By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: June 2011
Dr. James Webb offers world-class pain management solutions, along with state-of-the-art diagnostic and interventional imaging services in Tulsa.
In 1985, when he was 17 years old, Brian Morris got into a motorcycle accident that broke his back. Doctors in San Francisco, where Brian is from, placed an experimental device in his spine. Though the surgeons in California did a great job treating the fracture that was obvious at the time with the technology that was available then, Brian lived in pain for many years after. He moved to Grove, Oklahoma in 1986, and a few years ago had the hardware removed from his back. Yet, the pain continued.
“I wouldn’t be able to move for a week. It started happening every year, then every six months, until finally every day. I was living in constant pain, and I thought it was just something I had to deal with. It would hit me like a ton of bricks, and I got to the point where I couldn’t walk, and it even affected control of my bladder. It was a searing pain down my side below the waist,” Brian explains. His doctor in Bernice, Oklahoma found a microscopic fracture in Brian’s back and contacted Dr. James Webb in Tulsa to perform surgery.
“Brian had been diagnosed with painful hardware and the hardware had been removed. However, I found that his pain was actually stemming from undiagnosed fractures,” explains Dr. Webb.
“When I met with Dr. Webb, he explained the operation to me thoroughly, but I didn’t really believe it would work. I was very skeptical and kept telling him the pain was in my lumbar – he was planning to operate up high. He basically said, ‘Let me do this and you will see.’”
Brian was absolutely amazed when he awoke from the surgery. “As soon as I woke up, Dr. Webb said I could go, and I got up and walked out. It was instantaneous relief. I thought they had shot me full of muscle relaxers to mask the pain! I just couldn’t believe it. Whatever Dr. Webb did was fantastic – it really worked. The procedure stopped the pain in its tracks.”
After years and years of X-rays and tests, the microscopic fractures had never been found until he visited Dr. Webb. “If I had this procedure done in the 80s, I wouldn’t be the same person I am now; I’d be a lot better off,” adds Brian.
Brian still has other issues stemming from his motorcycle accident, and Dr. Webb has other pain management plans for him. “I’ll do whatever Dr. Webb says. I trust him completely, and I’m so grateful for what he did. The surgery was a relatively painless procedure; I had a bandage for a few days, and when I took it off there was no bruising. It was like someone had just touched me and it was all better.”
Dr. Webb is a specialist in both imaging and interventional pain management. An Oklahoma native, he has been practicing in Tulsa since 2005. His practice combines state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging with world class pain management services, all done with a focus on patient comfort and wellness. Using sedation, he provides safe, proven and effective pain relief procedures without causing more pain.
Dr. Webb is the only pain physician in Tulsa who is also board-certified to read the advanced imaging studies, such as MRI, which are critical to selecting the correct treatment plan for patients with pain. Learn more at www.drjameswebb.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.