December 30, 2013

Spinal fusion helps patient get back to yoga

Neck, Back and Spine | Patient Stories

In 2000, Lori Coffey had a spinal injury caused by a job where heavy lifting was required. Months later, she had a level three spinal fusion surgery by OrthoIndy surgeon, Dr. Robert Huler. After the surgery, Lori worked hard to rebuild her physical strength. She found that the best way to do that was by practicing yoga. Lori loved it so much that she continued practicing to become a 200 and 500 hour registered teacher.

In 2010, Lori was in an automobile accident where she was rear-ended, hitting the car in front of her.  Lori immediately felt pain in her spine, legs and shoulders, and was taken to the emergency room by ambulance.  As a result of the accident, she had lumbar and shoulder pains.

“The condition started affecting my sleep and moods,” said Lori.  “Being that I am a yoga instructor, the pain began affecting my ability to teach classes so it affected my everyday living.”

When the accident happened, Lori was in complete shock.  She had spent years working hard to regain her physical strength; she felt that her life had been taken away from her again.  However, she knew that in order to get back to where she had worked so hard to be, she had to go back to OrthoIndy.

Shoulder surgery

Lori had both shoulder tears repaired in mid-2011 by OrthoIndy surgeon, Dr. Corey Kendall.

“My experience was great,” said Lori.  “ The entire OrthoIndy staff was amazing. Dr. Kendall did my shoulder surgeries and he is an excellent surgeon.  He was very easy to talk with and he presented the procedure in a way that was easy to understand and made me feel comfortable going into surgery.”

Back surgery

Dr. Robert Huler did Lori’s lumbar fusion in May 2013 at OrthoIndy Hospital.

“Dr. Huler is the very best spinal surgeon one could ever have,” said Lori.  “He conveyed everything that not only was easy to understand but made me feel comfortable with the entire surgical procedure and recovery.  He gave me hope of regaining the lifestyle that was impaired due to the pain.”

Lori is three weeks post-op since the spinal fusion and says she’s doing fantastic.  She is now allowed to do the elliptical, weights and yoga stretches in moderation.

“It’s hard for me to believe that I am three weeks post-op,” said Lori.  “The back surgery has made a big difference.  The shoulder surgeries helped me get back to being able to do more weight bearing postures in yoga and other everyday tasks.  I have both Dr. Huler and Dr. Kendall to thank for devoting their lives to helping me. Namaste (The light in me honors the light in you).”


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Mishay Ellis

By Mishay Ellis

Mishay was the Marketing Intern for OrthoIndy during Summer 2013. During her internship she wrote a variety of articles and blog posts and aided in social media and media relations tactics for OrthoIndy. Mishay graduated from Ball State University in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations.

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