Laura's CervicalStim Bone Growth Therapy Story

Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Wilkinson is training for Tokyo 2020, which will be her fourth Olympic Games. Her quest to become an Olympian once more was almost derailed by cervical disc degeneration; Fortunately, Laura’s physician prescribed CervicalStim™ Bone Growth Therapy after her spinal fusion.

“In order to do things no one has ever done, you have to be willing to do things no one else is willing to do.”

So says Laura Wilkinson, who made history at the 2000 Olympics when she became the first American woman since 1964 to win a Gold Medal in platform diving. Laura was not expected to place at the 2000 Olympics because of China’s dominant team, but the odds against her increased even more after she shattered three bones in her foot during peak training season. In fact, Laura wasn’t able to actually dive until three weeks before the Olympic Trials. Despite the overwhelming odds, Laura won the trials and made her first Olympic team. In one of the most memorable comebacks in Olympic history, Laura, a.k.a. “The Comeback Kid,” started in 8th place and ended by winning the Olympic Gold Medal in platform diving – all with a broken foot.

A latecomer to the sport, Laura started diving at 15 years old; Coach Kenny Armstrong has been her mentor since the very beginning. Over the years, Laura has won 19 USA Diving National Titles, and she’s the only American diver to win a Goodwill Games Gold Medal in history. A 3-time Olympian (2000, 2004, and 2008), Laura also won gold at the 2004 World Cup and 2005 World Championship, becoming the first woman in history to win all three world titles in platform diving.

“The best advice that Coach Armstrong has ever given me was to aim for the top,” said Laura. “Don't just try and make the Olympic team, go to win. Go big or go home.”

After winning every major diving competition, Laura and her husband Eriek decided it was time to start a family. She retired from diving but stayed connected to the sports world as a reporter, analyst and color commentator at various events, including the 2012 London Olympic Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The young couple eventually had four children by birth and adoption (China and Ethiopia).

"Aim for the top. Don't just try and
make the Olympic team, go to win.
Go big or go home."

After a 9-year retirement, Laura missed the sport and started diving again in 2017. After confirming with her coach that she “wasn’t crazy” to think she was still able to dive competitively, Laura began training for what would be her fourth Olympic Games. Everything was proceeding along well until late 2018 when Laura realized something was very wrong when one of her arms kept going numb. Years of hitting the water at 38 miles per hour had taken a toll on Laura’s spine; she was diagnosed with cervical disc degeneration and needed a spinal fusion.

“I thought I was ultimately going to have to make a choice to fix my neck if I wanted to dive, but what I learned was I needed to fix my spine in order to not have a catastrophic event happen,” said Laura. “I needed surgery in order to be a mom for my four children.”

In December 2018, Laura had a successful anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery using an Orthofix cervical plate system to stabilize her spine in combination with Trinity ELITE™ allograft to aid in bone fusion. During her recovery, Laura wore an Orthofix CervicalStim™ Device, a lightweight and portable device that uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate bone growth at the fusion site. After just six months of recovery and wearing the CervicalStim device, Laura was deemed fully fused by her physician. Soon she was back in the water and proceeded to secure a spot to compete during the Olympic trials; Laura continues training with her sights firmly set on representing the U.S. at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“I think knowing that I'm pushing myself to something greater, even if I don't reach it, I'm going to become a better person,” continues Laura. “I'm going to become more capable than I was already. And here's the kicker: sometimes you hit those goals, sometimes you win gold medals and amazing things happen too, and that's definitely worth fighting for.”

Helen's PhysioStim Bone Growth Therapy Story

After finding that her fracture was not healing, hear how PhysioStim Bone Growth Therapy helped Helen avoid a second operation.

For Helen and her husband Neal, fishing is one of life’s simple pleasures. But not too long ago, this favorite pastime turned into a painful event that left Helen in excruciating pain.

After fishing, Helen was walking across wet rocks when she slipped and fell into a deep crevice. The accident caused multiple breaks in her leg, which required surgery that left her with two rods and a dozen screws in her bone. After six months in a wheelchair followed by months of physical therapy and exercise, she was still in pain and had trouble walking. The doctor, seeing that the fractured bone was not healing, suggested a second surgery.

But both Helen and Neal felt that another operation and recovery was something that she would have a difficult time going through again. Her doctor then suggested a bone growth stimulator device.

"The simple things you appreciate. I can play with the grandchildren. I can go fishing again. I can run up and down barefoot. And it’s wonderful."

At first, Helen was skeptical but was relieved that there was a nonsurgical alternative. After using the PhysioStim device daily for six months, Helen’s surgeon ordered a new X-ray, which found that her fracture had finally healed.

Today, Helen is free of pain and enjoys an active life, playing with her grandchildren, walking along the beach and of course, reeling in the catch of the day.

Joe's SpinalStim Bone Growth Therapy Story

With the threat of never playing golf again and living with back pain for more than 25 years, Joe agreed to spinal fusion surgery. His physician prescribed the SpinalStim Bone Growth Therapy device to promote his bone healing.

