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Is it Possible to Re-hydrate a Bulging, Herniated, or Degenerative Disc?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

water disc rehydration resized 600     In a word: yes. It IS possible to rehydrate and rejuvenate damaged spinal discs--to relieve back pain for good. At the Illinois Back Institute, we’ve seen thousands of patients free themselves from years of back pain with our revolutionary natural back pain treatment called Functional Disc Rehydration™. (There is no medicine or surgery involved with this treatment)

This non-invasive treatment  has helped patients with back pain from a variety of causes to become pain free. Patients with all of these types of spinal pain have been helped with this innovative therapy.


Our Patients Include; Hall of fame football players, Super bowl champs, former NFL Players, former NBA Players, Neuro Surgeons, Orthopedic Surgeons, Dentist, Soccer Moms and just about every other kind of profession and person.

Functional Disc Rehydration™ has proved to be effective for:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Slipped disc, prolapsed disc or ruptured disc pain
  • Spinal stenosis pain
  • Sciatica, lower back and leg pain
  • Pain from past back injuries
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Back strain
  • Neck pain
  • Arm pain
  • Knee and hip pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • And other conditions

The treatment has helped both men and women regain their quality of life--and can be effective for people of almost any age, from the very young to senior citizens. This simple, natural back pain treatment was developed in response to back pain patients’ need for pain relief--without the downsides of other back pain treatments.

Functional Disc Rehydration: A healthy alternative to ineffective and risky back treatments

Medication: Relying solely upon medication to help relieve back pain can lead to trouble. Even non-prescription NSAIDs have side effects (including stomach bleeding and liver damage with too-high daily dosage) and are best if taken only for short periods of time. Prescription medicines can, in the worst cases, lead to addiction. They can also keep you from driving your car or enjoying other activates due to drowsiness or nausea.

Injections: Epidurals (corticosteroid injections) can only be done a few times per year and to provide temporary relief. Over time, if done too frequently, the steroid can: cause flushing, sweating and insomnia, weaken nearby tendons, raise blood pressure, cause easy bruising and facial puffiness, contribute to the formation of cataracts, bone thinning and more.

Surgery: Any surgery carries risk. Back surgery risks include an unfavorable outcome, making back problems worse, or a neutral outcome with no improvement. After back surgery, there is no guarantee that back problems and pain won’t recur. A significant recovery period is required and surgery is expensive. General anesthesia also carries risk.  What's more, back surgery does not restore the discs, but instead removes part of the disc or bone, or fuses bone.

Restoring disc function, naturally

Even if surgery didn't work and other treatments have failed to relieve your back pain, you can get relief. Functional Disc Rehydration™, developed by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer, D.C., of the Illinois Back Institute, helps restore the water content that healthy discs normally contain. This restores the discs ability to act as shock absorbers between spinal vertebrae. The process relieves pressure from the damaged disc, allowing oxygen and important nutrients to flow back into its center. The procedure carries none of the side effects of other treatments and involves no injections or drugs. The therapy can eliminate pain, even for those who’ve suffered for years. It can also help, along with other natural therapies, to restore the full range of motion to the back and limbs. 

Are you ready to finally stop the cycle of back pain and regain a healthier spine? To learn more about our personalized therapies, schedule a free consultation with a back specialist at the Illinois Back Institute today!


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Topics: degenerative disc, herniated disc, bulging disc, Functional Disc Rehydration