A Patient Story
This is a testimonial written to praise the professionalism, creativity, and care I received over a 20-month period from April 2017 through November 2018, from Dr. Jason Ferrel. The results at the end of this period have changed my day to day entirely. Dr. Ferrel is a high level professional that his advice and practices are something to be admired. I’m 39 years old and experienced leg pain related to disc issues in my lower back, which started about 20 years ago.
During most of this time, the pain was manageable without medication, aside from a few episodes that lasted for a couple months at a time. At the beginning of 2017, I experienced a new episode, but this time it didn’t go away, no matter what I did (medication, chiropractic adjustments, etc.). When I met with Dr. Ferrel, he reviewed my MRI results and recommended medication to assist with alleviating the pain and to keep an eye on the disc for a period of time to see if it healed. A few months later, I had an injection which helped for 6 months, followed by another injection that helped for a few more months. In the interim, I also did physical therapy, which helped a bit as well. However, during this time, I also suffered from movement restrictions and lost the ability to stand for more than a few minutes. Additionally, I started to lean to the side, at which point I decided to proceed with surgery. I work in an office environment. I informed my workplace about the surgery and that I would need to take off between 2-6 weeks. I personally planned to start working from home after 1 week post surgery.
The surgery pretty much kept me in bed for about 5 days, getting in and out very slowly with assistance, so I could attempt to move around a bit. I took pain relievers which I ceased a few days after surgery. 1 week later, I started to work from home. After 2 weeks I went back to the office and took it easy (wearing a waist belt) but performed all office duties as normal. About 4-6 week later I was almost completely back to normal. The surgery was performed at Orthopedic ONE’s Surgery Center at Easton by Dr. Ferrel and the surgery team at this location. The care, treatment, procedure and surgical results were the best in its class. Before starting on this journey, on a scale of 1-10, my pain was a 9-10. Now it’s closer to 0-1, with the final remnants of pain being addressed during my post surgery physical therapy. I cannot thank Dr. Ferrel enough, he is a real professional.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!