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Case Study #105 - Wow! Massive Herniated Disc Treatment Saved This Patient From Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 09:11 PM

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Not all herniated discs are the same. They come in all shapes and sizes, and this one qualifies as massive. The herniated disc was so big that it was pressing on the nerves on the right side and the left side of this patient's low back. We see some big ones and this is definitely top 3.

This 49 year old female presented to our office with a very large herniated disc and severe back pain.  Her pain started in 2010 and over time was definitely getting worse. An average day of pain for her was a 4 and when it got bad it was up to an 8-9 (ten being the worst).

  • Before she came to see us she had some physical therapy at a well-known clinic. Then in August of 2013 she received 2 injections of cortisone in her back. 


Because those therapies did not work she ended up in the office of a Neurosurgeon. He said she needed surgery, but before he would do the surgery she needed to lose weight.  He wanted to perform a fusion surgery, the most costly and the most complicated of all back surgeries.

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She reluctantly decided that the surgery was her only option because she couldn’t live with the pain any longer. The herniated disc and sciatica were so bad that the doctor advised her not to exercise, so she had to lose the weight by restricting her calories. (Probably the hardest way to lose weight)

She set out on her plan and was working hard to lose weight.  Then she saw our TV show and thought, "well what I have got to lose?  I am sitting around waiting to lose weight before the surgery; I might as well give it a try!"

When she entered our clinic her primary goal was to eliminate her pain, and if we could help eliminate the herniated disc that would be great.  Her secondary goal was she wanted her life back.  She had scheduled a motorcycle tour of Europe for the 4th of July and was concerned that she would not be able to sit on the motorcycle let alone do it for a whole week.


Her thoughts were also that if she went through with the surgery the recovery time would prevent her from this once in a lifetime event (And it was nonrefundable.)

So we started with therapy and worked hard to make her feel better. Our goal was to eliminate the pain and make her strong enough to participate in the European motorcycle tour. Also we were determined to try to eliminate her herniated disc.

Progress was slow and with the herniated disc being as large as it was we knew she would be a challenge but our team was committed and always up for a good challenge.

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At the end of care we were able to determine that she was stable and strong enough to participate on her motorcycle tour.  We sent her for a follow up MRI and I am very happy to report that her Massive Herniated Disc was gone.  She was pain free and herniation free and went on her motorcycle tour pain free.

Our goal is eliminate your pain and help you avoid surgery but most importantly we give you your life back! 

If you want to get pain free, eliminate your back problems and live your life call us today.

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Topics: sciatica and treatment, back surgery, back doctor, herniated disc sciatica nerve, herniated disc in back treatment