We recently received this email from one of our Orland Park patients thanking us for successfully healing her herniated disc. All of us at the Illinois Back Institute are so happy for her and wanted to share her story! Check out her letter below!
My name is Sarah Carrier and I started going to the Back Institute in May of 2011. I am hoping they remember me, and anyway I had to take myself out of the therapy for personal reasons and insurance changes in July 2012. When I left, I was still having some pain, but nothing near when I started. I just wanted that office to know that I am 100% better. In case they don't remember me, my story was that I had a herniated disc that started in 2009 and I was stuck at a 90 degree angle and could barely walk or do pretty much anything I could do before. I became depressed, and went to PT four days a week until I was finally fed up and registered for surgery in May 2011 in which the surgery was schedule for August 2011. However, my friend saw you guys on TV and told me I should go, so I thought at this point, I got nothing to lose. Within the first couple of weeks, the pain went down, and over the course of months I was able to do a lot more things, even though I was still in pain (it was just a lot less pain). I was going to continue with therapy but my new job had different insurance and I just didn’t have the money. So, I got the new job in Chicago and it required me to walk 6 blocks from the train station. I was talking to Dr. Walker about it because I couldn't walk for more than 5 minutes (unless I was on the treadmill in traction) and so I didn't know how I was going to make it. He suggested I find a way to get there, but insisted and emphasized that I HAD to walk back at the end of the day. I was of course terrified that it would take me an hour. The first day I did it, it took about 30 minutes, but I kept doing it. Anyway the moral of the story is, with the exercises I was given and the walking I did on the suggestion of Dr. Walker, I am pain free and have been since March 2012 and started the walking in Jan 2012. I can do everything I want, and I am! I have my life back, seriously it's amazing. There is way more to the story about me being basically a guinea pig for all the other doctors out there, but Dr. Walker was the first doctor to tell me to walk, and he was sympathetic to the fact that I may not have been able to as well I as I would have liked, but that walking changed my life. And honestly, without The Back Institute I wouldn't even have been able to walk because of the pain. So can someone please let the Orland Park Office know, well maybe just Jan and Dr. Walker (don't know if anyone else would know me) if they are both still there, that they basically saved my sanity and my back, and I owe them more than this email or any gift could ever repay. I have to say thank you in general to the whole process because I never thought I was going to be able to have a normal life again without risky surgery.