A 40 year old male came to one of our clinics looking for help with his back pain and sciatica. The pain had started when the man was still in his 20's, and at first he thought it wasn't a big deal and he could just "tough it out." He figured he was too young to have a bad back. But over the years the pain just continued to get worse, and started traveling down his leg as well. He tried several different methods to control the pain, even including resorting to spinal injections, but nothing was able to provide anything more than temporary relief. The doctors told him that surgery was the only option he had left, and that was something he definitely wanted to avoid. He was beginning to think he had no choices left, until he heard about the Illinois Back Institute.
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The patient's back pain first started in his late 20's and progressively got worse, until eventually the pain was even traveling down his leg to his knee. During that time he had been to see 4 different doctors to try and relieve his pain, and they had prescribed several therapies and drugs to try and control the pain. These methods included:
- Traditional physical therapy
- Chiropractic therapy
- Massage therapy
- Pain pills
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter drugs and NSAIDs
Most of these treatments only helped with the pain for a little while, but it always came back. The doctors then tried spinal injections; and not just once, but three times. The injections helped for a short while, but again the pain returned. His doctors' final option was surgery, but he decided to come see us first to try and avoid that option.
When the patient first came to us he stated his pain level was at an 8, out of a scale of 0 to 10. We then tested him on the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), which is a measurement used by doctors to determine a patient's level of disability as related to their back pain. Our patient scored a 66, which is considered a "Crippling Disability", meaning that the back pain is affecting all aspects of the patient's life and intervention is required for the patient to get better.
Next we needed to look at the patient's MRI and medical history to find out just exactly what was wrong with his back and was causing his sciatica. There are five main causes of sciatica, which are:
- Herniated Disc
- Bulging Disc
- Degenerated Disc
- Spinal Stenosis
- Piriformis Syndrome
Our patient had almost all of them! It was determined he was suffering from a Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Degenerated Disc, Spinal Stenosis, and a pinched nerve as well. It was no wonder he was in so much pain with that many spinal problems. Fortunately for him, we can treat all of those conditions, and we got started immediately.
We stated earlier that on the patient's first day his pain level was an 8 and his ODI was a 66. After one month of treatments, his ODI was down to 30 and his pain was down to 3. After 2 months, his pain was a 2 and he no longer had pain in his legs. And at the end of his treatments, his pain level was a 1, his sciatica was gone, and his ODI was under 20, which is considered safe!
This man had been suffering with severe back pain and sciatica for over 12 years, and for years had tried almost everything short of surgery to find some relief. None of his doctors could help, but we were able to relieve his back pain and sciatica, and give him his life back. If you are suffering from back pain or sciatica, we can help you too!
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