Patient Success Stories
OrthoIllinois Spine Care Helps Industrial Service Technician Get Back to Life
Richard has a physically demanding career as an industrial service technician. He started experiencing pain in his shoulder several years ago — the pain would come and go. Beginning in the summer of 2012, Richard noticed his upper extremity symptoms worsening. He noticed pain in his right arm and neck along with numbness in his right arm. At times, the numbness and pain would run from his fingertips up to his shoulder blade. As the weeks and months went by, instead of his symptoms getting better; Richard’s neck and shoulder pain became excruciating and the numbness more constant.
Richard went to his general practitioner to find out what the problem could be. His doctor performed an EMG test to help diagnose Richard’s condition.
An EMG or electromyography involves testing the electrical activity of muscles. The EMG revealed that Richard suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome as well as a cervical spine problem.
Richard’s doctor referred him to Dr. Brian Bear, a fellowship-trained shoulder, hand and arm orthopedic surgeon at OrthoIllinois for treatment of his carpel tunnel syndrome. Meanwhile, Dr. Bear referred Richard to Dr. Brian Braaksma, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon at OrthoIllinois Spine Care. Read more about Richard's successful recovery from a herniated disc.