Patient History PneuBack Program
In June 2012, shoulder pain symptoms began in both shoulders. Pain 6/10 intermittent, increased at night, right > left, increased with flexion – 8/10 with flexion at shoulder
December 12, 2012 went to see Dr. Read Neurosurgeon. Ordered MRI, and on the 14th, he indicated ---- 4 cervical discs severe neural canal narrowing. Surgery not recommended as fusion of all segments would be the surgery. Ordered PT.
February 2013: Received PT to include: needling and manipulation. The symptoms centralized and intensified with these treatments. Also tried supine traction and unweighting and re-posturing with Pneuchair. Pain now in cervical spine 8/10. Worse in afternoon. Began using codine for pain.
March 26, 2013: received facet injection from Dr. Pinzon. 80% of symptoms were relieved
April 10, 2013 received epidural to cervical spine. All symptoms gone. Pinzon indicated that the results are likely to be temporary and the next step would be a rhizotomy.
In July 2013, even though there were no symptoms during the day I began to experience pain at night that seemed to be associated with lying position. Pain at 8/10, every night in central cervical spine and shoulders. Now the regular pattern of sleep was 3 hours between 4 and 7AM. Unable to go to sleep due to pain with as many as 3 Codine. Daily pattern now falling asleep in chair in afternoon.
Cardiology work up with normal EKG on 9/27/13, Normal stress test on 10/28/13 and normal echocardiogram on 10/28/13.
10/11/13: went to Chicago and received first treatment of the PneuVibrotrac Table using the PneuD.U.Q., and cervical attachments. I slept all night with out pain after that treatment. Had a second treatment on the 12th and experienced the same results. I returned to Knoxville and slept all night, each of the next 3 nights, then the old nightly pain pattern returned but at 4/10.
The pain gradually began to increase and on the 20th of October I traveled to Sandpoint Idaho, to receive more of the PneuVibrotrac Table treatments. I also received treatment with the PneuBack chair and the PneuWeight treadmill exercise. I received treatments for 5 days in succession. Each night I experienced 0/10 to 2/10 pain level. Sleep patterns began to improve. After returning the Knoxville on the 25th, again experienced 4 days/nights of relief from pain. On the 30th of October, the nocturnal pain patterns returned at 3-4/10.
On the 5th of November received first treatment of the PneuVibrotrac Table, PneuBackchair and the PneuWeight treadmill in Knoxville. Because treatments were now being received 3x/week the nightly pain was not experienced every night when sleeping with a neck roll and no pillow. The occasional very intermittent pain experienced was 2-3/10. Main issue now is not sleeping
On Saturday, the 23rd of November, I injured my neck when straining to separate an electrical cord connection. The pain returned in the evening, constant beginning at 4/10 and growing to 6/10 at night. The treatment on Monday the 25th returned the pattern previous to the injury. Lifting a box (10#) the first week on December resulted in the same exacerbation which was resolved as before.
Sleep patterns are improving. Ben Johnson Knoxville, TN