Joe first injured his back during his 3rd football game of his senior year of high school. A downfield tackle left him feeling like half the defense landed on his back. However, knowing the doctor would pull him from playing, Joe kept his pain to himself-even through his college football career.

For more than 25 years, Joe lived in pain, which got worse and worse over the years. He got to the point where he could not grocery shop, play with his grandchildren, go to football games, or even sleep. Even though he knew he had damage to his spine, Joe tried to push through.

It wasn’t until he was playing golf one day and the yardage signs were getting blurry because of the pain, Joe decided he needed to seek help from a physician. With the threat of never being able to play again, he agreed that he needed spinal fusion surgery.

After learning that the SpinalStim bone growth therapy device has a 92 percent success rate in promoting the healing process after fusion surgery, Joe agreed to give it a try.

“Now I can look around and enjoy nature, I can look at things that I passed up the last five years looking at, so it’s not just helped my back, it’s helped my soul”

Today, whether he is back on the greens at the golf course or taking a hike in the woods, Joe is able to enjoy his life’s passions without any pain.

“Now I can look around, and I can enjoy nature. I can look at things that I passed up the last five years looking at. So it’s not just helped my back, it’s helped my soul.”

The patient stories above are the experiences of these individuals. Not everyone who uses a bone growth therapy device will receive the same results. If you are interested in learning more, please consult your physician to understand the benefits and risks. Information related to indications, contraindications and precautions can be found at Orthofix.com.

Joanie's SpinalStim Bone Growth Therapy Story

After 10 years of back pain, Joanie was facing her third fusion surgery. Her physician prescribed SpinalStim Bone Growth Therapy to aid in her recovery.

As a naturopathic doctor who focuses on using natural means to help the body heal, Joanie understands all too well how chronic pain can take its toll on the body and on one’s quality of life. For ten years, she experienced excruciating back pain. After trying many forms of treatment, she and her doctor agreed that spinal fusion surgery was her only solution. Knowing that this was a major surgery, she was intent on making sure her recovery would be both quick and complete.

"I was so excited when I first heard about the Orthofix bone stimulator because this was a product that would help the body heal non-invasively."

Following her release from the hospital, and after using the SpinalStim bone growth therapy device, as prescribed, Joanie was able to return to work as a naturopathic doctor.

Today, she advises her clients who are anticipating back surgery to ask their doctors if they are candidates for Orthofix’s bone therapy devices.

Rick’s CervicalStim Bone Growth Therapy Story

When Rick fell, he broke his neck in three places. His doctor prescribed CervicalStim Bone Growth Therapy to help.

For Rick, his accident came out of the blue. He didn't know it at the time, but the medication he was taking was causing internal bleeding. With no signs of feeling ill or weak, he passed out suddenly, falling on the floor and fracturing his neck.

Spinal surgery was performed to fuse the vertebrae in his neck. His doctor prescribed Orthofix CervicalStim to help aid in his healing process.

"I believe that it helped me heal. I would recommend it. I'm glad my doctor prescribed it."

Following the treatment instructions, he was able to make a full recovery and today is grateful to his doctor for prescribing a bone growth stimulator.

Veronika's PhysioStim Bone Growth Therapy Story

A bad motocross accident and a broken clavicle threatened to end Veronika’s racing career until her physician prescribed PhysioStim Bone Growth Therapy.

Motocross racing is part of Veronika’s DNA. “It's an exhilaration that is unparalleled in this universe. You take off of a jump and you're literally flying,” she said.

As a competitive racer, Veronika has seen her share of crashes… but nothing like what could have been a career-ending mid-air collision. “We were going over a jump, so we were unfortunately about 20 feet off the ground when we collided in mid-air,” Veronika said. “We both went down. I broke my collarbone, my sternum, and had a pretty bad concussion.”

The collarbone was so badly broken; it threatened to puncture a lung. “When the surgeon looked at my X-ray, he told me that the bone looked like an "M," where one bone was resting upon my lung, and that was a very large concern for other health issues, so it was in my best interest to have surgery as soon as possible,” she said.

“I feel alive again and that is something that is the stuff that dreams are made of.”

A few months after surgery, Veronika’s collarbone fracture had still not healed. Her orthopedic surgeon prescribed a bone growth stimulation device called PhysioStim to help her fracture heal. The device sends low level pulses of electromagnetic energy to the fracture site which stimulates the natural healing process. After using the PhysioStim device daily as prescribed, Veronika is healed. Best of all, she’s back competing at the sport she loves.

“When I'm on the track now, I can ride with confidence again,” Veronika said. “I feel alive again and that is something that is the stuff that dreams are made of.”

The patient stories above are the experiences of these individuals. Not everyone who uses a bone growth therapy device will receive the same results. If you are interested in learning more, please consult your physician to understand the benefits and risks. Information related to indications, contraindications and precautions can be found at Orthofix.com.