• Gloria regains her active lifestyle
  • "I'm walking thanks to my spine surgeon." -Justin Wigington, Akron, OH
  • Expert care, close to home.

Gloria's Story

Gloria Morris had always led an active lifestyle. She especially enjoyed going for runs and walks. But about 15 years ago, a back injury that was traced to a bulging disc sharply curtailed her hobbies.

Hoping to avoid surgery, Gloria tried several different treatment options, including physical and occupational therapy as well as over-the-counter medications. Nothing helped and the pain was getting progressively worse. It got to the point where she was struggling both at home and at work.

A colleague of Gloria's suggested that she make an appointment with Douglas M. Ehrler, M.D., a Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center spine surgeon. At her initial appointment, Dr. Ehrler explained how Gloria's disc had collapsed and was causing her pain. He recommended surgery, telling her it would achieve the best possible outcome.

Tired of living with the pain, Gloria agreed. After her surgery was performed, Gloria had just one regret — she hadn't made the decision sooner.

Today, Gloria is able to once again enjoy an active lifestyle, spending quality time with her family. She walks and exercises, including participating in a Zumba fitness program. There is no fear that her back pain will return.

Spinal problems can affect your ability to do the simplest of tasks. The spine specialists of Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center have the expertise to handle any spine problem — from back pain due to a bulging disc to a traumatic injury. Many patients come to the spine specialists at Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center because of their extensive experience and knowledge. Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center was awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® in spinal fusion surgery (1 of 2 in Ohio, 1 of 16 nationally) for its compliance and dedication to the national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.

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