I was working as a chef in Los Angeles. After a really, really long day, I came home and sat down on the couch, and when I tried to get up, I couldn’t.
I went to a doctor and they said I had a left-leaning disc in my back. I don’t’ know how it happened. I went to physical therapy and it seemed to help.
Then I moved to Texas to be closer to my aging parents. When I got here, I started to experience neuropathy, with nerve issues going down the back of my leg. I started to worry I was going to need back surgery. My grandmother had several back surgeries, and by the end of her life she was on enough drugs to put down an elephant.
I didn’t want that. I saw a therapist who also was a patient of Dr. Annette Zaharoff, and she told me in no uncertain terms to go to the Non-Surgical Center of Texas for treatment.
Dr. Zaharoff was amazing, really calm and very firm with me in a good way. She said: We are going to help you. This is what you need to do. Here is how we are going to do it.
When my dad passed away, I still was seeing the physical therapists at the Non-Surgical Center of Texas. The entire staff there was just so considerate, kind and generous in spirit. They really helped me through that difficult time.
I kept going and following the prescription of exercises. Then this strange thing started to happen: I started to have days on end without pain. I started to move more and exercise more.
Dr. Z taught me the importance of thinking about body mechanics and to do things differently to get well, to be mindful of every time I reach in the back of the car to get groceries, or when I pick up something off the floor.
I highly recommend Dr. Annette Zaharoff and the staff at the Non-Surgical Center of Texas. If you are willing to listen, to follow instructions and to be mindful, you will get better.
— Kris McKay