Roger had suffered with chronic back pain for years. At first, he could control the pain with over the counter medication but soon, the pain was harder to control. In January 2007, after a very painful game of golf, his family physician referred him to Carolina Spine & Neurosurgery Center.
A careful examination revealed that the years of golf and bending over while working in the year had taken their toll on Roger's back. The vertebrae had degenerated to the point where surgery was the only option. But Roger remained upbeat, largely because of the confidence of the CSNC staff and his surgeon.
“From the minute he (the surgeon) walked into the room and started talking, I felt better. Really, everybody at CSNS was so very encouraging and compassionate,” Roger said.
Several days after the surgery, Roger was moved to Thoms Rehab for a couple of weeks, then returned to CSNC for physical therapy. Under the care and guidance of the CSNC PTs, Roger progressed quickly and was soon strong enough to resume his active lifestyle. Today, his is back driving and chipping on the golf course, as well as puttering in the yard.
“From the minute he (the surgeon) walked into the room and started talking, I felt better. Really, everybody at CSNS was so very encouraging and compassionate.”