Craven: Prevent Back Pain When Shoveling

I’ve had chronic back problems for well over a decade. I had been in and out of physio clinics during that time, basically doing just enough therapy to continue on; Band-Aids here and there. A little over a year ago I woke up in the worst pain I have ever experienced. I was in and out of emergency for a couple weeks and I saw Dr. Williams at Craven and she referred me to a surgeon. The surgeon requested an MRI, which was a few months later. I was 31 and couldn’t really walk, bend, clean, get my own groceries, or do anything “normal” for months. There was nothing I could do that didn’t involve horrible pain. When the MRI results came back, they showed that I had four very large disc herniations in my low back. I had to have surgery and was told that I only had a 50% chance this would be able to improve my quality of life. Six or eight weeks after my surgery, I was able to start physiotherapy. I worked mainly with Michelle, PATIENT SPOTLIGHT STAFF SPOTLIGHT Hear What Our Patients Have To Say!

Chris, Bree, and Kelsey a few times.” to replace the second sentence. I worked mainly with Michelle, Chris and Kelsey a few times. I cannot express how grateful I am to have had them all help me. In past years, I would have likely done the absolute minimum amount of work because I had better things to do. That approach was clearly very wrong which is what landed me in the hospital at age 31, with a surgeon saying my back was the worst he had seen on someone my age. So, this time I really

wanted to put in the work. I have been at Craven 3 times a week for over 30 weeks and I really do look forward to seeing Chris, Michelle, the ladies at the front that deal with my brutal booking schedule, and the whole entire staff! The staff at Craven is all around incredible. They care about their work and their clients, and they work so hard and are so knowledgeable. I’ve learned more in the past year than in the previous ten. They have really changed my life. I can do things that I have never been able to do. I’m healthier than when I was 20, and nobody would know that I have had a major back surgery. To everyone at Craven thank you so much. I really can’t believe the past year. I would not have been able to do it without you all. - Kyle Y.

LAUREN TAM “I started rodeo with the Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association in Grade 6, competing in barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending, and breakaway roping. The two events I really excelled at were barrel racing and goat tying. I have earned provincial titles in both, and have qualified for the Canadian High School Finals as well as National High School Finals in both events. Rodeo has given me the opportunity to travel to places I likely never would have gone, such as New Mexico and Wyoming, and has allowed me to meet so many amazing people from all over the world. What I love most about rodeo is being able to form a partnership with an animal that I cannot easily communicate with. It can be frustrating at times but also very rewarding! I haven’t competed at a rodeo in a few years, but have still been barrel racing, and I hope to hit the rodeo trail again this summer.”

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