“I’m Paul and I’m here at The Disc Institute. Before I came here I was in a car accident and got hurt; hurt my neck, hurt my back, and I was really scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen, I didn’t know if I was going to need surgery, rods, pins, or what I was going to need.
I went to my doctors and I got an x-ray, then I got some MRIs. I didn’t realize how injured I really was. The last thing I wanted to do was have surgery, because I’m scared of surgery, I don’t want that stuff in my body, I believe in holistic type things, I don’t want things in my body that don’t belong there like pins and rods.
I saw the billboard that said ‘avoid surgery,’ and that was exactly what I wanted to do, I wanted to avoid surgery and I wanted to get better. I was scared. I’m an exercise physiologist so I use my body a lot and I need my body and I’m very active. I believe in doing things the right way and not putting things that don’t belong in my body in me.
With this I started out and I was scared in the beginning, like everybody is. The staff was great with me. They really worked with me, I didn’t feel like a number, they really talked to me. During my process of healing there was a time where things got a little bit bad, but Dr. Mannella talked to me and said, ‘This is normal, this is going to happen,’ and they helped me through the whole process.
I’m to the point now that I’m feeling much better than I did in the beginning. I’m just so happy that I made this decision and decided to come to The Disc Institute. I’m looking forward to my life from here out. It’s been a great experience for me and I think it will be a great experience for a lot of you.”