Erik Ingbretson started suffering from back and neck pain in 2007-2008. 3 bulging discs in his back and 1 in his neck were causing the pain. Erik's back and neck pain started from being an athlete and college football player, and then after college Erik began doing different activities like marathons and mixed marital arts, which also put a lot of stress on his back and neck. Before coming to the Illinois Back Institute he tried injections, chiropractic, massage, physical therapy and went to 2 or 3 orthopedic groups. Erik heard many failed back surgery horror stories and did not want to take that risk.
Erik came into the Illinois Back Institute in late September 2013 for 3 times a week. He was able to function normally but he wasn’t able to exercise like he was used to. His neck pain was so intense he couldn’t even do a push up or bend over. Now after almost 6 months of treatment Erik’s pain level is down to a 1. “I’ve seen you know, significant improvement in terms of all my symptoms.”
“It’s been a lot better in terms of just basic functionality around the house, family, working out. So yeah…it’s been great, really,” said Erik. His goal when he first came into IBI was to be as pain free as he could be and get back to doing all the things he used to be able to do. He’s had to modify his work out routine but he said “I would say I’m probably 85-90% to what my goal is.”
Erik has enjoyed his time at the Wheaton clinic and really enjoyed getting to know everyone that worked there. The staff also supplied him with stretches and exercises to do at home to help with his back and neck pain. Erik said those stretches and exercises have really strengthened his core.
“I think the biggest issue is that it’s a long process so I think a lot of people get discouraged. But if you keep with it, you know, you work hard, you have to put a lot of effort into it.”
When we asked Erik what would he tell people who are considering coming into Illinois Back Institute he said it’s a “No brainer!” When he first came in he met other patients that went through back surgery and were still in so much pain. Why risk it when you can come into IBI and find relief without surgery or drugs?