Competitive Gymnast Beats Spine Disorder | Cedars-Sinai Newsroom

Molly Neinstein took up gymnastics when she was just 7. Within a few years, she was climbing the ranks of competitive gymnastics and seemingly on a fast track to becoming nationally recognized.

Then, a few years ago, the high school junior from Calabasas, California, began experiencing pain in her hamstrings and lower back. After visiting numerous doctors and exhausting all treatment options—from physical therapy to acupuncture—her condition only grew worse and she started losing the flexibility that is critical to gymnastics.

The pain was so severe that it interfered with Neinstein's most basic activities, such as attending school or sitting in a chair for a long period of time.

"I lost my power," said Neinstein, 15. "While my teammates were getting better, I felt like I was getting worse."

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