Patient Stories 2015-10-09 Pinklon's Treatment for Spinal Injury Main Article Content Breadcrumb navigation All/Patient Stories/Pinklon Thomas's Treatment for Spinal Injury No pain was my gain. Reducing recovery time after after spinal stenosis surgery. As a former arena football player and current high-level sports performance trainer, Pinklon Thomas knows a thing or two about speed, agility and the powers of the human body. Trying to determine the cause of his severe shoulder pain led to the discovery of spinal stenosis, disc herniation and a pinched nerve. Northwestern Medicine orthopaedic specialists laid out his options for the road to recovery. Just three months after surgery he's back to a full schedule of helping others reach their top physical goals. Interested in hearing more from Northwestern Medicine? Sign up for the Healthy Tips E‑Newsletter for everything from health and wellness ideas to patient breakthroughs to academic and medical advancements. 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