Patient Spotlight on Joseph Manjack III

 

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My name is Joseph Manjack III.  In 2000 I was run over while on foot by a vehicle.  Throughout the last 16 years I have been struggling with severe pain in both my neck and lower back.  I have two children that I have missed out on so many things due to my back and neck problems.  In 2016 the pain was no longer bearable.  I was in so much pain that my blood pressure was through the roof.  The doctors thought I was having a heart attack.  It even began to affect my vision.  I haven’t been able to hold a job and provide for my family like I should causing me to have depression as well.  My marriage was falling apart.  I was about to lose it all.  I didn’t even want to live anymore.           

I have always been very skeptical of surgery.  I have heard so many stories of people having surgery and it not being successful causing more pain and problems.  Every doctor immediately recommended surgery but what they wanted to do didn’t make complete since and didn’t seem to have very good success rates.  To be completely honest it scared me to death the thought of surgery. 

My daily life has changed tremendously since Dr. Francis performed the surgery.  First and foremost I don’t dread waking up every morning.  I have lost weight and feel like a brand new person.  I laugh so much more.    

I would recommend Spine Associates to anyone that has any neck, spine, or back problems.  Dr. Francis takes his time and explains everything you are feeling and going through.  He also told me exactly what to expect and how to manage. 

The most valuable aspect of my experience with Spine Associates is that I feel like I am a completely different person.  Maybe the best way to explain is I am back and I haven’t felt like me in so long that I forgot how good being me felt. 

I have seen many other doctors and none of them convinced me nor did I trust or beak it down in terms I could understand the way Dr. Francis did.  I am so very thankful for having met Dr. Francis.  He has changed my life.  Maybe one day I could even go sky diving and Dr. Francis will join me.        

 

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