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Video Success Stories

Nonsurgical Patient Success Stories | Surgical Patient Success Stories

Dr. James Delker - Dr. Humphreys helps veterinarian recover from years of back pain.

Diagnosis - Spinal Stenosis
Surgery - Lumbar Laminectomy

After struggling with back pain for many years, Dr. Delker began to experience severe back pain that he could no longer ignore. As the owner of a Soldotna based veterinary clinic, Dr. James Delker spends a lot of time on his feet so he sought the help of Dr. Craig Humphreys of Kenai Spine. He received spinal injections to help relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation around the spinal canal, but the injections did not provide long-term pain relief. Dr. Humphreys performed a Lumbar Laminectomy that allowed Dr. Delker to return to work at his vet clinic and enjoy staying active by exercising and hiking.

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Kenai Spine helps Sherry get back to cooking and traveling after years of back pain.

Surgery - Lumbar Fusion

Sherry struggled with lower back pain and sciatica for over a decade. Some days the back pain was so severe she was unable to stand, walk, sleep, or even comfortably sit down. Sherry eventually decided to visit Dr. Craig Humphreys at Kenai Spine in Soldotna. Dr. Humphreys performed a Lumbar Fusion which helped Sherry get back to full activity, including cooking and traveling to New Zealand.

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Nancy - Spine center in Alaska helps school teacher return to activity after severe neck and arm pain and weakness

Diagnosis - Severe cervical stenosis with progressive neck pain, arm atrophy and weakness
Surgery - Posterior cervical decompression

Nancy is a school teacher and first noticed neck pain after grading papers, a common activity for her. Her symptoms eventually worsened to the point that she could not write or even lift a cup. Nancy was diagnosed with severe cervical stenosis with progressive intractable neck pain, arm atrophy and weakness. After the diagnosis, Dr. Humphreys and Matthew May, RN discussed treatment options for her severe condition. Nancy also sought a second opinion in Anchorage. Ultimately, Nancy chose Dr. Humphreys to perform the surgery to relieve her stenosis and the surgery was a success. She is now back to full activity, including travel. Since her surgery, she has even traveled to Antarctica!

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Frank - Dr. Humphreys helps Frank return to managing local Kenai brewery after severe low back pain

Diagnosis - Severe spinal stenosis with bilateral leg pain
Surgery - Decompressive laminectomy and foraminotomies

Frank first noticed mild low back pain several years ago. He chalked the pain up to his busy, active lifestyle. As the years went by, Frank noticed his back pain worsen to the point he felt weakness and numbness in his left leg. These symptoms startled him and he went to Kenai Spine to see what his options were for treatment. Watch as Frank details his story and how Dr. Humphreys has him walking again after a decompressive laminectomy and foraminotomies to relieve his spinal stenosis.

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Michael - Dr. Humphreys helps Michael recover from spine trauma experienced during a serious car accident

Diagnosis - Burst fracture with spinal cord injury at L3, compression fracture at T12
Surgery - Lumbar decompression with neural element repair, fusion

Michael was in a serious car accident that resulted in a fracture of his lumbar spine. Dr. Humphreys was called to the emergency room in response to Michael's serious injuries. Watch as Dr. Humphreys and Michael detail his road to recovery. Dr. Humphreys performed surgery to repair his spinal fracture. Michael also worked with physical therapists at Kenai Spine to rebuild his muscle memory and strength.

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Patient Success Stories
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Surgery repairs damaged disc and returns outdoorsman to activity.

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Paramedic gets back to life with Kenai Spine.

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Healthcare CEO back on the job after pain relieving spine surgery.

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School administrator recovers from back pain without surgery.

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Dog sled champion back on the trails after non-surgical treatment.

Educational Resources
Medical Animations

Watch various medical animations to learn about conditions and treatment options.

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View medical illustrations that help you understand pain symptoms.

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Learn about special exercises and stretches that can relieve pain and help rehab muscles and joints.

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Learn about minimally invasive surgery techniques that enable patients to go home the same day.

Where to find us

Kenai Spine is the only spine center in the State of Alaska to be included in Spine Center Network, an exclusive national listing of spine centers of excellence that meet credentialing criteria related to fellowship-trained spine surgeons; non-surgical Mayo Clinic-trained MD physical medicine specialist for back and neck pain; and affiliated spine therapists. With an office on the Kenai Peninsula, and two offices in Anchorage, Kenai Spine provides great convenience to those with back pain or neck pain problems who live around Anchorage, including Wasilla, Palmer, Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley. Click here for directions to our Anchorage offices or our main office in Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula.

Physician Bios
Medical Animations

S. Craig Humphreys, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained Spine Surgeon

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John L. Andreshak, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained Spine Surgeon

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Mark Simonson, MD
Board Certified in PM&R
Board Certified in Pain Medicine