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He Tried Everything Short Of Surgery To Relieve His Back Pain And Sciatica, But Nothing Worked Until He Came To IBI

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 05:04 PM

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A 35 year old male came to our clinic with back pain and leg pain that was not getting better. He had been experiencing pain for years but in the previous six months the pain started becoming intolerable. On a scale of 1 to 10 his pain was an average of 7 (10 being the most severe), and was so bad that he could not work. Before he came into the Illinois Back Institute he had tried many different therapies; none of which helped, and in his words some made him worse.

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The therapies he had tried before entering into the treatment at the Illinois Back Institute were as follows:

  1. Chiropractic
  2. Physical Therapy
  3. Epidural Shots
  4. Narcotic Medicine for Pain
  5. Wearing a Back Brace

His goal on entering our treatment was to get rid of the pain in his back and neck, and more importantly avoid surgery. He heard about us on television and did not think the treatment would work because nothing else had. But he was willing to try anything to not have to go under the knife.

On day one he rated his pain a 7 (10 being the most severe) and his Oswestry Disability Index was scored at a 42 (0-100). The index is an indicator of how well the patient can perform activities of daily living. The score is used as a way to measure the effect your pain has on your ability to live your life. The higher the score the more your life is affected by your pain. Patients that score 42 do not get better on their own and typically end up in surgery. A score of 42 would indicate the patient was severely disabled from the pain.

All the other interventions had not successfully helped our patient feel any better, and he continued to have a score of 42 indicating a severe disability from the pain, we were his last hope for regaining a normal life.

His MRI revealed he had a Grade 1 Degenerative Spondylolisthesis accompanied by diffuse disc bulge resulting in bilateral stenosis in his low back. At a second level in his low back he had a Herniated Disc that resulted in pinching of the sciatic nerve.


Our patient was experiencing complicated back problems, and if they did not get better he would be looking at a surgery on his spine. The surgery of choice for this patient was most likely be a fusion of the vertebrae of his spine. This is a very complicated and costly surgery with a lengthy recovery time.

Our evaluation revealed that the patient has issues with his posture that caused the increase in load on his discs. He also had some muscle weakness in his primary stabilizers of his spine and his core. Our goal was to decrease the pain and facilitate healing in the disc and spine and reactivate and strengthen his stabilizing muscle and correct his posture. 


After 12 treatments his pain had dropped to a 4, and his ODI (Oswestry Disability Index) had lowered to a 32. After his 24th treatment we saw his pain go down to a 2 and his ODI at a 30. Also, it was at this time that he started to have days where the pain was completely gone in his leg. After his 36th treatment the pain in his back and leg dropped all the way down to ZERO, and his ODI dropped below 20.

He was improving at a steady pace as expected. He had very complicated back problems (as were evident on his MRI), had tried 5 other therapies that failed to improve his condition, and he had a very high Oswestry score. This combination we knew would indicate a slower recovery period. Patients that have their problem for years tend to take a little longer but with persistence we see the scores improve and the patients start to feel better and get their life back.


At the Illinois Back Institute we strive to educate people as much as possible about their back, neck, and sciatica pain, because it has been proven that the more people know about their pain the more likely they will be to get rid of it!

Our 9 Step Solution specializes in treating the causes of back pain and sciatica. Are you ready to put an end to your pain? Schedule a Free Consultation by calling us at 844-408-0462 or click here!



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