Back Pain Care
Our mission is to destroy back pain.
BackerNation is a digital health and wellness company developing innovative products and services to empower people with information, tools, and resources to overcome their back pain and spine conditions.
For Consumers and Patients BackerNation equips consumers and patients with back and spine issues to become knowledgeable self-advocates to make informed decisions about their specific conditions and situation. We want consumers and patients to get the answers and treatments they need and deserve to lead productive, pain-free and enjoyable lives.
For Service Providers BackerNation provides surgeons, doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and all other service providers related to back and spine with innovative tools to connect with patients and share their expertise and knowledge.
BackerNation's ultimate goal is to improve patient outcomes, while decreasing health care costs.
Did You Know?
At any given point in time, approximately 770 million humans are impacted by back pain.
Jay Resio founded BackerNation due to his own back pain journey. He had been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in 2007 and in 2013 herniated his L4-5 disc. He tried conservative therapy to alleviate the pain, however nothing worked and had to jump through eleven months of insurance hoops before they would approve surgery.
By the time surgery came, he could barely walk and his nerves were severely damaged from being compressed for so long. He had extreme pain running from his back down to his hip, buttocks, leg and ankle. After the micro-discectomy surgery, he went through a very unproductive three months of physical therapy (due to inexperienced PT’s) and a few months later re-herniated the same disc, which required emergency surgery.
"If it wasn't for my back issues, I would have never created BackerNation. And if it wasn’t for BackerNation, I would have never overcome my back pain and feel so good."
Jay is a Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur whose personal back pain journey led him to found BackerNation. Two degenerative discs (L3-4/L4-5) led to four herniations of same disc (L4-5) and five surgeries in six years...three discectomies and two lumbar artificial disc replacements. In addition to being a back pain warrior, Jay has over 20 years of corporate and startup experience working in the technology, marketing and health care industries.
Director of Content / Senior Editor and Writer
Chris leads the patient education and content development at BackerNation. He collaborates with our team of writers, expert contributors, and the medical advisory board to ensure that readers receive the best and most useful information pertaining to back and spine health. He has 19 years of experience in media and journalism, including being a 3-time Virginia Press Association award winner and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Dr. Jerry Nichols, M.D.
Medical Advisor, Writer, and Reviewer
Dr. Nichols is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and fellowship trained in Sports Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
Dr. Jonathan Buncke, D.C.
Medical Adviser, Content Reviewer, Back Wellness Coach
Dr. Buncke is a board certified chiropractor with specialties in the treatment of headaches, lower back pain and the rehabilitation of spinal and extremity injuries.
Healthcare Writer and Content Developer
Shawn Radcliffe is a science writer and yoga teacher in Ontario, Canada. His work has appeared in print and digital publications, including BackerNation, Healthline, The Health Journals, Science & Nonduality, and others. Originally from New Hampshire, Shawn lived in Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon, before trading in the big city for small town living. When he’s not reading or writing, Shawn is often backpacking, bicycling, or wandering the streets of a new city.
Content and Community Specialist
Kelly “Nerdzilla” Mendenhall is a self-proclaimed recovering nonprofit professional living in Middle Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master’s in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University. In June of 2017, Kelly became suddenly medically disabled and lost her mobility nearly entirely at the age of 35. Over the 2+ years, she endured multiple spinal and piriformis injections, one medical implant, two spinal fusions, multiple laminectomies and discectomies, and happily has two working legs and arms again. Kelly is a writer in the digital space with BackerNation, Blasting News USA, and her blog, Nerdzilla Lives! She is also an independent author, activist, and advocate for women living with chronic pain and invisible illness who experience Medical Gaslighting.
Chief Disc Officer
Dysco, the Dynamic Disc, is BackerNation's Chief Disc Officer and Mascot. He can be found on our social media channels sharing health, nutrition, and wellness. He enjoys providing guidance and humor so you can live your best and most productive life while managing back pain. Dysco is no stranger to dressing up for holidays and special occasions. Follow him on social media.