Soon after working at UPS, Tony Berardi was suffering from back pain. Over time, the pain and suffering became more severe to the point of having to crawl on his hands and knees to get around the house. He finally decided he would take care of himself and saw a specialist for his problem. His X-ray’s were showing no signs of injury and was sent to do physical therapy.
- Tony tried warm electrodes for about 3 weeks; he wasn’t seeing any improvement. The electrodes relaxed him for a little while, but later on the pain would become unbearable.
Tony was feeling hopeless and thought there wouldn’t be any other cure for him. He wasn’t a candidate for Cortisone epidural shots or pain pills due to the inflammation in his stomach. One day his wife was online and saw information for the Illinois Back Institute. He quickly made an appointment and went in for his free consultation. That morning Tony says, “The Illinois Back Institute changed my life as soon as I walked in the door.” They explained everything to him after they received his results of his MRI that afternoon.
- Tony’s MRI showed multi-level disc bulges in the L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1. The Illinois Back institute helped him eliminate his bulging discs with their non-surgical approach to rehydrating the disc. They also helped with core strengthening and stretches. He also used traction equipment to decompress the discs to allow for decrease in pain and increase in function.
Now he says, “I feel like a million dollars. I am a happy young man with a lot to look forward to.” Tony is now able to go back to normal daily tasks such as landscaping, lifting, bending and playing the organ at his church. He is also able to lift heavy packages with no more pain. The Illinois Back Institute helped give Tony his life back.