The pain was off the charts. Surgery was a last resort that helped get her back into action.
A month before her 28th birthday, Angela Crews was carrying a heavy piece of equipment at the photography studio where she worked. When she twisted to keep from dropping it, pain shot through her lower back.
Angela had x-rays and began physical therapy, but her pain worsened over the next three years. After consulting several orthopedic physicians and a pain specialist, she was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease—a condition that is relatively rare in a young, slim and active person like Angela. She was treated with further physical therapy, therapeutic exercise, electric stimulation, medication, steroid injections, and spinal manipulation by an osteopathic physician. But the pain remained.