A 31 year old male came into our clinic with back pain and sciatica that he had been experiencing for the past two years, ever since he suffered a severe back trauma. He had seen several different doctors and tried everything he could think of to help relieve his pain, but it was so bad that the doctors were recommending surgery. But, instead of doing something that drastic, he first decided to come to Illinois Back Institute.
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- Massage therapy
- Spinal injections
- Pain medications, including narcotics for pain
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications
- NSAID's (anti-inflammatory drugs)
After those treatments didn't work he ended up getting four injections into his spine, but he still was not experiencing any relief. He was desperate to feel better, but surgery was a last resort. So when he heard about the Illinois Back Institute he decided to come to us for help. He was hoping for a miracle to avoid surgery and reclaim his life. We spoke to him and reviewed his MRI and X-Ray scans in order to properly diagnose his back pain and sciatica. After reviewing the patient's diagnosis, it was determined that he suffered from four of the main causes of sciatica:
- Herniated Disc
- Bulging Disc
- Degenerated Disc
- Spinal Stenosis
On his first day of treatment, he reported his pain at a 7 (with 10 being the most severe), and his Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) score was a 54 (out of a possible 100). The ODI is a scale used as an indicator of disability, and a score of 54 is considered severely disabled. People with scores that high are always candidates for surgery.
At the start of treatment he had pain starting at his lower back, traveling through his hips and down his legs, all the way to his big toe. After 4 weeks of treatment, his ODI was down to 30 (considered moderately disabled) and the sciatica pain no longer went down to his foot. After 8 weeks, the sciatica pain in his leg was completely gone and his ODI was 12. And at the end of his treatments, his ODI was a zero and his pain was completely gone!
This patient had tried everything short of surgery to help his back pain and sciatica. Even after suffering trauma to his back and experiencing several different causes of sciatic pain, our treatment was able to completely resolve his back problems and sciatica without drugs or surgery! He was able to get his life back! If you are suffering from any kind of back pain or sciatica, even if it was caused by injury or trauma, we can help you!
At the Illinois Back Institute we strive to educate everyone as much as possible about their back pain and sciatica, because it is proven that the more people know about their problem the more likely they are to eliminate it!
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