We think of back pain as something that comes with age. Pain may be brought on by the long-term wear and tear that comes with a physically demanding job, or by age-related diseases like osteoporosis. But back pain can impact people of any age—just look at the push in many school districts to limit the amount of heavy textbooks that children need to carry back and forth in backpacks.
Student Mary Halabi knows all too well that debilitating back pain can strike anyone. She herniated a disc while lifting weights, and though she knew right away that she’d injured herself, “I though it was a pulled muscle so I just ignored it,” Mary remembers.
Mary began to suffer from lower back pain that couldn’t be ignored. At first, she just found it difficult to exercise or play sports. Soon though, Mary says, “I had trouble even just sitting through class.”
By the time that she came to the Spine Institute Northwest, the intensity of her pain mean that Mary “couldn’t do anything.” “I couldn’t get off the ground,” she recalls. “I was on the floor all day, it was terrible.
Laser spine surgery helped Mary return to a life without chronic lumbar pain. Just eight days after her minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery, she was back in class. Mary’s advice for those suffering from back pain? Don’t guess at a diagnosis, “get it checked out if you’re feeling pain!”
Listen to Mary’s story, in her own words: