Jennifer Hawk has been suffering with back pain since her early 20’s but over the last 2 years the pain has gotten severely worse until one day when she ended up in the emergency room. Jennifer felt a little relief after trying chiropractors, drugs, muscle relaxants, painkillers and nothing was working. Almost a year after her trip to the emergency room, Jennifer’s back pain flared up again causing her to think she might have to live with the pain for the rest of her life.
Jennifer was a very active person. She had to give up activities like taekwondo and yoga. The pain was so intense she couldn’t get her daily activities or work done. Jennifer ended up leaving her job as a stitcher at a costume shop in Chicago due to extreme pain she felt while sitting.
- “It was disheartening. I felt like I wasn’t going to necessarily be myself anymore because I had such a history of being active and being able to physically do whatever I wanted to do. I had a reputation for being very strong and that was fading.”
Jennifer came into the Illinois Back Institute to treat her pain. In her MRI we found she was suffering from a herniated disc, bulging disc and degenerated disc. Through our therapy, Functional Disc Rehydration, we were able to go to the heart of the problem and take pressure off of vertebral discs, allowing oxygen and nutrients into a disc’s nucleus.
- “The first day that I walked in here I was in such pain that I could not even stand long enough to fill out my paperwork. I couldn’t sit down in the waiting room. They had to let me go shuffle out in the back to go lay on the bed in the doctors office because I couldn’t stand. My entire body was contoured when I walked in there and they were so kind and they were so patient. It’s not going to cost you anything just to investigate.”
After only 11 months of our treatment Jennifer is already back doing yoga and feeling great! Before coming to the Illinois Back Institute Jennifer thought the pain would be an annual occurrence in her life but not she sees a bright future ahead.
- “I can look at the future and go oh no this may not be an annual occurrence. This isn’t going to be an expected part of my life.”