As a child, Steve discovered a love for music and began playing the guitar. After a career in several different trades, his passion for the instrument led him to Breedlove Guitars, where he was able to combine his love for music with the art of building some of the most exceptional stringed instruments available. However, Steve’s passion was threatened when he began experiencing pain in both hands. He sought treatment at The Center, where he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel and arthritis in his thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint. He was reluctant to undergo surgery, so he opted for injections to alleviate his pain. Unfortunately, after a year, Steve’s condition worsened, and he was unable to perform even the simplest daily tasks, let alone play music or do his job without experiencing excruciating pain.
Although Steve was apprehensive about surgery, Dr. Soma Lilly alleviated his fears and earned his trust. As a result, Steve underwent surgery on his left hand, which yielded remarkable results. Following the removal of his stitches, he made rapid progress in his recovery. Although he experienced some discomfort, it paled in comparison to the agony he had endured for years. Steve diligently followed the physical therapist’s instructions and even incorporated guitar playing into his therapy. He said, “The feeling I got when I hit that first D chord, I got goosebumps.”
Steve is now back to work and playing music. He knows that he will eventually need surgery on his right hand. However, he is determined not to delay seeking treatment next time so he can continue to live the life he loves, pain free.