Dan:


Shaddon is packing up and getting ready for a big move. Two years ago, she never thought she’d be able to do all this bending and lifting.

Shaddon:

It was pain every step. Literally every step. These are books.

Dan:

Shaddon was seriously injured in a car wreck, blowing out discs in her back and neck. All she cold do was sit in a chair, try to keep her mind off the pain, and hope her grandchildren understood why she couldn’t play with them.

Shaddon:

Your back controls your legs. That’s your movement, that’s your lifting, that’s your life. If you can’t bend over and do something as simple as picking up your grandchild to love on them, it totally interferes with your life.

Dan:

Back pain is becoming an all too common industry in the United States. Dr. Kris Parchuri is an orthopedic surgeon. He says cases like Shaddon’s, where the back is injured in a wreck are not unusual, but he’s starting to see younger patients who injure their backs because they don’t get enough exercise. He says the best way to prevent a back injury is to stay active.

Dr. Parchuri:

It’s core strengthening. Strengthening your muscles in your abdominal area and your low back, and stretching exercises and staying active is the best way to prevent back injuries.

Dan:

Shaddon had surgery to repair her back, but Dr. Parchuri says that may not always be necessary. He says rest, anti-inflammatory medications or physical therapy can help get rid of back pain. Shaddon is now pain free and grateful that her life is back to normal.

Shaddon:

Yay, I do. Yes, I do. I’m very thankful that I have that back, and I’m very hopeful for the future.