

I would like to say thank you for your time, knowledge, and experience with back problems of mine. My attorney told me how good it was for what you had to say in the hearing of the case about my back & the company that I used to work for. If and when I have any problems with my back, the company that I used to work for has to pay for all of my medical bills, because I got the judgment & award ruling in my favor.

“Thank you very much.” I really appreciate your help.
Todd C.

I’ve never written a letter to one of my doctors before, but I want you to know how grateful I am for the care you’ve given me over the last year. In your gentle and empathetic way, you listened to me and help me through one of the toughest years of my life. God bless you for your patience and your skill. My life is better for having known you. Thank you.
Love, Debbie L.

I really appreciate all that you have done for me. Your skills are matched by your “bed side manner.” Thank you!
Roger H.

With deep gratitude I send my thanks to you and your staff. Your help during the painful hours of my misbehaved sacroiliac joint was so appreciated.
Respectfully, Danielle S.

Thanks for your “kind and open” treatment!
Sincerely, Terry

Thanks for giving me my life back!
Rog H.

I truly appreciate the favor you are doing for me today. You are a superior doctor and an extraordinary human being. May God bless and keep you.
Fondly, Sandy W.

Thank you for all your help. I truly appreciate it!
Sincerely, Germaine K.

I just wanted to thank you for both your kindness and empathy every time I came to your office! You guys are the best! And I’m sure I’ll be talking to you soon!
Donna P.

I had a wonderful experience. Dr. Wolff and his staff listened and addressed all my concerns. After my injections I felt 100% better!!!
Linda V.

Pain is a symptom that creates confusion, nasty disposition, and reactions difficult to describe. That was how I was far too long a period. When Dr. Wolff first treated me for this condition, I was apprehensive. I had been to the Mayo Clinic and was told to take 2 Advil. I was given a shot of cortisone and sent home. The pain persisted. After one epidural with Dr. Wolff, 90% of my pain was gone. I cannot praise Dr. Wolff and his expertise enough for the relief I now have. Thank you!
Sincerely, Ralph B.

It has been 2+ weeks since you administered two injections – a hip and an epidural – to me. The result of these injections is that I have little to no pain in my right groin, the lower back pain, and accompanying sciatica is spasmodic, and the hip socket pain has been reduced by about 50%. The latter remains the primary source of my immobility and pain.

I imagine I am headed for surgical intervention in the future, but your treatment has been a great deal of help in the mean time. I realize that you fit me into your busy schedule at your inconvenience, and I appreciate your kindness.
Regards, Judith A.

PRP Therapy

Stem Cell / PRP Treatments

I am a 71 year old male.

I had bone on bone in both knees. In 2015, on two occasions I had cortisone injections in both knees with minimal success. I was not happy with the results.

A friend told me about Southwest Spine and Sports. I got an appointment with Dr. Wolff and Dr. Lee to discuss stem cell injections.

Before committing to the stem cell treatment, I consulted with my family physician.  His opinion was that as long as the stem cells are obtained from my body, there was very minimal risk to this procedure. The down side is it is not covered by insurance.

I had stem cell injections in both knees on April 21, 2016. Right after the treatments, mobility was quite limited. I used a walker and cane for about two weeks. However, after two months, I could play pickle ball for two hours while wearing prescribed braces on both knees with a pain level that did not exceed level 1.

I had plasma rich platelet injections August 24, 2016. Dr. Wolff explained this procedure as fertilizer for the stem cells.

Immediately after the PRP injections, pain again was severe and physical activity was limited. Five weeks after the PRP injections, pain has returned to level 1. I can again be physically active on my feet for several hours with very minor pain.

I do not know how long this will last, but so far I am pleased with the results.

— Jack L.
Chandler, AZ

Dr. Wolff is one of the most caring individuals I have come across. I developed a terrible case of plantar fasciitis in my right heel. I went to see Dr. Wolff and he took the time to get to know me, my habits (hiking), pain levels, “fears” (injections), etc. After a cortisone shot proved ineffective, we decided on going through the “Platelet Rich Plasma” therapy (PRP)… and knowing my intolerance of pain with injections, he also performed what is called a tibial block injection… making it so I had absolutely no pain with the PRP injections. Needless to say, I am on my way to recovery and hoping to be back to hiking within the next few weeks. Dr. Wolff is an amazing physician, an amazing individual, and one who I strongly recommend!

— Gary W.

Dr Wolf,

It has been 60 days since my PRP injection process to repair the 90% tear in my rotator cuff tendon.  I couldn’t be happier!  I am back to lifting weights, playing golf, doing pushups and pull ups – and all with no pain.  I was skeptical that surgery might not be necessary in my case.  But your process saved me many months of recovery from the traditional surgical process.

Thanks for convincing me to try PRP,

Terrence S.

lisa-d

“I am 56 years old and have had 2 low lumbar surgeries in 3 years. Chronic pain persisted so I began receiving cortisone injections. The first shot worked for 6 weeks but the 2nd shot started to wear off after 4 weeks. In lieu of a 3rd cortisone injection, I opted to try a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure. I was exhausted from pain and pessimistic. Relief from PRP was not as immediate as cortisone, but improved daily. Within one week the pain was 85% better and nearly 100% better at the end of the first month. I am in complete awe. There are no words to describe my gratitude and I encourage anyone with chronic pain to give [PRP] a try!”

— Lisa D.

Dear Dr. Kumaraswamy:

I started seeing you for treatment of back and hip pain in November of 2011 and continued appointments with you through January of 2013. The treatments included seven or eight injections to the hips, bursa and sacroiliac. Finally, in January of 2013, a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment was administered to the left and right bursas. I wanted to let you know that since the PRP procedure, I have been feeling much better…less pain and discomfort throughout my lower back and hips. I have had a “flare up or two” but on balance the past twenty-one months have been much better for me. Shortly after the PRP procedure, I started my walking program again and have consistently walked 1.8 miles a day four or five times each week. Obviously, I can’t know exactly the reason for the improvements but Monte and I think the key was the PRP treatment. We thought you should know of the results so if there is some medical study about the effectiveness of treatments in conditions like mine, this could be used as a testimony for it.

