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Case Study #115 - 4 Years of Back Pain And Sciatica Made Better With Our Non-Surgical Therapy

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

This case study involves a 51 year old female, 5'7", 210 pounds, with a Body Mass Index of 32.9. She came into our clinic suffering with crippling back pain for over 4 years.


The patient had severe back pain that radiated down her leg all the way to her foot (Sciatica). It had gotten so bad that it was affecting her quality of life on a daily basis. Over the past few years she had been to see three different doctors, who first recommended traditional physical therapy, and then later three injections into her spine to try and help with the pain. But these measures were only a temporary solution, and after a little while the pain would come back. She was also on many types of medications including:

  • Pain medications
  • Prescription and Over The Counter Drugs
  • NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory pain relievers)

Even after all of this, the pain was still as bad as ever. Her next step would have been surgery, which was something she wanted to avoid.


Then she came to Illinois Back Institute.

There are five things that can cause Sciatica. These are:

  • Bulging Disc
  • Degenerated Disc
  • Herniated Disc
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis


The patient had pain radiating down her leg, a classic symptom of Sciatica, along with other issues as well. She scheduled a consultation with our doctors, and they reviewed her history. After looking at her MRI and X-Rays, it was found that her Sciatica was being caused by a Bulging Disc, Degenerated Disc, and Stenosis, and she also suffered from Radiculopathy.


When she first started her non-surgical treatment with us her pain was between a 8 and 9 (out of a 1-10 scale), and her Oswestry Disablilty Index (ODI) score was a 52 (out of 100). The ODI scale is used as an indicator of how bad the disability is, and a score of 52 is considered severely disabled. With her high ODI score, along with the four years of near continuous back pain, she was a prime candidate for surgery.

  • After just four weeks of non-surgical treatments, her pain was down to a 3 and her ODI was at 38. 

After 8 weeks the pain radiating down her leg had completely stopped. Her range of motion had also increased. At the end of her treatments, the pain had been completely resolved. She was now pain free with her complete range of motion restored, and no longer needed any drugs or surgery.

  • Patient had over 4 years of back pain in her back, down her leg to her foot
  • Diagnosed with Bulging Disc, Degenerated Disc, Radiculopathy, Sciatica, and Stenosis
  • Pain was between 8 and 9
  • ODI was 52 (severely disabled)
  • After our non-surgical treatments were finished, pain was completely gone

Before the patient came to Illinois Back Institute, her only option for her pain was a complicated surgery. We were able to save her from surgery and her reliance on drugs, and allow her to live a pain free life.

If you have pain and feel like you have no options for pain relief, we can help! Call now: