Andrew Hopkins

Auburn, AL

I had been visiting a chiropractor for more than a decade trying to figure out where my back pain was coming from. I would go monthly in an attempt to continually alleviate my pain. Unfortunately, I began to experience more chronic, intense pain in late 2020 and knew it was time for me to do something.

I visited Andrews Sports Medicine for the first time in late 2020 seeking answers. By then, I knew I needed to step it up a level to relieve my chronic back pain. 

I had seen other doctors when I came to Andrews for the first time. I had tried physical therapy, pain blockers, and just about everything else. During my first office visit with Dr. Andrew Cordover he diagnosed me with a collapsed degenerative disc. 

My entire experience, from my initial office visit, surgery and post-op appointments were first class. I never felt like I was pressured to have surgery. I knew I needed surgery after Dr. Cordover vividly explained my situation and treatment options during my initial visit. 

Since I am young, the degenerative disc would not have healed well if I didn't go through with surgery. The pre-op went well and I was released from surgery after 2 nights. 

I had the surgery in December of 2021 and I am about a month out. I am still healing but I know I'll be able to get back to where I was years ago. I work with eagles for the Auburn football team and before my surgery I could only hold them for about 10 minutes without experiencing pain. Now, I am gaining my strength back and can return to what I love doing. 

The healing and recovery process has been great. It was what I expected it to be and I haven't run into any road blocks. I did have some pain up until about 3 weeks after my surgery but that is pretty normal. Overall, it has been great. 

I was referred to Andrews Sports Medicine by another doctor and I am so glad I took her advice to come to Birmingham. I definitely recommend Andrews Sports Medicine to anyone suffering in pain. It was a great experience and I am able to do the things I enjoy again!

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Andrew M. Cordover, MD, MS
Andrew M. Cordover, MD, MS View Bio