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.
During the dark days of recovery after these first two surgeries, Jay would constantly scour the web for answers to questions. He soon realized there were no comprehensive online resources that provided guidance, action plans and accessible human experts.
This was the moment in time that BackerNation was born. He dreamed up the platform with a vision to solve his own problems, as well as help his peers overcome their back pain and health care challenges.