William Rolfes started suffering from lower back pain in high school after injuring himself while playing water polo. He went to different doctors over the years and tried different treatments. William was never recommended surgery but told to continue doing physical therapy. Recently, his lower back pain increased to a pain level between 8-10. “My pain level was between 8 and 10. I wasn’t sleeping at night at all. Any kind of medication that I took to either relax my muscles or elevate the pain wasn’t effective,” said William.
William heard about the Illinois Back Institute and decided to go in and give it a try. He had done physical therapy in the past but nothing like what is done at IBI. He felt that IBI’s treatment is more extensive & focused on the actual injury. “My goal when I first started treatment was to alleviate the pain that I was under. I’ve been able to achieve that,” said William. His next goal was to resume normal activities like sitting, standing & walking. Not only has he been able to complete those but also he is also back to ballroom dancing and walking 2 miles a day without any pain at all in his lower back.
“I’m getting stronger, much more flexible. I am able to do more without becoming fatigued or feeling pain,” said William. He is so confident in the success of his treatment that William has set an even larger goal to achieve an open water swim in the ocean on his next vacation.
When we asked William about the staff he explained how they were very detailed individuals that correct any biomechanics problem you may have. He said the staff was encouraging and work great together as a team. “They know each patient individually and because of that they give each patient individual attention that they need,” said William.
William suggests to anyone who suffers from lower back pain to not wait and come into the Illinois Back Institute right away. “My personal experience here has shown that if you work hard and apply yourself to the therapy regimen and it succeed in alleviating the back pain and actually become stronger and then get back to normal life.”