Michelle Benners had been suffering from severe back pain on and off for about 10 years before coming into the Illinois Back Institute. She was in constant pain making it hard for her to walk or even sleep. In February the pain became so intense she couldn’t do anything.
- “I’m too young to have these kind of problems so I was very worried as to what the future was going to hold.” Michelle
Michelle tried going to physical therapy, which helped temporarily, but the pain always came back. So in 1991 Michelle decided to go ahead with back surgery. The surgery was invasive, painful, recovery was hard and the pain ended up coming right back. The success of back surgery pain reduction is shockingly low. Among spinal surgery patients, one out of every four patients is dissatisfied with their surgery two years post-op. This is what we call “failed back surgery syndrome”, referring to the chronic pain that involves back or leg pain that occurs after a seemingly successful back surgery. Many patients suffering with failed back syndrome describe the pain as severe and never-ending.
Michelle was on the verge on having surgery again until she heard about the Illinois Back Institute. Michelle came into the institute hardly able to walk. After only 3 months of our treatment Michelle is already up walking and feeling completely better. “I feel good. I’m able to walk. Very minimal pain. I’m doing much better.” Michelle.
- “Try it! It’s worth it! Just try it instead of having surgery. I was on the verge of having surgery again and I really didn’t want to do that so try it and you’ll feel a lot better” Michelle