I’m Cara Strickland. I’m a mother. I’m a coach. I have two horses. I love horses. I was riding at 5 years so, you know, it’s something very important to me. They’re very peaceful. I like looking out the window every morning and seeing them out there.

My back pain originated when I had my first son. He’s now 13, so it’s been quite a while ago. And during the delivery I had some complications and really that’s where it all began. I went through a series of injections and physical therapy and went from doctor to doctor to doctor. I went in actually to see a different doctor and when we realized that it wasn’t necessarily a disc issue but it was a joint issue that same day he just literally walked me down the hall to Dr. Rashbaum and I interrupted his entire day. I was a brand new patient, a complete stranger to him and he gave me a big hug and he sat down and he got all the models out and he explained to me what was going on and I had been suffering with this for twelve years I have never had a doctor greet me that way, or take the time to explain things to me the way he did. You know after thinking it over and discussing all my options with them we came up with a plan of what was best for me and that’s how we got to our conclusion of the SI joint fusion.

“It’s obviously with great pleasure that I had an opportunity to review Ms. Cara Strickland’s successful surgery. When she presented it to me this was a young woman with children and an avid equestrian that had to give up all her physical activities, because of what I perceived to be insufferable pain. The diagnosis of sacroiliac joint disruption became apparent after simply listening to her, watching her walk and physical examination,” explained Dr. Rashbaum.

When I realized after everything I’ve been through and I knew that there was going to be some resolution it wasn’t a band aid solution it wasn’t something that was going to come back that I have to come back you know if another month or another two months after the shot wore off or whatever. I knew that this was going to resolve my problem and that I would not have to battle this every day. Putting my shoes on or taking the laundry upstairs. When I woke up from surgery I was pretty groggy. Came home and the first time I remember getting out of bed and not feeling like I had to use my arm to lift my leg out of the bed or can bend over and put my shoes on. That was absolutely an aha moment. I just never felt that pain sense. And gradually I was walking up the stairs and I never felt the pain and I’m kind of thinking you know is this my body? Did they give me a brand new body that I didn’t know about? I’m really looking forward to riding my horses again. That’s something that I just absolutely have not been able to do whatsoever. And so that’s the thing I want to go on a big long trail ride or I want to go on a vacation and go ride through the mountains and I really am looking forward to that.

My name is Cara Strickland I went to the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to find the most advanced treatment options for my back pain.

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