Officer Garrett Baxter of Washington had always had back problems. “For years my back would go out once in a while,” Garrett says. “I’d physical therapy exercises and would get better again,”he continues. But ‘better’ did not mean that the pain was completely gone. It only meant that his pain was only temporarily managed, with the underlying cause not addressed at all.
A visit to a specialist informed Garrett that the underlying cause of his problem was that he had degenerative disc disease which meant that he had herniated discs. That particular specialist urged Garrett that surgery “was to be avoided” and that continuing physical therapy was the best option for managing the pain.
Then things turned quite bad on Valentine’s Day 2016. Garrett experienced such debilitating pain that he could barely walk, no matter what exercise or physical therapy he did. Knowing that traditional surgery was not for him, Garrett did some research on minimally invasive surgery. His research led him to Spine Institute Northwest and to Dr. Kamson. Dr. Solomon Kamson, an advocate of ‘less is more’ when it comes to surgery, took a look at Garrett’s MRI’s and decided on a course of action. Given the pain levels Garrett was experiencing, Dr. Kamson was astounded that he was even walking.
Garrett had no real expectations for the outcome of his surgery at Spine Institute Northwest, he only knew that given the pain he was in, he needed something major to address it.
After his procedure, he immediately felt better. “I’m better than I’ve been in years,” Garrett explains. “My pain level is zero compared to what I was experiencing before the surgery which was probably a 10.” Being a Deputy Sheriff in a police department, Garrett rides mountain bikes, necessitating that he be extremely fit and able to move around. Officer Garrett honestly states that “he would have lost his job” if he did not proceed with the surgery. “Having the surgery has changed my life.”
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