Dancing and Running Pain-Free Five Weeks After Surgery

Rachel Woodard tried chiropractors and regular MRIs but still couldn't work or walk. Then an Upright weight-bearing MRI revealed two bulging discs. Now she's dancing and running again.

My name is Rachel and Dr. McCord is my savior. I was in so much pain before, couldn’t work, couldn’t bend, couldn’t even hardly walk. I went to a chiropractor and he did a traditional recumbent MRI and it came out negative. They couldn’t find exactly what was going on because it was just a traditional MRI. When I came to Dr. McCord we did an Upright MRI, which shows the weight bearing down on the spine. It showed two discs that were bulging, along with degenerative disc disease that was not noticed by a traditional MRI.


I put off back surgery for ten years. I thought I was too young to have surgery, I thought there were other options out there. But in speaking with Dr. McCord he was just so reassuring, so calming, I put my trust in him and made the right decision.


I put off back surgery for ten years. I thought I was too young to have surgery, I thought there were other options out there.

We saw what needed to be done, he explained everything to me in detail. I’ve been working with Dr. McCord for almost 12 years now, so it was easy for me to understand everything he was saying. I work in surgery with several different surgeons, and I work mainly with spine surgeons. I chose Dr. McCord for my surgery because I trust him and trust in what he does. His patients always seem to do very well and speak highly of him. He has a great bedside manner. I couldn’t have chosen a better doctor.


He took me in, did surgery, and it’s just an amazing feeling to not be in that pain anymore. Five weeks later I was out dancing, having a great time at one of my best friend’s wedding, wearing some major stiletto heals and it was great! It’s been a year now and I am still doing amazing. Each day is great, I can bend, walk...things I couldn’t do before. I’m back running a year after my surgery. That’s my favorite time out on the road running. I’m very thankful for Dr. McCord.


Five weeks later I was out dancing, having a great time at one of my best friend’s wedding, wearing some major stiletto heals and it was great!