According to some experts, 80% of Americans will experience back pain of some sort in their life. Many of these people just assume that the pain is something they have to live with, and there isn't anything that can be done about it. In fact many are afraid of doing anything, because it might make the pain worse. However, the reality is that doing nothing is what usually causes the discomfort to grow and to worsen!Read More
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This is Part 8 in a series about Bulging Discs. If you missed Part 7, Click Here!
In the previous part of this series we discussed our treatment, Functional Disc Rehydration. We talked about why it is so different from other traditional treatments, and how it works in a way that no other treatments do. Functional Disc Rehydration is so successful because it actually targets the damaged discs and heals them, in a way that no other treatment does. It works by taking pressure off of the disc to allow vital nutrients and oxygen to re-enter it and rehydrate it, while also strengthening the muscles surrounding it to stabilize the spine.Read More
The following is a case study about a 59 year old woman who came to see us for help with her back problems. She not only had been experiencing severe pain in her back, but it was radiating all the way down to her foot as well. And this had been happening off and on for over 30 years. She had seen several doctors and tried everything short of surgery to help end the pain, but after every treatment the pain would always return. She was worried that nothing more could be done to help her, but then she found the Illinois Back Institute.Read More
Almost everyone sits in an office chair or desk chair at least once a day, whether it be while working at your workstation, at home at a computer desk, or elsewhere. So it is not a big surprise that many people begin to suffer back problems from sitting in uncomfortable chairs for extended periods of time, or find that their existing problems are getting worse. Office chairs can increase the stress in the neck, back, shoulders, arms, and legs, while also adding large amounts of pressure to the discs in the spine and the muscles in the back. This is often made worse by poor posture, because people have a natural tendency to slouch in the chair. Doing that can strain the discs and surrounding areas of the spine, and overstrain the spinal ligaments.Read More
This is Part 6 in a series about Bulging Discs. if you missed Part 5, Click Here!
In Part 5 we discussed the common options that most doctors prescribe to treat Bulging Discs, and what the intended purpose of each is. These generally fall into these categories:
- Mild, over-the-counter pain pills and anti-inflammatories
- Prescription drugs and narcotics
- Physical therapy
- Spinal injections
- Surgery (many kinds)
The main purpose of these traditional treatments is to either try to decrease inflammation around the damaged area of the spine in the hopes of reducing pain, or to cover up and bypass the pain. As we have said before, these treatments can work for a little while. But because the cause of the pain is still there, the pain will eventually return.
September 2015 Newsletter
Announcing the Grand Opening of Our New Clinic in Naperville!
With our neverending quest to educate the community, solve as many back problems as possible, and help people to Get Their Lives Back, we have expanded into Naperville! This clinic is located in the new IMed building located at 1331 West 75th Street, Naperville, IL, 60540. If you would like to learn more about our newest clinic, sign up for a Free Consultation there, or reserve a seat at the next Free Educational Seminar being held there, Click Here!Read More
This is Part Five in a series about Bulging Discs. If you missed Part Four, click here!
In the first four parts of this series we have covered the basics about Bulging Discs. This includes what they are, how they are caused, and what their symptoms are based on where in the spine the injury is located. These basics were also summarized in a video that helped to explain them further using animation and other visual aides.
So, now that we know what Bulging Discs are, how they happen, and what they do, we need to begin discussing how to treat them. In this part we will focus on what doctors prescribe to treat Bulging Discs, and what you need to know about these most common treatments.
A 35 year old male was treated at the Illinois Back Institute for severe Back Pain and Sciatica. This is his case study.
The patient came into our clinic with back and leg pain that was not getting any better. He had been experiencing the pain for years, but six months ago it became intolerable. On a scale of zero to ten, with 10 being the worst pain imaginable, the patient said it was on average a 7. It had gotten so bad that he could no longer work!
This is Part Four in our series about Bulging Discs! If you missed Part Three, Click Here!
So far in this Bulging Disc Series, we have talked about the basics of Bulging Discs, which included the following:
- In Part 1 we began our discussion on what a Bulging Disc is, which started with some basic facts about the anatomy of the spine. We then talked about what a disc does and how it can become damaged and begin to bulge out from between the vertebrae in the spine.
- Part 2 of our series was about what causes Bulging Discs. We talked about how they occur when a part of the disc deteriorates for some reason. There are two main reasons for this: either part of the outside of the disc weakens which leads to it bulging out, or the inside of the disc dehydrates and causes the disc to "deflate" like a flat tire.
- And in the third part of our series, we talked about the most common symptoms of Bulging Discs. Of course the main symptom is pain usually caused by the bulge of the disc pinching a nerve, but there are other symptoms as well that can vary depending on what part of the spine the Bulging Disc is located. We talked about the three main areas of the spine, which are cervical, thoracic, and lumbar, and discussed the different symptoms related to each area. We also breifly covered some of the risk factors that can increase Bulging Disc pain.