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September 12, 2023
October 2023 The Restorative Report
September 29, 2023
 

Rediscovering Vitality

Sometimes you’re in so much pain, you don’t know how much pain you’re in.”

-- Brian, Fraum Success Story

If someone asked you right now where your pain index was on a scale of 1 to 10, what would you say?

For Brian, one of the Fraum Center’s countless success stories, he thought he was at a 4. It wasn’t that his pain was mild or manageable – it was that he had become so used to accepting his essentially broken condition that it didn’t rate as pain anymore. It was just … the way it was.

When doctors began to rate the pain for him, he tested out at a 9 or 10 – “one step away from a wheelchair."

“I was in pain without recognizing it for nearly 15 years. The last 4 or 5, it was increasing, and I didn’t even make it to noon most days.” Brian had tried all the tricks to get by, or get around the pain, or get through the day. He’d invested in a zero-gravity specialty bed to elongate the spine and take the pressure off his back, but it wasn’t helping.

Brian came to the practice at the end of his rope, like so many facing last resort treatments and high-risk surgical procedures or non-surgical options that are permanently life-altering. When the neurologist ran tests with electrodes sensing for muscle tension, the diagnosis was critical. He was told his only option for relief was radiofrequency ablation, or rhizotomy, a process that surgically burns and “destroys” the nerve that’s sending pain signals.

Only in his 40s, he couldn’t accept that was his only option. “That might have been the end game or next step but how I could postpone that or what were my other options became the guiding force. Hence, Restorative Medicine came along.”

The next step, Brian said, was, “finding a person or a place – and there aren’t a lot of places or people, or even people talking about this. Even when you do find something, they don’t have the whole picture – they don’t have certain gear, or the whole piece, or send you to someone else. It just so happened, Fraum had it all.”

Fraum had the right equipment, services, experts, gathered right here on Hilton Head Island, offering restorative and regenerative treatments traditionally sought after internationally through “destination medicine.” But for many, including Brian, there’s an even higher value component:

“It wasn’t even all the services – it was about the trust. I trusted the people there, so I took a leap of faith.” A leap that resulted in a change of vitality and pain for more than just what he came in looking for. “It started with what can you do for my back, muscular tension, other issues – I looked at restorative medicine and decided, ‘let’s do this’ regarding my back, but I got so much more out of it.”

That’s what Brian and other patients like him most want to tell others who find themselves in a similar position: “If you have any joint pain or degradation, you need to come in, it’s well worth it. Get your life back.”

Rediscovering Vitality

“Sometimes you’re in so much pain, you don’t know how much pain you’re in.”

-- Brian, Fraum Success Story

If someone asked you right now where your pain index was on a scale of 1 to 10, what would you say?

For Brian, one of the Fraum Center’s countless success stories, he thought he was at a 4. It wasn’t that his pain was mild or manageable – it was that he had become so used to accepting his essentially broken condition that it didn’t rate as pain anymore. It was just … the way it was.

When doctors began to rate the pain for him, he tested out at a 9 or 10 – “one step away from a wheelchair.”

“I was in pain without recognizing it for nearly 15 years. The last 4 or 5, it was increasing, and I didn’t even make it to noon most days.” Brian had tried all the tricks to get by, or get around the pain, or get through the day. He’d invested in a zero-gravity specialty bed to elongate the spine and take the pressure off his back, but it wasn’t helping.

Brian came to the practice at the end of his rope, like so many facing last resort treatments and high-risk surgical procedures or non-surgical options that are permanently life-altering. When the neurologist ran tests with electrodes sensing for muscle tension, the diagnosis was critical. He was told his only option for relief was radiofrequency ablation, or rhizotomy, a process that surgically burns and “destroys” the nerve that’s sending pain signals.

Only in his 40s, he couldn’t accept that was his only option. “That might have been the end game or next step but how I could postpone that or what were my other options became the guiding force. Hence, Restorative Medicine came along.”

The next step, Brian said, was, “finding a person or a place – and there aren’t a lot of places or people, or even people talking about this. Even when you do find something, they don’t have the whole picture – they don’t have certain gear, or the whole piece, or send you to someone else. It just so happened, Fraum had it all.”

Fraum had the right equipment, services, experts, gathered right here on Hilton Head Island, offering restorative and regenerative treatments traditionally sought after internationally through “destination medicine.” But for many, including Brian, there’s an even higher value component:

“It wasn’t even all the services – it was about the trust. I trusted the people there, so I took a leap of faith.” A leap that resulted in a change of vitality and pain for more than just what he came in looking for. “It started with what can you do for my back, muscular tension, other issues – I looked at restorative medicine and decided, ‘let’s do this’ regarding my back, but I got so much more out of it.”

That’s what Brian and other patients like him most want to tell others who find themselves in a similar position: “If you have any joint pain or degradation, you need to come in, it’s well worth it. Get your life back.”