I first injured my low back in 1978 and went to an orthopedic surgeon that was known by my family. I was placed in pelvic traction for a week and sent to a "back school" and I returned to work two weeks later. I visited the same orthopedist, off and on, for several years until 1984. When I sought out a second opinion, he had discovered that I had a herniated disc at the lumbar/sacrum part of my spine. I had surgery to correct the problem in 1984 and had to have three more surgeries in 1987, 1989, and 1995. All four surgeries were to remove herniations of the discs at various levels and the last two included fusions to stabilize these discs. After the last surgery, the orthopedic surgeon stated there was not much more he could do, but he advised me to exercise, swim and possibly that chiropractic care may alleviate some pain. I have been going to a chiropractor for almost 17 years now and had I known what they are capable of doing, I would have gone to one sooner! Although my lower back was affected the most, the upper part suffered also, that caused my entire spine to be out of whack, so to speak. I have been to 6 chiropractors since 1995. Dr. Brenda has been the best and has given me more pain relief than anyone of the others. I will gladly drive the 57-mile round trip for pain relief and visit her office. Oh, and the hug is nice too!