Both Monte and I thank you for your perseverance and patience while treating me. We moved back to Minnesota in July of this year and won’t be available to “drop in” and thank you in person. We wish for you continued success in your professional career and good health and happiness in the years ahead.

Sincerely yours,
Eveline A.

Dear Dr. Wolff, I had a PRP injection several years ago for a hip condition on the advice of a surgeon and it worked very well. When I was diagnosed with costochondritis it seemed like the best thing to try. After two weeks I had no pain at all!
— B.C.

I had been suffering from Achilles tendinosis for about 2 years. Physical Therapy did not solve the problem. Dr. Lee did PRP therapy (2 times) and it worked fantastically. Insurance does not cover this treatment and the cost was about $700 to have both tendons done each time but it was very clearly explained and for me worth every penny. I expect to have to have it redone periodically but it was nothing short of miraculous. I will be back when they need to be done again but my life is much better because of this group and specifically Dr. Lee.

Marjorie G.

I have consulted many doctors in my last 15 years as I have battled debilitating back pain that has affected my personal and professional life plus the constant frustration of trying to keep HOPE alive that there is a great Doctor out there that would spend the time, emotional effort, and have the professional experience to get me back to “living” once again. I finally found that Doctor in Michael Wolff ……..and yes, I have visited MANY of the Top Docs in this town specializing in Pain Management and Sports Medicine and there has been no one else that has gotten the results I have experienced with him; his secret…… he “Listened” and didn’t rush to hand me pain meds, but worked on the underlying causes using a variety of well placed Injections, PRP Therapy, nerve ablations, etc. which has resulted in serious improvement in my back, leg, and knee pain. My life has changed dramatically in quality and ability to do more of the activities I enjoy. As for his staff, how do you rate an A+ team any better! He surrounds himself with top notch professionals like himself that truly care about your quality of life.

— Mary M.

Dr. Wolf, Thank you so very much for helping me to relieve the pain and regain the strength of my right arm. The PRP injection worked so well that I have almost no pain and my function is 85% better than before the procedure. Thank you for doing the PRP injection for me! Your office staff was professional and friendly, it was a pleasure to be a patient at Southwest Spine and Sports. Thanks again.

—Eric P.

At almost 90 years old one expects to have some pain… that changed last March with too much of a work out at the gym! After chiropractor manipulation offering some results, we turned to Dr Wolff. We went ahead with PRP treatment and several weeks later some Physical Therapy. My mother is back to being fit, no pain, no need of a second injection, as we originally thought, and soon will be back in the gym. Dr Wolff did not over promise, was realistic with us and the end result is fabulous. I expect my mother to be without pain for many years and if we have any problem will be right back to Dr Wolff, but hopefully not too soon!

Magda B.

I wanted to tell you how happy I am with the treatment I received from Dr Wolff and his staff- The PRP injection put me back in the saddle again- I was able to finish a 75 mile endurance ride on my horse this past November and several 50 mile rides since then with no pain in the “butt” so to say, due to my torn glut muscle. Dr Wolff and his staff are always so great! They take the time to meet with me and explain the options with the understanding that I am an athlete and I like to keep in shape and keep my fitness level high. I recently had my husband meet with them about a knee problem and they worked to help him with options for his knee issues. I strongly recommend him to anyone ! thanks for all you do Dr Wolff and staff!!!! My horse thanks you too!

— Kim A

Dr. Wolff, I wanted to send you a thank you because my right elbow is feeling awesome. I haven’t had this much strength in over 2 years. You truly are great at what you do. Thanks again for the pain free PRP injection.
Eric & Tammy P.

Dear Dr Wolff, I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for me. I am now Back on the field pitching with absolutely no pain at all in my elbow. You truly are the real deal when it comes to PRP. My family and I cant thank you enough for what you have done.
Thanks again,
Colton T.

Called to say she just completed a 15 mile rescue mission at 6000 ft elevation change with a 45 pound rescue pack and had no pain. She wanted to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! She is a fan of PRP, and never expected her knees to feel better than they did before this all happened. She is so thrilled that we helped her. She can’t thank you enough.

Judith B. – Patient of Dr. Lee

I had been dealing with an achilles tendon issue for almost 2 years. I had been to specialists, including a surgeon that could not help me. I went to Dr. Wolff had 1 PRP injection in my achilles and was back to running in a 4 weeks was able to participate in a physical agility test for work about 2 months later. I was limping for close to 2 years, 1 shot later and I was back to normal. Thanks Again.
Steve P.

Thanks to Dr. Wolff my chronic tennis elbow is gone.  I can now use my arm and straighten it just as I did before my tennis elbow set in.  I recommend it to everyone.  Thanks for an alternative to surgery!!

Rebecca H.

Dr Wolff,

I just wanted to give you a quick update on my foot:

My PRP injection was 15 weeks ago today. I resumed running 4 weeks and 4 days after the injection. I started with 10 minutes/day, 3 times/ week and then progressed slowly to 20 minutes/ day, 3 times/ week. I’m now running 46 miles/ week with 6 days of running/ week and a long run of 12 miles. This week I’m projected to total 50 miles/ week and will continue to progress my weekly mileage at a gradual rate. I’ve resumed track workouts, as well with no discomfort.

I’m still tender at times to palpate the medial border of my calcaneus, along the plantar surface (where the original pain was), but with less than 5 minutes of soft tissue work, the discomfort is significantly reduced. I don’t ever feel it when running! I guess that just means I shouldn’t touch my foot since that’s the only time it’s sore!!!

The most significant reason for this update is to tell you that I raced again on Saturday, for the first time since the injection! I did a 5K near Huntington Beach, CA. My time was less than stellar, but it felt so good to register for a race, pin a number on, and get to compete again! I had no idea what to expect for a finish time, since I hadn’t raced in over 8 months and knew it wouldn’t be fast, but I was happy with the result nonetheless and look at it as a new starting point, as I try to get quicker and regain my running fitness.

I wanted to thank you for everything. I know that without the PRP injection, I would not be back to racing yet! Faster results are indeed ahead!!!
Suzy

I have had hip problems for the past 2 years. Every treatment during that time period helped for a little while but was not lasting. On February 1, 2009, Dr. Wolff gave me an injection utilizing my platelets and plasma. The results have been fantastic (90% better).
Sincerely, Ann Q.

This is a quick update on the PRP injection I had in my right elbow at your office early April:

Injection: Very little pain during the injection.

Post Injection: Max pain reached about 30 minutes after injection… very intense. Subsided fairly quickly thereafter. Manageable without medication within 24 hours.

Injection Site: Noticeable swelling and discoloration at injection site. Limitation on range of motion for several weeks. Injection site very tender for 3-4 weeks. In hindsight, I believe I could have mitigated some of the injection site trauma with ice pack treatments the first 48 hours.

Tendonitis: Significant improvement in the condition of the elbow after 4 weeks. I did not do anything with the arm during that period, so we can’t eliminate the “rest” variable from the equation, but the results are still impressive. I played golf at 4 weeks… no pain at all. I estimate 50% recovery at this point. I intend to take it easy on the arm for another 2-3 weeks, and then re-evaluate.

My belief is that a 2nd injection in another 4-5 months might fix the problem.
Thanks again for your help, and give me a call with any questions. Perry

Epidurals

I cannot say enough good things about Drs. Lee and Kumaraswamy. Both handled my case with compassion and professionalism throughout my journey through two lumber fusion surgeries – the second due to breaking the first. It has been a long road to getting out from under constant pain to again having a life where my daughter has her father has someone who can finally play with her. I have recommended several friends to this practice and have no hesitations doing so with even complete strangers. Don’t live in pain any longer than you must. trust Southwest Spine and Sports to go that extra mile to vastly improve your quality of life. To the entire staff at SWS&S, thank you and God bless.

— Glenn M.

I wanted to thank Dr. Michael Wolff and his staff for the treatment I received. In April of this year, I hurt my back while walking. Don’t know how as I was just walking. The pain started out as a small, intensive pain in my lower left back. Did not think much about it. As the days went by the pain intensified to the point that it went down my left leg into my left foot. When walking it felt like bone on bone. I received two epidurals by Dr. Wolff.

The second epidural did the trick. I’m now free of back pain and have gone back to work. Thank you again Dr. Wolff for the service you and your excellent staff provide to this community.

— Leslie H.

I have suffered over the years with sometime severe pain in the lower back and hips. Within 3 visits to Dr. “K”, I was ready to kick up my heels. I just returned from a 10-day vacation in New York City, and was able to walk up subway stairs, run to catch a train, etc. I WILL be making an appointment soon so I can continue to live a normal life. I am 74 years and have not been this mobile for decades. KUDOS to Dr. “K”!
— Carole N.

First, let me say that Dr. Wolff is the best! I have been dealing with back pain most of my life (I’m 52) and since 2007 some severe back pain. I’ve been to numerous Dr.s but none of them did very much for me. Most Drs. immediately go for surgery but not Dr. Wolff. He has been treating me with Epidural shots and sending me to Physical Therapy and the results have been awesome. I would recomend Dr. Wolfe to any one dealing with back and spine problems. Oh and by the way, The staff at SWSS are awesome!
— Sincerely,
John F.

I would like to take a moment to say a sincere “thank you” to Dr. Wolff and his wonderful support staff. Your treatments have resulted in major improvements in the quality of my life. Thanks to your epidural spine treatments my degenerative spine disease has remained under control and has eliminated any thoughts of having major back surgery any time in the near future.

The injections have done a fantastic job of eliminating my lower back pain. The epidurals have been so effective that typically I can go 5 to 8 months without ever reaching for an “over-the-counter” pain reliever let alone a prescription drug.

Let me give anyone considering trying epidural injections a very important piece of advice: Don’t give up on epidurals if the first injection doesn’t result in totally eliminating your pain. Sometimes the location point of the injection has to be adjusted slightly to be truly effective. My advice is: Don’t give up if the first injection doesn’t totally eliminate all discomfort. A small change in the injection point can have fantastic results. So, don’t give up if the first treatment isn’t 100% effective. The next procedure may be the one that eliminates your pain for many months. I can promise you this: the professionals at Southwest Spine & Sports won’t give up on you if you won’t give up on them. A little patience can result in a major improvement in your health and your outlook on life.

— Warren T.

I want to thank & recommend Dr.Lata Kumaraswamy. After enduring severe lower back pain for several weeks, I went to Dr. K. She suggested I have an Epidural. A year ago I had the same problem. Dr. K did an Epidural at that time. I felt nothing during the procedure & my pain was immediately gone. I just did the Epidural again, with similar results. I am pain free thanks to Dr. K. She is great!

—Bernadette M.

I have been seeing Dr. Wolff for a few years now and his epidurals have changed my life. I have spinal stinosis and was in severe pain in the rear of my thighs and since I’ve been his patient, I am a new man. The treatment usually lasts 6 to 8 months. When I notice a bit of a relapse, I call and am usually taken care of right away. My wife says that after my treatments, I look and act 10 years younger. This has been the most helpful and successful treatment of my life.

Many thanks to the incredibly talented Dr. Wolff

— David L.

After 6 weeks of constant pain consults with an ortho doc & BNI, it was decided that the best course ot action for me was pain management. When my wife, an OR nurse, heard this she made an appointment with Southwest Spine & Sports. I was able to get an appointment right away. The staff is professional & courteous. Dr. Jones spent quite some time going over the MRI with me and discussed a treatment plan.

The procedure was scheduled for the following week. I was amazed that procedure itself only took about 15 minutes & was virtually painless. I was able to sleep that nite for the first time in weeks.

Thanks Dr. Jones.

I’m no fan of medical procedures and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I lost some sleep thinking about having it done. From what I know now I wouldn’t think twice about having it done. If you’re in pain & they tell you this will help like the commercial says just do it.
Carl L.

