Success Story: Avoiding Back Surgery to Return to Marathons

November 20, 2014: Andrea Parada ran her first marathon in her 40s, pain free.  Months later, she could hardly get out of bed, get dressed, or brush her teeth without debilitating pain.

Andrea had suffered a herniated disc in her lower back. Initiatially, she had hoped it would get better on its own, but a few months later, after trying multiple treatment options, she worried that surgery may be her only option.  Not only did she want to return to a pain free life, she wanted to run marathons again.

In this episode, Andrea talks about her love for running, and how her painful injury almost jeapordized that and other aspects of her life. Joining her is her physical therapist, who specializes in running injury management. Not only did he help return her to a pain free life, but Andrea is running marathons again.

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