Karen had suffered with hip issues for a very long time but she first hurt her back a couple years ago while she was a nurse lifting up a patient. Right after that Karen started chiropractic care that helped until she started running marathons. The running was bringing back Karen’s hip pain. Then a couple months ago she woke up with severe back pain and it didn’t go away as the day went on. Then she went to sit down and ended up falling on the floor and had to be taken to the emergency room. They did nothing for her pain there so she had the doctor prescribe her pain medicine and went home.
The next day after the ER Karen went to the doctor and had an MRI. Her MRI showed a herniated disc in her l5 s1 and that was causing her to have pain radiating to both of her hips. The doctor then told her, “He felt I needed surgery and being an extremely active person. I knew that was the last route that I would take.” When Karen was a nurse she saw many people go through with back surgery and have a bad outcome. She did not want to take that risk. After doing some research Karen found the Illinois Back Institute. She came in and started treatment right away. “I was really concerned that the pain wasn’t going to go away and I wouldn’t be able to continue and run and I’m an avid hiker and I still have a few big mountains I want to climb and I thought I’m not going to be able to do any of this and I am totally, totally impressed that this has worked,” said Karen.
Karen’s pain level when she first came in was an 8 depending on how active she was that day. Karen is now only on her 5th treatment and is completely pain free! “I’m back to running. I ran 8 miles on Saturday and 6 miles on Sunday and I’ve got a couple races coming up this weekend. And I really have no pain so I’m able to do pretty much everything that I normally do,” said Karen. She highly recommends coming into the Illinois Back Institute before having any type of spinal surgery.