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After Herniated Discs Surgery Failed Karen Found Relief

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 12:07 PM

Illinois Back Institute patient, Karen had been suffering with back pain since 1997. The pain was so bad Karen actually went through and got surgery. The pain went away for a while but came back even worse. Unfortunately, approximately 10% of patients will experience another disc herniation in the same spot after surgery. This is most likely to happen within the first three months, although it can happen years later. Karen thought she would have to go back under the knife to get rid of the pain.

Karen decided to put off the surgery and give the Illinois Back Institute a try. Karen’s MRI showered that she was suffering from two herniated disc that were causing her legs to go numb to the point that she could hardly walk. It is common for a herniated disc to cause pain in the legs, arms, low back or neck. A herniated disc, or one that has been worn down, has little fluid and becomes “dehydrated.” At the Illinois Back Institute we use Functional Disc Rehydration that aims to take pressure off of vertebral discs, allowing oxygen and nutrients into a disc’s nucleus. Then we work on reintegrating and reactivating the muscles by strengthening and stabilizing the spine.


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Karen has finished her treatment at the Illinois Back Institute and feels wonderful. She can finally sit down, drive long distances, do work and get back to her normal lifestyle.

  • “I don’t have any sensation of pain or the lightening bolt that would go down my leg.”
  • “I recommend it all the time for anybody that I know has any type of neck or back pain."
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