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Years working as a heavy equipment mechanic began to take a toll on Browns Valley resident Chris Hull. In 2007, the 41-year-old began experiencing low back and left leg pain.
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Eleanore - Restored shoulders
At 77 years young, Eleanore Scott has had 26 various surgeries through the years. The two surgeries that made the most impact on her life were bilateral shoulder joint replacements.
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Carmen - A Wood Worker's Dream
A few years ago Carmen gradually began feeling pain in her right shoulder. The pain slowly limited her range of motion until she couldn’t reach up to brush her hair, she couldn’t reach into the dryer and she couldn’t shut the car door.
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Sarah - Making strides at animal shelter
Sarah Super, a semi-retired accountant, has volunteered at the Amador County Animal Shelter for 29 years performing various tasks including walking the dogs, among other things. “I love walking the dogs,” said Sarah. “It’s a big part of my life.”
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Gillian - Gardening Again
The constant kneeling and bending over the flower beds began to take its toll. Gillian experienced severe back pain due to the disintegration of three lumbar discs in her spine. Suffering from bone on bone Gillian turned to pain management specialist Peter Bravos, M.D.
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Mary Helen - The Armchair Traveler
Invited to the Cinque Terre region in Italy for a wedding, Mary Helen Fein and her husband, Stuart Clancy, found themselves resting in a stairwell leading to the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
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Five years ago as Wendy Russell sat on the bow of a boat enjoying being out on the water, two jet skiers roared by, creating a turbulent wake that tossed Wendy high into the air. From landing hard in the boat and breaking two vertebrae in her back, Wendy has not had one day that’s been pain free. Imagine her delight in the new spinal cord simulator that interrupts pain signals and lowers pain levels.
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Jim - Climbing His Way Back
Jim Pink is an energetic guy, so when he began to experience pain in his groin whenever he went up and down a ladder, he began to get concerned.
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When pro wakeboarder Brodie tore his ACL he needed to take care of it quickly and efficiently to get back in the game.
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Kathy - Crashing Into a New Reality
A faulty brake pedal in Fairfield resident Kathy Bassler’s car changed her life in an instant. The mechanical error led to a serious accident that left her physically and mentally shattered, and her recovery was slow and painful. Two unsuccessful hip replacements that followed the accident left her dependent on a wheelchair.
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Gretchen - At sixty, the best years are still ahead
When Gretchen broke her ankle waterskiing on the first day of the season last summer—shortly after she turned 60—she was heartbroken, thinking her days of activity might very well be over.
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Mary Ann - Anterior Hip Surgery Gets Golfer Back on the Green
Mary Ann Chittick had retired and was ready to live life to the fullest when she began experiencing hip pain in 2005. For almost six years the avid golfer lived with increasing pain in her left hip and over time, even the simple act of walking became very painful.
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Mary - Maintaining an Active Lifestyle
For six years, the 46-year-old Vacaville resident ignored the pain in her left knee thinking it would just go away. Finally, Mary decided to turn to Sutter Health for help. After a successful left knee reconstruction, she fessed up to her doctor about something else. While trying her luck on a trampoline at a birthday party, she landed awkward and heard a pop in her right knee.
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Joe - Returns to Active Lifestyle
Between working in construction for 30 years and living an active life-style which included hiking and motorcycle riding, Auburn resident, Joe’s hips were deteriorating more and more each day.
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John - Off the Benchmark
When 60-year-old John was researching his second hip replacement surgery, he was sure of one thing: this time he wanted it done at Sutter. "When you have hip replacement you almost become part of a club,"" said John.
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Connie - New Leash on Life
As Vacaville resident Connie Schilling reached for the leash, her shepherd-husky mix, Molly, jumped for joy. Connie clicked the leash on Mollie’s collar and they went out the front door. While Molly wagged her tail in doggy happiness, Connie grimaced and limped. The pain in her right hip was excruciating. It was harder and harder every day to walk with Molly.
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Dave - Back in the Game
For three years Dave suffered from osteoarthritis in both his knees. It is the most common type of arthritis which causes the cartilage in a joint to become stiff and lose its elasticity.
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Suzanne - Galloping Ahead After Double Hip Replacements
Suzanne’s hip problems began 10 years ago, when at the age of 38, the avid athlete found herself in too much pain to continue her favorite sport of running. She learned she was a candidate for hip replacement but since she was so young, she opted to wait a little longer.
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Porfiria - The Right Moves
Porfiria had to hang up her beloved tango shoes after her left foot began to fail. She tried dancing through the pain but could not override the unbearable discomfort. Eventually she could barely walk.
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Lori - Back in the Game
"The minute I woke up in the hospital, my pain was gone," said Lori, who had been experiencing extreme hip pain from bone touching bone. The pain was so severe she couldn't sit or stand, let alone pursue her favorite pastime, golf.
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Michele - Saying Yes to Life
Michele knows the first part of her story is one shared by countless women and men. She hopes that telling others about her journey will encourage them to follow suit and find the same happy ending—and new beginnings—she now enjoys.
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