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May 10, 2010

Back In The Game

Bill Walton, former NBA center and sportscaster, shares his journey about a life with back pain. He broke his back at 21 while playing at UCLA and has undergone 36 orthopedic surgeries over his lifetime.

When his back took a turn for the worse at age 53, he describes the pain:
“I was on the floor and unable to move. The closest that I can come to describe it is, visualize yourself being submerged in a vat of scalding acid, with an electrifying current running through it. And there’s no way to ever get out.”

It was with San Diego Dr. Steven Garfin working with NuVasive, which has developed procedures and tools for minimally invasive back surgery, that Walton finally found relief and a new lease on life. He was so impressed that he now devotes his efforts to the Better Way Back program, a NuVasive-sponsored initiative aimed at providing resources and support for people with chronic back and leg pain.

Welcome back, Bill.

Posted by linda at May 10, 2010 8:17 AM

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