"Simple activities like sitting or standing for too long caused discomfort in my lower back. Occasionally, there would be a sharp pain in my right hip while simply walking. At its worst, the pain made it very difficult to even turn or get out of bed. I stopped going to the gym as it worsened the situation.
I am now able to do all those things mostly without pain, and the flare ups are much much less frequent. I am also able to finally do deadlifts in the gym, and I am able feel my core get stronger. My posture has improved and I have gained confidence in performing activities that previously were pain inducing.
I had chronic pain in my lower back for 8 months before I saw Dr. Raul. I was diagnosed with anteriolisthesis and had seen multiple physical therapists prior to that, but my pain had recently become more constant. He was able to quickly identify multiple issues that were contributing to my chronic pain and give me corrective exercises that strengthened my core while allowing the injured ligament to heal. Most importantly, he talks through his sessions explaining the logic behind the various muscles involved in the movements. This has helped me massively in gaining awareness of the muscles I had forgotten how to use due to sitting for long hours and general lack of mobility over the years. It is not only helping me with the pain, but also allowing me slowly regain the right posture while performing daily activities. I'm truly grateful for the impact his work has had on my life." - Saurabh S.
Orca Stars are patients who have reached remarkable progress in their goals through collaboration with our providers and who demonstrate commitment to improvement through their efforts in the office and at home. Congratulations, to all our Orca Stars! You rock!