Dr. Jeff makes another appearance on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning to discuss what we do at the Illinois Back Institute that makes us the permanent fix to your back pain. At Illinois Back Institute we treat patients that have been suffering with chronic back pain. Chronic back pain is when you have been suffering with pain for many years. Many people with chronic back pain have tried the quick fixes like physical therapy, chiropractors, acupuncture, injections, and have maybe even gone through with surgery. 60% of our patients have been consulted by a surgeon and have been told they need surgery. 97% of our patients have gotten better with our treatment because we restore function to the disc!
There are 24 bones, or vertebrae, in the spine that enclose and protect the spinal cord, which is a cylinder of nerve tissues. Between each vertebra is a disc serving as a shock absorber between the vertebrae. Each disc is like a jelly doughnut, the outside is thick but the inside is full of a jelly substance. With trauma, repetitive stress, and bad posture, the joints, bones and discs break down. The soft, inner material begins to harden because less oxygen and nutrients are allowed into the discs. The discs become less elastic and the spine becomes unstable. In essence, the “jelly doughnut” becomes more like a hockey puck as the inner disc material begins to come out. When the disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open, which is a herniated disc. This may result in pressure on the nerves and cause numbness and or even sciatica (a pinched nerve that gives a burning sensation or just a heavy leg.) A degenerated disc is what happens if there is a loss of fluid in the disc, which decreases the ability for it to act as a shock absorber and allow for spinal flexibility. Tiny tears or cracks in the disc cause the disc to bulge or rupture.
At Illinois Back Institute we have the ability to heal the disc and treat it for stability. With Functional Disc Rehydration we are able to relieve the pressure off the disc by allowing nutrients to flow back into the disc. In the meantime, the supporting muscles are strengthened and reactivated to help the spine become more stable once again, while also eliminating tissue stress. We also give our patients the tips to take outside of treatment so they know how to avoid ever hurting their backs again. The quick fixes may work temporarily but at the Illinois Back Institute we fix the problem permanently.