January 2016

Vini: Case for Becoming Your Own Health Advocate

January 4th, 2016|

The beginning and end of my story is no different from many of those I’ve read in “Spine Tales.” Degenerative disc disease of my lumbar spine had progressed to the point where surgical intervention was necessary, and I now live a full life completely free of back pain. What I want to convey in this […]

December 2015

Chuck: Smiling Pain Free

December 16th, 2015|



For 30 years I have been the morning meteorologist at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more than 12 of those years, I have suffered periods of severe neck and back pain. Part of my job […]

July 2015

“I Am Not A Success Story. Yet." – Mary

July 14th, 2015|

by Mary Wyckle, Ph.D.
I am not a success story. Yet. Despite everything, I’ve never doubted my ability to overcome any physical obstacle in my way.
This is where Dr. Brian Subach enters the picture. It is his task to keep me “screwed” together – quite literally. He is my support and my advisor.
My saga began on Christmas […]

June 2015

Miles: The Case of the Pop Can Crush

June 29th, 2015|

My story began on the evening of March 12, 2006 when we experienced a ferocious storm. My wife and I heard water dripping over our heads from the attic.The next morning the storm continued to rage and water continued to drip, so I decided to go up into the attic to find the leak.

When I got up there, I […]

Dennis’ Extreme Obstacle Course Races Post Fusion

June 4th, 2015|

Back Story:
I am an athlete, and my training routine would include things to maintain strength and flexibility.  But as my issue was structural, there was only so much I could do.  The pain was persistent, and it  affected my activities; I simply learned to cope. I would have periods where the pain would become bad […]

March 2015

Bobbi is Back in the Saddle

March 23rd, 2015|

Bobbi’s story is remarkable because she has beaten spinal injuries not once, but three times!  Her story would be impressive enough if it were just about her full recovery after a low back fusion. Unfortunately, she was injured several years later in a car accident and suffered a debilitating injury to her neck.  Another successful […]

Raf’s Road To Inspiration

March 23rd, 2015|

Back Story:
When I was 40, I began experiencing pain in my right hip while training for a triathlon.  The pain became more excruciating – I experienced numbness in my foot, and even had to use a cane for a bit.  Dr. Slosar at SpineCare Medical Group determined that I had a grade 1 spondylolisthesis at S1/L5, a disc […]

Jim’s Will to Succeed

March 20th, 2015|

Back Story:
My head was spinning and my vision was flickering as I lay on the ground hoping to remain conscious following a 15-foot fall from a ladder in my back yard.  After things settled down a bit, I tried to get up but was unable to walk due to the  severe pain in my pelvis […]

Joseph is "Back in the Game"

March 19th, 2015|

Back Story:
In early September of 2012, while training with my ice dancing partner for a national competition, I had a very hard fall, resulting in two broken ribs on my left side.  Having broken bones while training at least seven times before, I didn’t think too much about it and continued our training.  A few […]

Tony’s Triathlons

March 18th, 2015|

Back Story:
I am a volunteer fireman who has been active my entire life, doing triathlons, swimming, skiing, etc.  After a day of heavy lifting however, I began experiencing numbness in my left leg that progressed to the point where I could not walk on my own, and couldn’t even get into bed.  Symptoms became so […]