Kathryn Ballalatak

I first came to Dr. Kramer’s office because of some pain in my back. Sounds like a common story but mine was a little more complicated than that. In July of 2011, when I was fourteen years old, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. My top curve was 50 degrees and my lower curve was around 30 degrees. It was too late for a brace so five months later, in November, I had major spine surgery that included fusing eight vertebrae (from T4 to T12) with two rods and several screws, cutting four ribs to put my shoulder blade back into place and taking a bone graft from my left hip. As a fourteen year old this was quite daunting but by the grace of God I got through it and six months later I was back to “normal”, even being able to continue with my dancing. My muscles, however, never really got used to the change and I often had tight shoulder muscles and mid-back pain. That’s why I went to see Dr. Kramer. He took X-Rays of my back and told me that he firmly believed he could help my case but suggested seeing what my surgeon thought about the removal of my instrumentation. My surgeon told me that since my fusion was complete, I could have my instrumentation removed at any time. He also reassured me that the pain would not be as extreme as my first surgery. My mom, dad and I talked about it and agreed to have my surgery in June of 2013. My surgeon was right; the pain wasn’t as bad and the recovery time was only 6 weeks. It wasn’t until February of 2014 that I went back to Dr. Kramer for re-films. He showed me what my treatment would consist of and slowly but surely I started improving! With the help of Graston (as horrible and painful as it is) the Tens unit, Dr. Kramer’s adjustments and exercises, my back pain has decreased immensely. My scars are also less sensitive thanks to Graston and I see a difference in my dancing and flexibility. I am so glad I came to Dr. Kramer! Thank you Glencoe Family Chiropractic for making me feel better.

Kathryn Ballalatak