Back and Neck Pain Patient Stories


Image of Mike McHenry, who's spinal trauma was successfully treated with surgery at EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine and Orthopedic Institute near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Mike McHenry

(spinal trauma)  After a near-fatal mountain biking accident, Mike McHenry defied the odds with a positive attitude and world-class surgical care.



Image of Leigh Ballantyne, whose ruptured cervical disc pain was relieved by minimally invasive spine surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Leigh Ballantyne

(ruptured cervical discs)  Ruptured cervical discs were causing Leigh's pain in her neck, shoulder and arm. Minimally invasive spine surgery at EvergreenHealth fixed the discs, and now Leigh is pain-free.


Image of Karyl Lee Olels, whose back pain was relieved by minimally invasive computer-assisted spine surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Karyl Lee Olels

(back pain)  Karyl Lee found relief for debilitating degenerative spondylolisthesis with minimally invasive spine surgery, assisted by computer navigation, at EvergreenHealth. Three months later, she was having fun at Disney World.


Image of Howard Schultz, who back and neck pain  was relieved by injections at EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Instituate near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Howard Schultz

(neck and back pain)  Cycling was a favorite leisure activity for the busy CEO of Starbucks until it began contributing to the debilitating pain in his neck and back. Thanks to interventional pain treatment at EvergreenHealth, Howard is back on his bike and loving every minute of it.


Image of Christine Simpson, whose scoliosis was repaired by minimally invasive spine surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Christine Simpson

(flat back syndrome) The chronic pain from flat back syndrome sapped Nina of her energy. Spine surgery and follow-up physical therapy at EvergreenHealth was the answer.


Image of Nina Pulliam, whose flat back syndrome was relieved by minimally invasive spine surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Nina Pulliam

(flat back syndrome) The chronic pain from flat back syndrome sapped Nina of her energy. Spine surgery and follow-up physical therapy at EvergreenHealth was the answer.