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5 years of sciatica- Our treatment Case Study #101

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 05:19 PM

A 41 year old female presented to our clinic suffering with severe back pain and sciatica. She had been experiencing pain for 5 and a half years and her pains were getting worse. When she started treatment her pain in her back an in her leg was a 9 on a scale of one to ten. (10 being the worst)

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She was experiencing a clasic case of sciatica; the pain started in her back and traveled from her back all the way down her leg into her foot.

She had x-rays before she came in to see us and we ordered an MRI.  The MRI revealed the she had;

  1. Herniated Disc
  2. Degenerated Disc
  3. Bulging Disc
  4. Spondylolisthesis
  5. Stenosis 
  6. Pinched Nerve, Sciatica
I have a video of the 5 main causes of sciatica, and she had all 5. She was in bad shape and was definitely getting worse.


Over the last few years she had tried all possible treatments and found temprorary minimal relief, only to have the pain  eventually get worse. She had courses of care with the following;
  1. Physical Therapy
  2. Chiropractic
  3. Epidural Shots
  4. Pain Medication, Including Ibuprofin, and Muscle Relaxers
  5. Narcotics
She had seen 4 separate specialists before entering our clinic including a consultation with a surgeon who recommended surgery for her back.  Six months before coming into our clinic she had 3 injections into her spine to help eliminate her pains.  The shots were effective for a few weeks before the pain came back. 
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She had diminished reflexes in her leg as a result of her pinched nerve, and was also showing signs of weakness.  Her core was weak and she lacked endurance with simple activities.
When she started therapy with our program her pain was a 9 and her ODI was a 42%. Because she was experiencing the pain for over 5 years, in conjunction 5 different therapies and her ODI was still over 40% she was a prime candidate for surgery. 

Her goal was avoid the surgery, but we were difinitely her last hope.
After her first 12 treatments her pain was down to a 2 from a 9, she no longer had pain and numbness in her foot. Her reflexes were back to normal and her ODI score was 22.  She was making better progress then she had in the last 5 years.
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After 30 treatments her pain was at a 0, she no longer had any numbness and pain down her leg. Her core strength was better and her ODI was a 16.  ODI below 20 is considered the safe zone in therapy.  
  1. Patient had over 5 years of pain
  2. Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Degenerated Disc, Stenosis and Sciatica
  3. Pain in her back and leg and foot
  4. Pain when started at a 9
  5. ODI when started 42
  6. Pain in her back and log a 0 when finished care
  7. ODI 16 when she finished, into the safe zone.
We saved her from and inevitable surgery.  Any patient that has back pain for more than a year and receives therapy and still has an ODI score above 40 is a candidate for surgery, and this was the case with our patient. We were able to get her out of pain and create functional stability so she can live pain free.
If you have pain or feel like you have no options for pain relief, call now 
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