Justin Minyard — a 33-year old U.S. Army First Sergeant — was forced to retire early due to debilitating chronic pain. He first developed back pain as a result of being a first responder at the 9-11 Pentagon attacks when moving huge pieces of rubble and concrete to help find others, which caused a severe back injury. To make matters worse, he fell 20 meters during a combat mission — further compounding his injuries. After this, Justin struggled for years with serious chronic pain and developed a dependence on the opiate pain meds that were provided as treatment.
Finally, when Justin was offered the opportunity for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), he jumped at the opportunity.
"Being able to test drive the product first — meaning having a temporary device put in to see how well it worked for me — was incredibly appealing after all I had been through," says Justin. "When they first turned the device on, I thought — Test drive over! Let's just go back upstairs and put the implanted system in!" Three weeks later, he did. And after years of opiate dependence and searching for ways to overcome his pain, Justin has found lasting relief.
Justin says, "Being able to manage my pain has allowed me to serve as the founder of Operation Shifting Gears, a non-profit dedicated to serving injured or disabled veterans, and serve as spokesperson for RaceAgainstPain.com, a community of chronic pain sufferers. I take it upon myself to personally encourage veterans and others suffering from chronic pain to explore options outside of opiate pain relief, such as Spinal Cord Stimulation."
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