Colorado Springs Back Doctor Helps Nurse Practitioner Recover From a Broken Back and Discusses the Great Importance of the Spine
My name is Dr. Molly Kallenbach and I own a spine center in Colorado Springs where we naturally rehabilitate both the structure of the spine and the soft tissues of the body (bone, muscles, joints, discs and ligaments).
Let me ask you a question? What is the purpose of the spine?
It's funny; in school, we learn about the heart, lungs and brain, but we aren't taught much about the spine.
The answer I get from most audiences is that the spine is meant to hold you upright, and that is true. But its greatest importance is to encase and protect your spinal cord, which runs through your spinal column. The spinal cord is carrying all communication from your brain to the rest of the organs and tissues of the body. It's a pretty big deal. You mess with your back, and you have messed with your entire body. You will likely need some serious pain relief, and you are choking off communication to your organs.
Does that sound too dramatic? Consider snipping the nerves that run from your spinal cord to your heart. What would happen? Now, what if you just put pressure on those nerves for, say, 30 years. What would happen to the organ?
The mere pinching of nerves has caused patients to lose bladder and bowel control, not be able to get pregnant, experience immune dysfunction, suffer from paralysis, and lose muscle mass (atrophy). The hands of patients suffering from carpal tunnel literally begin to shrink. Pinching of the sciatic nerve - creating nerve stress - can even cause plantar warts on the bottom of feet due to weakening the surrounding tissue. On top of these symptoms, nerve pain reduces healthy movement in the body, and your body literally lives off healthy movement or else it begins to degenerate.
Because this process is out of sight and out of mind, it is easy to neglect and under-emphasize. After all, white teeth and good hair has a far greater impact on our friends and family than a healthy spine. But that all comes to a crashing halt when you begin to feel back pain and neck pain. An auto accident or slip and fall can turn your world upside-down.
This was how it was with Chris Starkie, the star of the video above. Though her husband is a radiologist (Colorado Springs physician, medical doctor) and she was a nurse practitioner at a local Colorado Springs hospital, she rarely considered the health of her spine, until she broke a piece off her spine after falling down the stairs.
No amount of drugs could give her pain relief, and after all, being a nurse practitioner, she knew that there are side-effects to drugs. She describes the pain as being greater than child birth. To find out what she did to recover from her back pain and neck pain, just click on the video above.
And if you'd like to sit down at my spine center in Colorado Springs and talk a little bit more about what you have going on, I offer a free 15-minute consultation. Just click on the icon below.