19-year-old Alexandra Berrick had been suffering with back pain for the past 5-6 years. Alexandra went to a chiropractor about two years ago. When she was receiving the treatment the pain would go away but right after she stopped going the pain came back. The pain actually came back even worse then before. She wasn’t given tips or any exercises to keep her back strong and healthy.
- “I think that’s why it didn’t work at the chiropractors because they didn’t strengthen the muscles like they do here at the Illinois Back Institute” Alexandra
Alexandra’s back pain became so intense she had to quit her high school golf team. Half of all recreational golfers suffer from back pain. Injuries to the lower back are most common for golfers. This can be caused by technique and repetition of hitting balls usually puts strain on the back leading to injury. A golf swing requires both golf specific strength and flexibility, particularly in your core area to tolerate the stress the low back is under. If your core is weak and or inflexible all the pressure will go to your lower back. With Alexandra’s back injury she had to give up playing with her team and even lost friends.
“I was just kind of worried if I would get to lead a normal younger person’s life, not having to worry about pain or anything,” Alexandra said. Alexandra decided to give the Illinois Back Institute a try instead of just hoping her pain would go away. After only one month she was already feeling great and back to doing activities every 19-year-old should do without feeling pain.
- “Now I feel so much better! I don’t have the pain that I use to at all!” Alexandra
Alexandra is so excited to get back out on the golf course, go for long walks and bike rides. She is glad she made the commitment and now feels like she has a bright future ahead of her.
- “I just think that you get so many useful tools to use after you’re here that you’ll get to maintain your back because of what they teach you.” Alexandra