Dr. Jeff and LPGA Golfer/current Illinois Back Institute patient, Meredith Duncan make an appearance on WCIU’s You and Me This Morning to tell her back pain story. Meredith came to the Illinois Back Institute a couple months ago after being referred by LPGA golfer Nicole Jeray. Nicole Jeray completed treatment at the Illinois Back Institute and no longer is suffering from back pain. Nicole is now playing the best golf of her life (Watch Nicole Jeray’s Story here).
At the young age of 33 years old Meredith has been suffering from severe back pain for most of her life. Meredith’s own mother has had 10 failed back surgeries and her sister has had 2 failed back surgeries. She knew that surgery would not be an option for her. In 2012 the pain had worsened but she kept pushing through it until Nicole suggested she fly in for treatment.
When Meredith first came in we were having some difficultly pointing out the exact problem area. Dr. Jeff suggested Meredith take 3 different MRI’s each in a different position. First she did an MRI lying down, which is non-weight bearing. That MRI didn’t show the issue. For the second MRI she was standing up, which is weight bearing and this showed a bulging disc. In the third MRI Meredith stood in an extension position. When you’re a golfer you finish your shot in extension. That MRI showed the bulging disc completely popping out.
The goal is to now focus on the problem area and take the pressure off the disc. This will start the healing within the disc and then stabilize the muscles. We want to get her at the point where she can control it so that she doesn’t overload the disc every time she golfs. The overloading of the discs causes the breakdown. Meredith has just started her first few treatments. She has flown in and is staying in Illinois for 4-5 weeks for treatment at Illinois Back Institute. Our program is normally 3 months but we have put together a team on chiropractors, physical therapists, and even a Nike 360 golf certified trainer to focus on her treatment. Meredith can already feel some progress just after a few treatments. “I definitely have a lot of hope now,” said Meredith Duncan.