There are so many simple things in life that we all take for granted when we are not living with persistent pain. For one woman, the sheer act of standing and walking, made her day-to-day life very difficult. Too many Americans live in constant pain every day, where it is taking over their lives. At Twin Cities Pain Clinic, we want to help give you your life back. For Sonya, we did just that.
Sonya has been living with persistent pain since December 2017. It hurt for her to stand and walk for long periods of time. Sonya has been a patient at Twin Cities Pain Clinic for a couple of years now. She has been seeing Nancy Cleveland, CNP about a different area of pain. When asked how that was going, Sonya stated that she could barely notice (that area of pain), because the pain in her low back and right hip was so bad, that is all she noticed. That is when Nancy recommended a procedure called mild.
The mild procedure is a safe procedure that can help patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) stand longer and walk farther with less pain. It is a short, outpatient procedure, performed through a very small incision that requires no general anesthesia, no implants, and no stitches. The procedure is typically performed in less than 1 hour and you should be able to resume light activities within just days.
In the past Sonya had tried chiropractic care, acupuncture, exercising, and massage therapy, but nothing seemed to help alleviate the pain she had. The pain
would lessen when she would sit or lay down. Heat also helped take away some of the pain. But, once she would stand or walk for a longer period of time, the pain would be back.
Sonya was nervous at first when Nancy recommended the procedure because Sonya had surgeries in the past and really didn’t want another one. But, after talking with Nancy more about the mild procedure and doing her own reading, she began to feel better about the procedure. Sonya, despite having persistent pain, was very pleasant to talk with and was looking forward to the procedure being done.
A couple hours later, Sonya was dressed and ready to go back home. There was a new twinkle about Sonya that everyone could see. When asked about her pain, she said it was at a 0/10, with 10 being the worst. That was remarkable considering when she walked in she was at an 8/10. She said the procedure went smooth and fast. It also helped that she wasn’t awake for the procedure.
When Sonya was asked what she was most looking forward to after the mild procedure, she responded with, "I'm simply looking forward to being able to walk to the local library, just one block from my house. I love to read and get new books, so that is first on my list!"
Sonya would describe Nancy as a very compassionate and caring provider and that all of the care she has received at Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Surgery Center has been wonderful. She would definitely recommend the mild procedure to others, as it is a great alternative to surgery. Sonya is just one of many patients at Twin Cities Pain Clinic that we help to live a better life with less pain.
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