Patient Stories

Joseph S. Kim, MD

Thanks to my care at OrthoVirginia, I can...be me again!

It's been a long journey of dealing with all the symptoms associated with a C5-C6 herniated disc and DDD since my mid-20s stemming from a car accident at 19. I dealt with the flare-ups over the years and could deal. However, the past year and half my daily life was impacted. The pain was preventing from being a mom, wife, daughter, friend and most importantly ME! Since June 2015 I have been working with Dr. Joseph Kim and the PTs' (Shannon and Mandy) within OrthoVirginia at St. Francis Hospital. I've done it all, NSAIDs, muscle relaxers, pain pills, PT, three steroid cervical injections, dry needling (huge fan), massage and now finally an ACDF on C5-C6 on January 30, 2017. I am only seven days post op and know I made the right decision with the guidance of Dr. Kim and team. It was time for the ACDF and almost all of my symptoms are GONE! No more numbness, constant pain and sleepless nights. I look forward to an exciting post ACDF life with caution going forward as I have a few other discs to keep in mind. No doubt Dr. Kim has the compassion and straight forward approach to a treatment plan and expected outcome. Thank you again!!