How LPGA player Natalie Gulbis recovered from back surgery

Natalie Gulbis, LPGA player, shares her story about her road to recovery from back pain after minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

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"It's pretty remarkable how good I feel now," Natalie said. "I mean, I haven't felt this good since it was my rookie year when I was 18 years old."

For Ladies Professional Golf Association player Natalie Gulbis, her career was on the verge of ending after she injured her back. She realized that she was spending more time in the physical therapy trailer and getting cortisone injections than playing golf. After Natalie pulled out of several events in 2009, she decided to learn about her options.

Her physician recommended that she consider retiring from the game or having extensive, open back surgery that may or may not work. He pushed for Natalie’s retirement over going through traditional back surgery because it only has a 50 percent success rate and an extremely long recovery period.

Natalie was lucky because her trainer suggested that she look into Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures. When she walked into Laser Spine Institute for the first time, she was astounded by how kind and caring each person she met was. They truly care about the well-being of their patients, she remembered thinking.

Laser Spine Institute continued to impress Natalie when they performed her MRI in golf posture — something no other physician had done. This allowed the Laser Spine Institute physicians to see exactly what was causing Natalie’s pain, and they were able to explain it to her in a way that was easy to understand. Natalie left with a clear understanding of what her injury was.

Natalie went in for surgery in the morning and walked at home that night. She started going on walks and was putting by the end of the week without any pain or limitations. Natalie couldn’t wait to swing a golf club.

Her recovery after back surgery went smoothly. After a couple of weeks, Natalie was back to doing her regular daily activities and was back to playing the game she loved.

Natalie said that she hasn’t felt this good since her rookie year. She encourages those suffering from chronic neck or back pain to consider calling Laser Spine Institute to learn how they can take back their life.