Kurt Gusinde

Kurt Gusinde, Climbs Mount Everest with Help from Arizona Pain Specialists

Mountain climber Kurt Gusinde is a world class athlete, on the level with any professional athlete. A climber of Mount McKinley in Alaska and six of the famous “Seven Summits,” Gusinde had plans of leaving to climb Mount Everest when excruciating pain stopped him short. A morning just three months before he was scheduled to leave, Gusinde was experiencing terrible shoulder pain. “The pain was a 10 out of 10. It was excruciating,” Gusinde says. After trying medications among other treatments, the pain was still at top levels. MRIs were performed and were conclusive of shoulder pain being the result of a problem with his neck.

Two options were then presented; surgery or epidural steroid injections. “I opted for the epidural,” Gusinde says. “The injections seemed much less invasive than surgery, and I was hopeful they would work.” After receiving two steroid injections at Arizona Pain Specialists, Gusinde experienced one hundred percent relief. “It was pretty amazing…to be honest, it’s amazing that an injection can have that kind of impact.” Gusinde was still wary, however, that his pain may have flared up during his Everest climb. However, he reported great results. “

[The shoulder and neck pain] was a non-event the whole climb; it just didn’t bother me at all. And it’s been over a year now, and the injections are still effective.”

Today, Gusinde still hikes, bikes and does weight lifting. After experiencing recent pain in his hamstring and calf, he came back to Arizona Pain Specialists. “I found out after MRIs that there is a pinching of a nerve in the lower back. I did the injections again, and am back to one hundred percent,” Gusinde reports. “Arizona Pain Specialists has been great, and I’ve really enjoyed working with them. I was pretty amazed that the injections worked, to be honest, it’s amazing that an injection can have that kind of an impact. But it’s worked for me twice now, and gotten me back to what I want to do,” Gusinde says. To read more about Kurt Gusinde’s expeditions and many successful climbs, see his website at www.summitdream.com For more information about the epidural steroid injections that helped mountain climber Kurt Gusinde, be sure to see our ePainBook at ArizonaPain.com.