I am a recent Arizona transplant from California. I was receiving epidural treatments there approximately every 3-5 months for recurring back pain. I was very anxious about finding a new doctor here in AZ. I found SWspine from a relative living here. I chose John C. Jones simply based on the resume info on the official website. As of today, 5 months from my first and only epidural in AZ, I recently visited Dr Jones simply to say I am still feeling pain free enough that I don’t feel we have to do anything at this time. He explained (again) that he found a very very difficult to access niche in my spine for the injection. Based on the fact that this is as pain free as I have been in years after 5 months, he apparently found an area for injection not accessed by my California Orthopedic physician. I simply could not be more pleased with Dr. John C. Jones. out of the 59th Ave Glendale office.
Charles D.

I am so afraid of needles it takes Xanax to even do blood work, much less the idea of an IV and injection in my neck. But it was so worth it! I have lived in pain for over 20 years from damage in my neck from a car accident. It took me 17 years and breaking down crying in the doctor’s office to even get a doctor to believe I was in pain. I have seen several “specialists” in the last 3 years, but Dr. Jones was the first to actually help. He was the first to recommend physical therapy, while it wasn’t a miracle cure, it got me out of the extreme pain and cramping of the latest crisis and made life bearable again. But this wasn’t enough for Dr. Jones. Most days the pain was a 4-6, what it has been for years. He did an epidural/cortisone shot in my neck and 2 weeks later the pain is a 1. I know that due to the damage it will always be there, but it no longer controls me or what I can do. It is amazing to not have to consider how I move my neck and head in every little thing I do!!! Thank you so much Dr. Jones and everyone at SWSS!!!!
Loretta McDonald

I had a wonderful experience. Dr. Wolff and his staff listened and addressed all my concerns. After my injections I felt 100% better!!!
Linda V.

Pain is a symptom that creates confusion, nasty disposition, and reactions difficult to describe. That was how I was far too long a period. When Dr. Wolff first treated me for this condition, I was apprehensive. I had been to the Mayo Clinic and was told to take 2 Advil. I was given a shot of cortisone and sent home. The pain persisted. After one epidural with Dr. Wolff, 90% of my pain was gone. I cannot praise Dr. Wolff and his expertise enough for the relief I now have. Thank you!
Sincerely, Ralph B.

Dear Dr. Wolff,

I want you to know that for the first time in about FIFTY years, after my cervical epidural I am pain free in my neck! I can’t thank you enough!
Ron L

I want to express my sincerest gratitude to Dr. Sherman.

I had been experiencing sporadic back pain for many months, was on pain medications, and finally referred for physical therapy. I was seeing a well-known Physical Therapist who highly recommended Southwest Spine and Sports due to concerns of the nature of damage being other than muscular. Dr. Sherman ordered X-Rays immediately and then MRI’s of my mid and lower back. Upon investigation, he determined that it was mainly muscular and trigger point injections would help relieve some of the muscular tension thus making P.T. more beneficial. The pain lifted within days. I was making great progress and about to be released from P.T. but awoke one morning in severe pain. Dr. Sherman ordered an MRI of my neck. He found some issues which upheld his conclusion of a pinched nerve at the C-6 and C-7 area. Dr. Sherman himself, to determine the exact point of concern, performed an EMG. I am now making expedient recovery from that minor setback due to epidural spinal injections around the inflamed areas, also performed by Dr. Sherman.

My goals were to find a way to relieve the pain so I could get off the pain medication and do so without surgery if possible. Dr. Sherman not only performed the procedures but he also explained every single step along the way in such a comforting manner that this was actually a pleasant experience for me. Due to Dr Sherman’s expertise, his informative vocalizations, and his wonderful staff I am off pain medications and did not have to undergo any major surgery.

I like neither doctors nor taking medications and only go to the best. Dr. Sherman and his staff are highly professional and absolute gifts to the medical profession and definite assets to Southwest Spine and Sports. This meager testimony is a small fraction of the gratitude I feel. I attempted but feel no words can express my experience highly enough.
Rebecka L.

Just wanted to drop you a note regarding the examination I had with Dr. Sherman and procedure with Dr. Wolff on my sore leg caused by a bulging disc in my back. The epidural I received was painless and worked immediately on the pain that I had in my leg for months. Physical therapy helped, but in the end, the epidural was what I needed. Thank you for the relief.

I also just completed an examination on my shoulder by Dr Wolf. Had an ultrasound pinpointing exactly what needed to be done, and finally an injection by Dr. Sherman (a so called rookie) which was painless and I had immediate results in a reduction in pain. Thank you.

At first I didn’t realize that SW Spine and Sports helped with all pain management, I thought it was only spine. Nice to know that you can assist in a non-surgical approach to the management of pain.
Lee P.

I injured my back in a fall and have spent the past three years trying to make it better. I tried physical therapy first with only minor relief and a so-so exercise program. Then I tried epidural shots and a new physical therapist (a really good PT can make a huge difference). The shots and PT helped a lot, but they were not a permanent solution to the swelling in the disk for me. I cannot take anti-inflammatories on a regular basis because they make me ill, so eventually the swelling would come back. Recently, when the pressure on the sciatic nerve returned, I had PDD (Percutaneous Disc Decompression) done to help clean out the bulge in the disk. It is done as an out-patient procedure and was very similar to the epidural shots. The doctor goes in at the same place in my back and cleans the disk instead of performing an injection. I left the surgery center an hour or so later with just two small Band-aids and a huge reduction in the pain. I had one more epidural shot about a month after the procedure to help alleviate the last of the pain and swelling, and I feel great. The new Back Jacket that you wear for a few weeks to help keep your spine straight and remind you to be nice to your back is very easy to use and comes with hot/cold gel pads to fit into it as needed. I am continuing with a great physical therapist to strengthen the muscles in my back and stomach, but I feel better than I have in three years and have returned to work in just 6 weeks.
Anonymous

I am writing this to thank you for giving me my life back! As you know, I was in the midst of true health, walking four miles a day, golfing three times a week, when by some “unknown” movement I ruptured a disc in my lower back. This disc put pressure on a nerve and I was pretty much immobilized. For three weeks I could barely walk to the bathroom, I sat on a stool in the shower because I couldn’t stand for even five minutes at a time. I was on the heaviest pain medication that could be prescribed and took it as frequently as possible. I basically sat in a chair for these weeks.

