781. Helping Others Destroy Back Pain
After the first two surgeries, I realized looking back on the whole process that back pain care is extremely fragmented. There’s a lot of things that don’t connect the dots. There’s a lot of misinformation and mistrust going on. And I really didn’t want to have to deal with nerve pain anymore. You know, I would wake up and would be online into the wee hours of the morning, trolling forums and listening to other people’s stories.
Jay Resio is the founder and CEO of BackerNation, a digital health and wellness platform developing innovative products and services to empower people with information, tools, and resources to overcome their back pain and spine conditions. Jay started BackerNation due to his own back pain journey. He has herniated his one disc four times, which led to four surgeries with the last being an artificial disc replacement. He feels amazing now and his mission is to help others destroy back pain.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
My back problems started in my late 20’s. I would always play basketball, flag football, golf and softball, and my back would get tight from time to time. I went to see an expert, got some X-rays and MRIs and was told I had degenerative discs at two levels. The doctor told me not to worry about it, that I could do whatever I wanted. I wish he had not told me that, because I really did do whatever I wanted, which led to greatly worsening my back condition and herniating my disc. Seven or so years later I went on to have four different surgeries.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
I think everyone has, at some point in their lives, high expectations of doing something great or becoming someone great. But I think the challenge is that at a certain point either they didn’t put themselves in the right position or they faced too much adversity and reset their expectations. Now their reset expectations are their new normal. I think people need to surround themselves with experts, connections and knowledge to inspire and guide you. They need to clearly define what they are looking to achieve regardless of whether they are 10 years old or 90.
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