SRO Testimonial 11.3

Along with being quite a character, Scott Weaver is a very physically active guy, and at age 55 shows no signs of slowing down. He rides a skateboard, has run triathlons, surfs, loves swimming and swam in the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim five times. He also juggles axes, machetes and fire and is known world-wide for his elaborate sculptures made of thousands of toothpicks. All this on top of his physically demanding job at Lucky’s Supermarket.

But after years of this kind of activity, not to mention a couple of concussions, Scott was nagged by increasing pain in his neck. At first he thought it was just his muscles, but eventually he couldn’t turn over in bed. When he hit his head on a shelf in the garage and experienced nerve pain, that’s when he went to see Dr. Athanassious. At first they tried physical therapy, but when that wasn’t working, the doctor recommended Scott have an MRI.

“Without him even telling me, I could see where the spinal cord thinned out. There was no fluid getting to my lower extremities. Over the years, it was a degenerative issue.” Surgery between two different areas of vertebrae in his neck included a titanium plate and placement of other instrumentation. Scott said he’s never been so relaxed before surgery. “I felt really at ease and at peace, by Dr. Athanassious’s diagnosis and description of the procedure. He was very down to earth and professional.”

While recommended rehab after surgery was a stationary bike, Scott has also been hiking, jogging, and doing “pretty much everything.” He’s also going back to work soon, “which I feel really good about.” Scott said he feels incredible. “I have not had any pain whatsoever in the surgery area. I’m just so happy. I can’t even describe how incredible the whole process was. It was an awesome experience.”

Dr. Athanassious has shown Scott Weaver what thousands of other patients have discovered over the years: Santa Rosa Orthopaedic physicians care and pride themselves on getting you back to activities you love.



Christian Athanassious, MDDr. Christian Athanassious is a board eligible spine surgeon with fellowship training in spine surgery from Stanford University. Dr. Athanassious co-directs The Total Spine Health Program. Learn more about Dr. Athanassious …