When Janet fell to the floor after tripping on the stairs in her Louisiana home, she knew something wasn’t right. After experiencing several weeks of lower back pain that wasn’t improving, she reached out to her doctor and learned she had suffered from a compression fracture in her spine, a broken bone that can cause the vertebrae to collapse and become shorter.
Janet worked with Dr. Jason Smith to learn about the treatment options for her T11 vertebral compression fracture, or ‘VCF’ for short. He performed a kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure to help restore function to her spine. “She did great. She was able to move and came in on her own at two weeks without any sort of independent devices, like a brace or walker. She was back to doing her normal things pretty quickly,” says Dr. Smith. “If someone was going to have the procedure I had and is wondering if they should or not, absolutely have it. It allows me to do the things I need to do,” says Janet.
“In life there are hard things, and there are good things. And they are not mutually exclusive. My story represents a picture of a family that has gone on after tremendous odds were stacked against them.”
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