Then I was referred to your office. You immediately got me into an outpatient center and injected my spine with an epidural. I want to tell you how much I appreciated the staff that worked with me, both in your offices and at the outpatient surgery center. Everything was explained to me and the staff made as comfortable as humanly possible.

After this first shot, I regained some of my mobility and I was able to get off the heavy duty pain meds. I still did not have stamina, and I still had pain and numbness. This necessitated a second shot and within about five days, I was virtually pain free, regained mobility, and the numbness in my leg and foot all but left.

Within a couple of weeks, I was back to walking four miles a day. I wanted to send to you this letter of appreciation for your expertise in restoring my health. I would gladly recommend your services to anyone experiencing pain and or debilitating injuries. Thank you so very much for your time and consideration!
Sincerely, Michael B.

I have always thought of myself as an active, healthy person, with the ability to take on any problem, head on, even under the most difficult of circumstances, and produce a rapid resolution. That was until March 16, 2007, when without warning; my life took on a very drastic and immediate change.

Early that morning, I experienced pain and spasms that ran relentlessly from my left hip to the tip of my toes that was so overwhelming, any movement resulted in even more of the same excruciating pain. With that, I continued to suffer for three weeks, was moved from hospital to rehab centers, from numerous doctors and many MRI’s and there seemed to be no relief in sight.

For those who were willing to help, they knew little of what to do. That was until my wife got me an appointment with Dr. Michael Wolff, who upon the first meeting confirmed that he could provide some resolution and relief to my dilemma by performing an epidural. Considering I had one previously in the hospital, I was very pessimistic of his confidence, although he stated that the procedure I had previously was done blindly and he would perform this one with fluoroscopy, thereby getting the medication precisely to where it was needed. Willing to do or try most anything without any real optimism, I underwent my first of two epidurals. After the first epidural, and to my utter amazement, I was 50% better the very same day. Since then, I have had another epidural and am about 90% better and am optimistic of a full recovery.

Dr. Michael Wolff is still watching over me closely and in addition to providing a medical solution, he also listens and cares. Which I can confirm is considerably more than I have encountered with anyone in the medical profession throughout this torturous ordeal. For that, and so much more, I will be forever grateful to him.
My sincere, thanks and deep appreciation, Lonnie B.

A note of thanks! The 2 epidural injections you did for me worked beautifully! Thank you for your knowledge, skill, and great bedside manner. Your staff in the office and the staff at the Scottsdale Center were also excellent!

Thanks again- Janice B.

This is a small note to let you know how much I appreciate your expertise. With your three epidurals, I have had a considerable reduction in arm/hand pain. That gives joy back to my life. How can I thank you? What a gift to have that deep pain usually gone. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you,

Denise S.

I wanted to thank you for all of your help with my back. Althought the disc didn’t recede, you got me through the first quarter of the med school that I probably couldn’t have done without the epidural. I appreciate you also taking the time to get me into Dr. Harrington’s and getting me in for a 2nd opinion. It’s tough being new to the valley without a primary care physician to help me, which you did.

Sincerely, Jennifer J.

You’ll probably get a good laugh or two out of this letter, if anything, but I had to write to you!

After meeting you a couple of years ago, when you gave me the epidural injections in my neck from an auto accident I was in, during that time I had built a “trust” with you, that you would make sure I wouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure because you knew what a nervous wreck I was! Do you remember that? Good-grief! Anyway, you were right, I didn’t feel anything with my neck epidurals. Even though I was scared to death about having a needle anywhere near my spine. But you comforted me with your words and also knowing you’ve got “the best” reputation in town, I felt that I was in good hands.

Recently, I came in to see you about my lower back. After explaining the horrifying details of my past experience with injections in my low back from another doctor who did the procedure, you told met hings were different now. I wanted to have that same trust in you I had with my neck injections, but my low back was a whole different ballgame! Beause of the physiological damage from the past, it just wouldn’t leave my mind, even down to the minute that I was rolled into the surgical room to have the procedure done back in 1988, I had absolutely zero trust in the doctor that did the fist round of injections in my low back. But unlike that feeling of the past, you reassured me with your words and you told me everything would be so much better this time. I set my appointment to have the injections done.

Let me tell you Dr. Wolff, that week I waited for my appointment, I was a complete mess! I was more nervous than ever! When the day finally arrived, I broke down in my husband’s arms in the waiting room, telling him I didn’t know if I could go through it all again. But he reminded me that I couldn’t be in better hands! He reminded me of my neck injections and the trust I told him I had for you.

Well, it came time for me to go back and get all set up. The nursing staff was incredible! I was beside myself of the wonderful care I received, especially from Barbara. When I broke down again as I waited for my procedure, she came over and tried to comfort me. I told her I felt like an idiot, being almost 40 years old and I’m balling my head off over this procedure! But the one thing that I remembered was when you came out before I went back for my injections, and told me you’d make sure I wouldn’t feel anything… and you were right once again!

For the very first time in seventeen years, I am actually “pain-free” in my lower back! I can’t tell you just how thankful I am to be your patient!! Since my first round of epidurals in 1988 and not experiencing any relief what-so-ever from the injections I had, not to mention the horrible experience I went though, everything was completely different this time! Because I was in the skilled hands of you, Dr. Wolff! I’m pain-free!!! PAIN FREE!!!!! How awesome!!! I can actually sleep a full night now and I can lie on my left side again! I haven’t done that in 17 years!!

Thank you so much Dr Wolff for taking such good care of me and please thank your staff at North Scottsdale Ambulatory, the nurses were out of this world!!
Very truly, Shelly M.

Pain is a symptom that creates confusion, nasty disposition, and reactions difficult to describe. That was how I was for too long a period.

When Dr. Wolff first treated me for this condition, I was apprehensive. I had been to the Mayo Clinic and was told to take 2 Advil. I was given a shot of cortisone and send home- the pain persisted.

After one epidural, 90% of my pain was gone. I can’t praise Dr. Wolff and his expertise enough for the relief I now have. Thank you, your mother & dad – they did good!
Sincerely, Ralph B.

It has been 2+ weeks since you administered two injections – a hip and an epidural – to me. The result of these injections is that I have little to no pain in my right groin, the lower back pain, and accompanying sciatica is spasmodic, and the hip socket pain has been reduced by about 50%. The latter remains the primary source of my immobility and pain.

