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The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog

What You NEED To Know About How Poor Posture Can Cause Neck Pain

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

There are many people who suffer every day with severe neck pain. But believe it or not, most of the pains from this part of the body are not caused by a trauma such as whiplash, but by poor posture. Bad posture can lead to several serious problems, including chronic neck pains. Obviously, it is difficult to sit or stand properly at all times, especially when you are sick or tired. However, it is important to ensure that your head and spine are always properly aligned in order to prevent injury. Otherwise, over time you will begin to feel the debilitating effects.

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Bulging Disc - Part 3: The Most Common Symptoms

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 @ 04:53 PM

This is Part 3 in our series about Bulging Discs! If you missed Part 2, click here!

So far in this series we have covered what a Bulging Disc is, and what the most common causes of them are. As a brief reminder of what we covered:

  • A Bulging Disc occurs when the outside of the disc, called the annulus, pushes (or bulges) out from between the vertebrae.
  • This bulging can happen because of two re
    asons; either the jelly-like substance inside the disc called the nucleus dries out (becomes dehydrated) which leads to the disc becoming unstable and basically going flat like a tire, or because the annulus on the outside weakens and the pressure of the nucleus pushing against that weakness causes it to bulge out.
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Case Study #122 - After 12 Years of Back Pain and Sciatica, 40 Year Old Man FINALLY Finds Relief With Our Treatment

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 05:34 PM

A 40 year old male came to one of our clinics looking for help with his back pain and sciatica. The pain had started when the man was still in his 20's, and at first he thought it wasn't a big deal and he could just "tough it out." He figured he was too young to have a bad back. But over the years the pain just continued to get worse, and started traveling down his leg as well. He tried several different methods to control the pain, even including resorting to spinal injections, but nothing was able to provide anything more than temporary relief. The doctors told him that surgery was the only option he had left, and that was something he definitely wanted to avoid. He was beginning to think he had no choices left, until he heard about the Illinois Back Institute.

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8 Ways Your Shoes Can Be CAUSING Your Back and Sciatica Pain

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

Back and Sciatica pain can develop first at your feet and move up from there. So it is needless to say that the kind of shoes you are wearing can have a big effect on your pain. Ill-fitting or non-supportive shoes can cause changes to the way you walk, which can begin a chain reaction of events. For instance, it can cause your legs and feet to adjust their movements to compensate, which can cause your pelvis to tilt forward. This places a lot more pressure on the lower back and can greatly increase back and sciatica pain.

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Bulging Disc - Part 2: What Causes Bulging Discs?

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 @ 04:33 PM

This is Part 2 in a series about Bulging Discs. If you missed Part 1, click here!

In the first part of this series, we discussed what a Bulging Disc is. To recap: the discs in the spine are made up of a thick outer layer called the annulus, and a jelly-like substance on the inside called the nucleus. When the disc deteriorates for whatever reason, the annulus weakens and begins to bulge out, which is why it is called a Bulging Disc. In Part One we also discussed some basic facts about the spine, so that everyone can better understand the discs' job as cushions for the vertebrae in the spine.

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What You NEED To Know About Degenerative Disc Disease

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 05:12 PM

Many people suffer with back or neck pain as a result of Degenerative Disc Disease, and there are a lot of misconceptions about what it is exactly. For instance, often times when people are first diagnosed with it they are shocked and worried that the condition will worsen over time. But this is not quite true. In actuality, Degenerative Disc Disease is not quite exactly a disease, but more like the name for a set of symptoms that are caused by a Degenerated Disc.

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The 9 Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @ 04:18 PM

When many people experience lower back pain, they often do not even think of the cause right away; they are more concerned on relieving the pain they are in. However, if they are able to identify the source of the pain, they may be able to get a better idea of why they are hurting and the best way to treat it. It is well known that one of the most common reasons for lower back pain are due to problems with the discs in the back, and this can lead to one of the most severe types of pain; but there are many things that can influence lower back pain. Here are 9 of the most common ones:

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Bulging Disc: Part 1 - What Is A Bulging Disc?

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 05:04 PM

This is Part 1 in a series about Bulging Discs! The goal of this series is to help explain what Bulging Discs are, what causes them, what their symptoms are, how we treat them, and more. This series will also provide some scientific studies about our treatment and show how it is so effective in eliminating Bulging Discs in any part of the spine.

The Bulging Disc, sometimes referred to as a disc protrusion or slipped disc, is one of the most common causes of back pain. This is because when a person begins to have a breakdown in one of their discs for whatever reason, a bulging of the disc is usually the first phase of that breakdown. Most people have heard of the various terms used to refer to a Bulging Disc, but many don't really know or understand what it is. It is important for any kind of back pain to know the source of that pain. The reason for this series is to educate everyone as much as possible about Bulging Discs; because it has always been our belief, which has been scientifically proven, that the more a patient understands about the source of their pain, the better the outcome of their treatment will be.

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Our Patient's Inspirational Success Story

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 04:03 PM

At the Illinois Back Institute, two of our main objectives are to educate you as much as we can about your neck and back pain, and to help you to eliminate the cause of that pain. It is always a good feeling when you are able to help someone with their pain and getting their life back. One of the best parts of working at IBI is being able to watch as our patients get better through their journey here.

We always appreciate hearing from former patients about how they are feeling after finishing with our treatments. We recently received a letter from a patient who not long ago finished with his final treatment. He wanted to express his thanks to us for helping him relieve his back pain:

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What Is A Pinched Nerve?

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

A pinched nerve in the back is when you suffer from pain or weakened function from a nerve that is under pressure of some sort. In other words, the nerve is being compressed, and that compression is causing pain in your back. This can happen to nerves that control muscle movements or transmit sensations to the brain.

Nerves extend from your brain and spinal cord like a hose, through which important messages travel throughout your body. If a nerve gets pinched, the flow traveling back and forth through it can be reduced or blocked, which can cause prevent nutrients from flowing through. Your body then sends you warning signals in the form of pain to alert you of the problem.

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