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Joann Moore

Joann Moore
Procedure: Non-surgical pain intervention

Joann Moore fell at work more than 30 years ago and cracked her spine, although she didn’t realize it at the time. For years, doctors prescribed pain medication to treat her symptoms. “That’s the way it was back then,” recalls Joann who says her old doctors grimly told the part-time dance instructor she would live with back problems all her life and be limited in what she could do. They told her she couldn’t dance, she couldn’t ride her bike.

Over the years, the constant pain that ran down her leg became excruciating. With two kids still at home and a full-time job, Joann decided it was time to get aggressive. She did not want to accept that she wouldn’t be able to do what she loved.
 
Everyone she knew in Eagle County with back pain recommended Dr. Scott Raub, a Vail-Summit Orthopaedic physician who specializes in non-surgical spine care, so she made an appointment right away. “Word-of-mouth is worth its weight in gold” remarks Joann.

Dr. Raub did all the testing and took an MRI, but most importantly Joann says, “He took the time to find out about me and my lifestyle before laying out all my options.” Dr. Raub recommended a spinal injection. “It was a miracle, within 24 hours the pain was gone. I was amazed.” Dr. Raub also prescribed a pain patch that slowly releases medicine directly to the painful area of her back for up to 12 hours. Joann says one of the things she loves about Dr. Raub is that he is very up-to-date on all the latest advances in pain intervention.

In addition to her accident, Joann learned she suffers from a hereditary spinal degenerative condition. Her siblings all have it and her Dad had back surgery. “He was never the same after that,” remembers Joann, which is why she wants to explore all her options before having surgery.  “With the way medicine is progressing, surgery or possibly even another option may be in my future, but for now - this is working for me.”

Joann is fully managing her back pain through a combination of spinal injections, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic care, stretching and exercise. “I take it very seriously; I work out with a trainer once a week and concentrate on strengthening my core.” Joann is able to do everything she loves, teaching ballet and tap, riding her bike and taking long walks. At work, Joann sometimes finds herself on her feet for up to 14-18 hours a day running a business as a wedding planner.

Joann has been seeing Dr. Raub now for more than five years. The front office staff knows her by name and will find a way to get her in when her back goes out. “I love the staff; they always have a warm greeting and are so sweet; plus, I never have to wait too long,” says Joann. “People need to realize they don’t have to go to Denver to find the best. I feel very fortunate.”