I imagine I am headed for surgical intervention in the future, but your treatment has been a great deal of help in the mean time. I realize that you fit me into your busy schedule at your inconvenience, and I appreciate your kindness.
Regards, Judith A.

Viscosupplementation

In March 2005, before I knew of your practice, I had a total right knee replacement. Most people I know need to have the other knee done within a year of the first. Thankfully I found you and your center, and Synvisc shots. Three and a third years later, my other knee is pain free and no surgery is needed. This last set of shots have lasted almost a year so far. Amazing!! Thanks so much!

Dr. Joya J., Scottsdale

Joint Injection

A note of sincere appreciation for the excellent care we received from you, you are very thorough, a great listener and have a wonderful smile. 🙂

It has been 2 days since my cortisone injections and I am so hopeful that my reduced pain continues. I totally over-did my standing and socializing at Lindsay’s Thursday evening celebration, but was more sensitive yesterday. I am cautiously optimistic that some relief will continue.

Unfortunately, you haven’t seen the last of us as patients. Thankfully we ‘found’ you!

Best to you – Nancy (and Brad)

I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know how things turned out since I last saw you for my 2nd cortisone injection last July. If you recall, I was having some irritation/aggravation issues in my anterior tibialis muscles. I am happy to let you know that my training went very well for the following six months. My leg held up in the face of 85 mile weeks and I just finished the Rock and Roll Marathon this past Sunday here in Phoenix with an official time of 2:56:56 for 83rd place overall out of 6419 total finishers (and top 20 AZ finisher!). This is 6 minutes faster than my previous best. Thanks for all your help and should I need your help again in the future, I won’t hesitate to stop in!

Thanks again, Jeff M.

Thank you so much for healing my hip and making it possible for me to move around again normally and comfortably.

In June of 2005, I could barely walk, because of the pain from arthritis in my left hip joint. Most of the time when I went to the grocery store, I had to use one of the electric carts to buy my groceries. You gave me two cortisone shots six weeks apart; after that, I felt great and could walk normally again, as if nothing had ever happened to me. I even entered the Ms. Senior Arizona pageant on March 6, 2006 at the Maricopa County Event Center, in Sun City, AZ and won. I had to model an evening gown, perform a talent, give my philosophy of life, and meet with the judges. I performed, (and still do) for many functions, my favorite being the singing of the National Anthem at a Diamondback home game. The whole experience enhanced my life, and I have to thank you especially, because without the treatments, I would never have been able to enter the pageant.

I will continue to recommend you to anyone who is in need of Sports and Spinal Medical Care.

Sincerely, Peggy B.
Ms. Senior Arizona 2006 and The Arizona Senior America Cameo Club President

Discogram

Dr. Wolff is truly an amazing doctor with such a kind and sweet spirit. He cares that his patient is in pain. I remember the day I met Dr. Wolff, I went home, told my husband and called my best friend and told them that I found Dr. Right. I found the doctor that was going to help me. This came after 5 long years, 7 doctors (over 2 states), countless injections, MRI’s, shots, and incorrect diagnoses. I was told that I just wanted drugs, needed rehab, depression was causing my pain- oh, and that I was fat. If I would lose weight, all my pain would go away- well if I wasn’t in so much pain, I would be working out in the first place. I started coming to Dr. Wolff’s Tempe office and it took some playing around and figuring out what worked and didn’t work. I had the discogram done- not on the top 10 things to repeat in life, but it provided the information we needed. I know that I did have spine problems and that it wasn’t in my head like the other doctors said; it was in my back.

I am very pleased to report that Dr. Wolff has been wonderful and I am under good care. I am now down to about 3-4 out of 10 on the pain scale, whereas before it was 8 out of 10. Big improvements. I can play with my kids, do things I haven’t in years, and I feel better than I have in years. Words can’t express my thankfulness to Dr. Wolff. I always have to give him a big hug- he is the most wonderful doctor and I am so thankful for him- daily. By the way, I am down 25 lbs. and going to the gym 5 days a week, thanks to Dr. Wolff and his supportive staff.

Anonymous

Radiofrequency Ablations

Dr. Wolff,

I am grateful for your help and expertise. I have been pain free since my nonsurgical Radiofrequency Ablation treatment on the right side of my back at L2 through L5. I now play golf with no disabling back pain.

Thank you & God Bless,

Bill R.

I would like to tell you how pleased I was with Dr. Wolff and his office staff.

I was having extreme stabbing pains in the left and right side of my back for several months. It would take my breath away, from the pain, when it happened.

I had an orthopedic exam, x-rays and an MRI which ruled out my hips and I was referred to Dr. Michael Wolff at the Southwest Spine & Sports for pain management.

I was unable to sleep at night on either side without hurting, and then hurting every time I turned in bed. I was unable to ride in a vehicle without every bump or manhole cover hurting my back.

After examination and review of the MRI, it was determined to do RFA’s (Radio Frequency Ablation’s) on each side of my back at L1 through L5. This helps stop the pinched nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.

Since the two procedures, on February 12th and March 9th, I am now able to stand straight while walking. I can sleep without pain. I can ride in a vehicle without the bumps hurting my back any longer. I no longer am getting the knife like stabbing pains in my back.

Dr. Wolff is friendly, caring and a great doctor. His staff are all friendly. The staff at the surgery center were very caring and friendly also.

He is now seeing my wife for pain management for a torn muscle.

I appreciate the pain relief he was able to provide me.

Sincerely,

Eugene S.

I have been going to Dr. Wolff for over five years with lower back pain. He has taken care of reducing the pain for long periods of time. He has completed both epidural and Radiofrequency Ablation to eliminate my pain. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is having back pain. His staff is also very friendly and meets all of my expectations.

— Jay J.


Dear Dr. Wolff,

July 2, 2014. After a cervical fusion in 2003, I developed frozen shoulders. Since that time I’ve had excruciating pain radiating from my left scapula to my neck. Years of trigger point injections received elsewhere were hardly a “fix.” My late neurologist gave me your name, and I am ever so thankful. I am now two months post radio frequency ablation and virtually pain free from that particular pain… that horrific stabbing pain that I experienced multiple times a day and literally had me yelling every day for years, is for all practical purposes GONE. I feel very fortunate to have such a gifted, dedicated, and caring doctor. Bless you and your amazing staff!

