As Frank’s back problems persisted, he turned to the Y for healing. Here is his story.
My name is Frank Ruffolo (aka Franko), 62 years old, and a proud member of the YMCA.
In September of 2016, while golfing, my back problems began. I was hitting an 8 iron and the pain shot down my leg from my left hip. I could not walk for 2-3 minutes. I tried to continue playing, but just couldn’t. It was painful just trying to putt. I decided to take a couple of weeks off to rest. It didn’t help, so off to the doctor I went.
My doctor suggested physical therapy at OPSTA for three weeks. The pain subsided slightly, but it was constant and would not completely go away. An MRI was done and the results showed that I had spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves). My doctor suggested a spinal epidural or they were going to have to operate. I told them I would think about it.
The constant pain continued for 9 months. I stayed active by going to the YMCA 3-4 times a week. That’s when a friend of mine (Speer) suggested stretching, the machines that worked the hamstrings and quads and riding the stationary bike. After about a year of self healing and a lot of stretching, I have been pain free! I contribute the Y to my current good health.