Peter Miller: I missed spending time with my kids

Peter Miller SurfingAfter I hurt my back several years ago, it was like my life stopped. Things that were once simple became difficult. I was forced to think about every move I made, and asked myself is this going to make my back hurt worse?

I couldn’t even walk upright. It used to take me probably a full minute just to stand up to be able to walk out of a restaurant. It was almost embarrassing. The worst part of my back pain wasn’t actually my discomfort. It was not being able to spend quality time with my loved ones.

I was very limited to what activities I could participate in with my family. Before my back injury, I would spend a lot of time with my kids outdoors. We’d go on bike rides, play soccer and football, go fishing and wakeboarding. We were always moving and active. And, I couldn’t do any of that because of my back pain.

I clearly remember my children coming to me and saying, “Hey, dad, let’s go out and play a game of football” and having to tell them maybe later. But tomorrow would come, and I was still pushing my kids off, and they were so eager to play and to hang out with me. It was so hard and heart wrenching to see that.

I tried everything I could think of to get my back to stop hurting long enough to spend time with my kids. But none of the pain medication or other forms of conservative treatment helped. And, that’s when I knew I had to find another solution because it wasn’t just about finding relief anymore. It was about my relationship with my family and being the best dad I could be to my kids, and I couldn’t do that while being in pain.

So I called Laser Spine Institute because I was interested in their minimally invasive approach to spine surgery. I booked my surgery and went to the facility in Tampa for my procedure.

Peter Miller Surfing in water

My life is better today because of Laser Spine Institute and the surgery I had there. I’m able to do what I want to do. I don’t have to think about a move before I make it. I can play with my kids. I can go run out in the lawn and throw the Frisbee and play football — whatever I want to do, I can do.

It’s been more than 5 years since my minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute, and I can do everything I did prior to my back injury. I’m back to who I was.

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