— Cynthia B.

Back in November 2012, I had two radiofrequency ablation procedures for my neck pain. Dr. Wolff and staff did a wonderful job. I feel 95% better and ready to play golf again. HOORAY!!!!

—William S.

After receiving RF Ablation on the left side then 3 weeks later the right side of my lumbar spine I am back to my regular activities that I have not been able to do for over 3 years! I had tried Physical Therapy twice, going to a chiropracter, trigger point injections with no pain relief over the years. The RF took about 2 weeks for the full effect and now I can lift my 3 year old daughter, sleep through the night, ride my horses for more than 10 minutes, take long walks and actually do core exercises. I have my life back and thank you for that.

Sincerely,
Tami P.

I was was stiff and in severe pain from three significant motor vehicle accidents. I could hardly move my neck and all my muscles were trying to compensate. I had daily headaches and weekly migraines. I recieved both the diagnostic cervical blocks and resulting consecutive ablations to my right and left neck. I noticed immediately a brightening of the room post proceedure. With each ablation proceedure, my mental fog I had been in had lifted even futher. I also noted that over a few months period all headaches diminished, range of motion increased, and muscles relaxed. I have been pain free ever since and I am very pleased with the results. The staff at SWSS were wonderful and Dr. Wolfe is an amazing physician who was honest about what he could do for me. I reccomend him whenever I can.
Kelly A.

Dear Dr. Wolff & Staff of Southwest Spine & Sports,

This is a long over due Thank You, for giving me my “Quality Of Life” back. The Radiofrequency Ablation procedure has allowed me to finally be pain free. Pain had controlled my life for the past 15 years. At times, I lost hope wondering if surviving my prior car accident years before was the right out come. Pain interfered with my ability to function normally. Prior to the surgery pain made it hard to exercise, be a good mother, wife, friend and eroded my self esteem. Your office is designed to help the patient with all problems that pain causes in the same location. This allowed the doctor’s to communicate better and convenient for the patient. The staff was superior from the moment I walked thru the doors from Catherine at the front desk, the nurses, Dr. Wolf, Gretchen Post, Dr Breus the sleep doctor and Dr Griggs Acupuncture.

The Radiofrequency Ablation procedure was painless and with almost “NO” down time to recover. I had been from doctor to doctor for years. No pill helped enough. No suggestion or action made much difference. My chronic headaches and migraines are gone, my neck, back and shoulder pain are almost non existent and my Fibromialgia seems to of disappeared. I sleep well now and I am enjoying hiking and exercising agian. My outlook on life could not be better.

Thank you all for such professionalism, agressive follow thru, the doctors superior expertise in order to relieve my pain and problems. Also know that your sincerity in making me feel you “genuinly cared” was deeply appreciated.
Corre

I have been in pain for many years with my lumbar spine and upon falling earlier in the year, the pain became worse. Dr. Wolff suggested doing Radiofrequency Ablation on the L3, L4, and L5 disk area to control the pain. It has been 3 weeks since the procedure was performed and the pain is gone from that area. I wish I had come in years ago but I did not know anything could be done for the pain except diminishing it with Tylenol and stretching exercises. I am now back to exercising at the gym and doing all of the things that aggravated my back and feel normal again. Thank you Dr. Wolff for giving me my life back.
Leslie H.

On April 4, 2008 you performed a Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) procedure on my right L3, L4, L5 medial branch nerves. I had been suffering from lower back pain for a number of years. I woke up the next morning, and for the first time in years, was pain free. It is now three weeks later and I am still pain free. I want to say thank you and would recommend this procedure for anyone suffering from the same problem. I would also like to acknowledge the staff in your office and at the surgery center. They are very professional and also make you feel comfortable while going through these procedures.
Thanks, Jeffrey S.

Ultrasound/Fluoroscopy

I have always thought of myself as an active, healthy person, with the ability to take on any problem, head on, even under the most difficult of circumstances, and produce a rapid resolution. That was until March 16, 2007, when without warning; my life took on a very drastic and immediate change.

Early that morning, I experienced pain and spasms that ran relentlessly from my left hip to the tip of my toes that was so overwhelming, any movement resulted in even more of the same excruciating pain. With that, I continued to suffer for three weeks, was moved from hospital to rehab centers, from numerous doctors and many MRI’s and there seemed to be no relief in sight.

For those who were willing to help, they knew little of what to do. That was until my wife got me an appointment with Dr. Michael Wolff, who upon the first meeting confirmed that he could provide some resolution and relief to my dilemma by performing an epidural. Considering I had one previously in the hospital, I was very pessimistic of his confidence, although he stated that the procedure I had previously was done blindly and he would perform this one with fluoroscopy, thereby getting the medication precisely to where it was needed. Willing to do or try most anything without any real optimism, I underwent my first of two epidurals. After the first epidural, and to my utter amazement, I was 50% better the very same day. Since then, I have had another epidural and am about 90% better and am optimistic of a full recovery.

Dr. Michael Wolff is still watching over me closely and in addition to providing a medical solution, he also listens and cares. Which I can confirm is considerably more than I have encountered with anyone in the medical profession throughout this torturous ordeal. For that, and so much more, I will be forever grateful to him.
My sincere, thanks and deep appreciation, Lonnie B.

Stem Cell/Regenerative Medicine

Stem Cell / PRP Treatments

I am a 71 year old male.

I had bone on bone in both knees. In 2015, on two occasions I had cortisone injections in both knees with minimal success. I was not happy with the results.

A friend told me about Southwest Spine and Sports. I got an appointment with Dr. Wolff and Dr. Lee to discuss stem cell injections.

Before committing to the stem cell treatment, I consulted with my family physician.  His opinion was that as long as the stem cells are obtained from my body, there was very minimal risk to this procedure. The down side is it is not covered by insurance.

