Anthony Valentino – compression fracture to golf in 2 months!

I’m sure the day started like any other day on the slopes in Southern California, but much to his dismay ended badly. Anthony, an athlete his entire life, botched a jump while snowboarding and landed like this. . . .

A back injury can be a pretty scary thing with, in some cases, a recovery which never ends. . . .

As he was hauled away by the people in red jackets, I’m sure he was wondering when he’d be able to get back on his surf board!
The end result was a serious injury, threatening to put a cramp in his style: a compression fracture to his L1. As he puts it, after eight weeks of initial recovery, he decided change the traditional course he’s taken over and over again after sustaining sports-related injuries. He entered the STARK spinal care program.

Two months later, he was back swinging a golf club!

Prior to a vacation in Belize, he went to his M.D. for malaria meds, and informed him of his injury. He was shocked at Anthony’s mobility. The conversation went something like this:

Doc: “. . . . but you seem to be moving around just fine. Well, if you want we can do surgery or shots if you need it.”

Anthony: So I showed him the xray, he immediately looked at me with a look of dismay.

Doc: “I have a patient that has the exact same break, same age and build as you, it’s been 6-months, and I still can’t get his pain level under control… what are you doing differently?”

Anthony: “Well for starters, I didn’t come to see you first. I went to an orthopedic specialist, got an MRI just to double check what was going on. I then rested for 3 weeks, saw a chiropractor twice a week, and as soon as I could move enough I went to get training.”

Doc: “Oh, so you went to get Physical Therapy. . . . that makes sense.”

Anthony: “No, actual training, like with weights.”

In Anthony’s words, he believes his doctor is re-thinking his approach to medicine! Way to Man Up Anthony! See the pics below of his recovery, in action.

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