Kersten's Search for Pain Relief
Kersten, a bank employee, was used to standing for long
hours during work. Thinking her lower back and leg pain was a result of
standing, she switched to a sitting position. Still having pain, Kersten knew
something was wrong.
Referred to a pain management specialist and physical
therapist, Kersten began to receive shots and therapy to help ease her pain.
When this treatment wasn’t working, Kersten’s doctor sent her to the UPMC
Department of Neurosurgery. Experts diagnosed Kersten with a lower disc
herniation and spinal
stenosis and strongly recommended surgery.
Deciding to have surgery to relieve her pain, Kersten’s
surgical team used a minimally
invasive method to remove her ruptured disc and restore the collapsing
bones in her spine.
After a successful surgery, Kersten entered a rehabilitation
program. She quickly returned to her normal life and favorite pastimes,
including a trip to Kennywood Amusement Park.
more about Kersten’s lumbar disc herniation surgery at UPMC.