I had stem cell injections in both knees on April 21, 2016. Right after the treatments, mobility was quite limited. I used a walker and cane for about two weeks. However, after two months, I could play pickle ball for two hours while wearing prescribed braces on both knees with a pain level that did not exceed level 1.

I had plasma rich platelet injections August 24, 2016. Dr. Wolff explained this procedure as fertilizer for the stem cells.

Immediately after the PRP injections, pain again was severe and physical activity was limited. Five weeks after the PRP injections, pain has returned to level 1. I can again be physically active on my feet for several hours with very minor pain.

I do not know how long this will last, but so far I am pleased with the results.

— Jack L.
Chandler, AZ


I am a 52 year old female. I have a 27 year history of back problems which includes 2 back surgeries. One of which was a fusion in 2009 at L4/L5. I had 3 discs that were degenerating. I was in pain constantly. The diagnosis was nothing the doctors could do until the discs degenerated more and they fused more levels. Due to my age, I should live with it as long as possible because fusing more levels will only make my condition worse. I would end up with my entire lumbar spine fused. I also have arthritis from the degeneration and 2 back surgeries, a cyst at my facet joints at L5/S1, and scar tissue that causes some problems. So with nothing to lose, I had 3 discs injected with stem cells in February 2014. Dr. Wolf informed me that regenerating the discs would not completely heal me because of the other issues with my back. I understood that.

It has been 4 months since the injections. I have a reduction in pain of approximately 65%. I can walk bare foot now which I could not before because of heel pain. I can be on my feet longer, about 2 hours, before I start hurting. Prior to the injections, I could not be on my feet longer than ½ hour without pain. Also, I used to wake up in so much pain. My entire back would just ache very intensely. Now I wake up, either in no pain or moderate pain. It all depends on my activity the day before. I have not had a MRI since the injections therefore; I do not know what that would show.

Overall, I have a reduction in my pain and the ability to live a more normal active life style. My activities are still reduced from what a totally healthy person can do but I feel better and recommend the stem cell injections to anyone with disc problems.

— Penny C.

A little over a month ago, I had Dr. Wolff perform the stem cell injections on my left hip. Prior to the procedure, I was in constant pain, unable to find a comfortable position. Sleeping and walking were difficult at best and I could not sit or stand comfortably. I had tried the cortisone injections a few times and found relief for short periods of time. The problem was, I knew that I was only masking the symptoms and not helping my body to heal. I also realized that my level of activity was becoming more and more limited and that was just not acceptable. I have always been a very active person and I was not ready to live the rest of my life in pain. I went in for the stem cell procedure with concerns, but any improvement was going to be better than what I had prior. I was awake for the entire event and had no pain during the harvesting or the injection. It was fascinating to watch the process and to know that I was putting my own stem cells to work on healing my hip. I was home the same day and rested for the next week. No stairs, minimal activity. I continued to follow Doctor’s orders for the next two weeks. I kept waiting for the pain to return after the anesthesia had worn off. It never returned. I was able to sleep through the night with no pain that first night and every night since. I have a slight tenderness still and I would say that I am 80% better than before the injection. I am taking it slow, working with a physical therapist to retrain the muscles and regain my strength and stamina. I am back to walking the dogs and gardening, as well as hiking the hills with my husband. I have returned to the gym and my trainer is amazed. I have no pain. That is the absolutely incredible part of this story. I spent so much time and energy on dealing with pain, it’s a joy to not have that drain on my system. Thank you for giving me my life back.
— Candiss C.

Hi Dr Wolff,
Hope all is well and you had a good Holiday. I wanted to up date you with my progress. So far so good, I think I told you that I am training for the GoreTexs Trans Rockie again this year. I started my training in November just small mileage about 10 miles a week nothing challenging. As of this month I am up to almost 30 miles a week doing a long 12-15 miler once a week. I have little issue with my back just a little soreness from time to time.

I am so grateful that you where able to help me get back on track. I have been taking it slow and steady and it seems to be paying off. I do take 3 advil the night before a long run and that seems to help keep any soreness at a minimum. Otherwise I feel great. You are my Hero!!!!!!!

I will keep you updated as my training continues. The real challenge will come when I run 20 mile’s in a day and back to back long runs. I will start doing that kind of mileage sometime around the month of March/April. The race isn’t until Aug. so I have plenty of time.

Thanks again for everything you have done for me.
Chat with you soon.
Carrie

Massage Therapy

Dear Southwest Spine & Sports,

I want to thank you for the incredible care I have received from everyone in your office. I have been suffering from severe neck and upper back pain from a car accident 21 years ago and most recently degenerative disc disease for the last several years. For the last several months I have suffered from episodes of associated muscle spasms that got so severe I could not do even the most basic physical activity.

It was suggested that I try massage therapy to get the muscle spasms under control, so I started going to Ellen Schawelson, the licensed Massage Therapist at Southwest Spine & Sports. After going regularly for a massage the last couple months, what a difference this has made! Ellen is wonderful! She is incredibly knowledgeable about the muscular system and combines that with a multitude of great techniques and just the right pressure.

Thanks to the wonderful massages, I am no longer spending a good portion of my day lying in bed in debilitating pain. I still have a long road ahead in my pain management process, but I would not have been able to move forward without Ellen’s fantastic skills as a Massage Therapist. I can’t thank you for enough!

Most sincerely,
Linda H.

I have been a client of Ellen’s for many years and highly recommend her services. Ellen is a compassionate massage therapist and is keenly attuned to the areas that need extra work. Her professionalism and easy rapport make the whole experience pleasant and relaxing.
— Wendy B.

Ellen Schawelson is one of the best massage therapists I have ever used. Not only is she good at her profession, she is also kind and compassionate to her clients.
— Sandy S.

…I would purr if I were a kitten…felt much better after my massage with Ellen…
— Debbie G.

Best massage ever.
— Judy S.

After years of back problems and using many different massage therapists, I found Ellen Schawelson to be the very best. She has helped me a great deal. She is definitely top of her field.
— Ron A.

Ellen Schawelson gave me a fantastic massage. She heard and listened to what I wanted and where I was aching. Her touch is firm, yet gentle and soothing. Not only is her technique wonderful — she also exudes a calmness in her voice and mild mannerism.
— Michele K.