Health and Wellness Blog

Studies have shown that  a damaged disc is often the source of low back pain. Unfortunately, the disc is regularly overlooked in the non-surgical management of low back pain. The disc causes pain either because of internal disc disruption (tears in the disc wall, referred to as annular tears), or disc degeneration as we age. 

Walking on a waterbed is just no fun. It’s unstable and you wobble – a lot. That’s how Rachel McCarroll felt when she walked. A 2010 fall injured her right leg and led her California doctors to put a pin in her right femur. The Phoenix resident didn’t feel comfortable from the start. “I assumed they must have touched the muscle,” she said. “Nothing showed up in the MR, X-rays, or anything. After they let me go at the hospital, it still hurt.”

A bend here, a lift there, and next thing you know, two years of pain. That’s what happened to Debra Trindle and her back. The Phoenix resident isn’t sure how she injured her back, but a November treatment with Dr. Michael Wolff, MD, at Southwest Spine & Sports surpassed her expectations.

Walking up and down stairs might not seem exciting. For Carol Kichler, though, climbing and descending stairs without excruciating pain is a daily highlight. Kichler, 73, couldn’t walk up or down even two steps without agonizing pain before September, when she received stem cell treatments in her knees.

An idyllic vacation tour of Italy in May. Lake Como, Santa Margherita, Tuscany, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast. Who wouldn’t want to go? Maureen Anton for one, at least not with Bursitis and Arthritis. “The pain on the top of foot was so severe that it would keep me up almost every night,” Maureen says.

William Shockley has had a lot going on during the past decade: births of two children, transition out of the U.S. Navy, and a lot of back pain. An operations technician at an Arizona Public Service Electric Company power plant, Shockley, 33, first injured three Lumbar discs, the lowest discs, in his back sometime during his Navy service aboard a submarine a decade ago.