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The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog

Dan Hampton, Kevin Butler, and Steve "Mongo" McMicheal talk about their back pain treatments. (Video)

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Sat, Nov 29, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

The '85 Champs played harder than any team has played football, and their spines paid the prices.  Hear the stories of the former NFL greats and what they did to eliminate their back pain. They suffered for years with back pain, neck pain, herniated discs and even sciatica.  They had tried surgeries and were no better off, in some cases they were worse.  

Click on the video to hear their stories about their experience at the Illinois Back Institute. 


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Illinois Back Institute – Back Pain Doctor Chicago

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 04:37 PM

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Chicago Back Pain – Is The Weather Affecting Your Pain Level?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 @ 01:40 PM

Most people complain that their pain increases due to the cold, rainy, damp weather but research has shown it’s not that. Scientist have not come to a full agreement that weather causes pain but there are some theories. One of the main theories scientist have is the change in air pressure. What is affecting most of the people is the barometric pressure, which is weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us. The barometric pressure often drops before the bad weather even occurs. The lower air pressure pushes less against the body, allowing tissues to expand -- and those expanded tissues can put stress on the joint. The best way to explain it is the body can either expand or contract based on outside pressure changes. Those changes are going to affect how pain is signaled in your body.

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Back Pain Illinois - Healing Instructions

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 02:39 PM

There are a few things that you need to be aware of as you go through the healing process at the Illinois Back Institute.

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Back Pain Solutions – Steve Orzech’s Testimonial

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 @ 01:51 PM

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Wheaton Back Pain Doctors Review

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 02:41 PM

"I have been going to the IL Back Instutue - Wheaton Office for almost 3 months now. I have to say my overall experience has been very good. A little about me and my back issues. In 1992 I shattered one of my lower vertebrae (L-2) and I had several of my vertebrae fused (L1 through L3). I was fine for almost 20 years but I recently fell while running/playing with my kids outside and herniated 2 of my lower discs, L4 and L5 of the lower back. Severe pain! I could not even move or get up for about 15 minutes. I immediately went to the emergency room and they took X-rays which showed nothing was broken. Good news, but I could hardly walk, sit or stand because the pain was so bad. An MRI a few days later showed 2 bulging/herniated discs. After about 6 weeks I was feeling a little better (thanks to my old Chiro and laying down most of the day). So, after feeling about 80% better I found the IL Back Institute while Google-searching for a place to help heal herniated or bulging discs. I really did not want to have another surgery. So I met with their office staff and told them I was having a lot of pain if I sit or stand longer than 5 minutes. They said they could probably help. They had their medical doctor do an exam and I started going there a few days later for therapy. They reviewed my MRI and then Ruth (the physical therapist) came up with specific exercises and stretches for me to do. She even printed out a list of the exercises (along with how-to photos) for me to do at home. I must confess, I didn't always do them at home but most of the time I did because I really did want to get better sooner rather than later. Ruth is great to work with. If your exercises are causing you a lot of pain, just tell Ruth about it and she will come up with different ones for you to try. Now let's talk about Chiropractic care. I have been a fan of Chiropractors for over 20 years since I first shattered my spine and had surgery. They are not a cure-all for everything and some are better than others but Chiropractors have a lot of good insight for many things that may be causing you pain. The Chiropractor at the IL Spine Institute has been absolutely AWESOME to work with. He takes time to listen to you and find out what activities and exercises help and which ones hurt or don't work. The adjustments that he does are more specific than the old-fashioned chiro-style where you are twisted and "cracked" which sometimes hurts. I went to the twist and crack Chiro's for 20 years. They have their place and I would still recommend them, but if you have a complex situation like mine you may benefit from a more gentle Chiropractor like they have at the IL Back Inst. The other great thing about this place is you have a whole team of people to work with to figure out what is really causing the pain and then try different things to help it get less and less and hopefully disappear.  You have an MD (medical doctor) a DC (doctor of Chiropractic) a PT (physical therapist) and several technicians to help if you have questions. I must admit I got a lot of relief my first few weeks and then the progress seemed to go slower after that. Sometimes the traction vest that I was wearing was uncomfortable. I learned that if the vest is hurting or uncomfortable just tell someone right away and they will make an adjustment and it usual helps. Sometimes I felt like I just didn't want to go and I just didn't want to do my stretches, etc. But in the end, I feel like this place is helpful and that I benefited from going hear. I am almost done with my treatment. I have about 6 to 8 visits left. All of the staff have been great to work with. Dr. Sheley is the Chiropractor and he is really genuine and takes his time with you. Ruth will kick your butt into shape. Don't let her see you slacking or you may get a few extra exercises for at home. LOL! Then there is Brett and Maggie who are technicians. They are really nice to work with too. After almost 3 months I feel like these people are pretty much friends now. But, as with anything in life, you get out of it what you are willing to put in. I didn't like some of my exercises and stretches but I did them anyway because I believed they could help and I really wanted to get better. I wasn't crazy about going 3 times a week but I really wanted to get rid of the pain. Besides, that gave me 4 days a week of not having to go. I hope others that are hurting find this review helpful. At least be willing to meet them and give them a try. I can't speak for the other offices in the suburbs because I only go to the Wheaton location, but I would like to think that the other places offer the same services just with different staff." said Wheaton Patient Matthew Personette
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Failed Back Surgery – Don’s Testimonial

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

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Avoid Back Pain While Shopping This Holiday Season

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 @ 10:37 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that over 50,000 people every year endure some sort of winter-related back injury, and 5,800 of those are holiday decorating-related. It is possible for you to sustain all sorts of strains in your back from carrying heavy purchases while shopping this holiday season. Don’t let back pain hold you back from getting the gifts for your loved ones.

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Back Pain Deaths Due To Prescription Drugs

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 @ 01:19 PM

Anyone that suffers on a daily basis from back pain will understand the intense agony that has to be dealt with and most people who have this problem end up visiting a medical doctor, who then prescribes them drugs to alleviate the pain. While these prescription drugs help to take the pain away, they are also extremely dangerous and can actually lead to death. Prescription drugs and back pain are often associated with one another, but these drugs are extremely dangerous and people need to understand what the effects of taking them can be.

Painkillers such as hydrocodone have been prescribed to a number of patients suffering from back pain, and while they help to reduce the pain, they have also ended up being the reason why many of these people have died from an overdose of the drug. It has been reported that 3,733 people died from an overdose of prescription drugs between the years 2006 and 2011. Coroner’s records show that 1,762 of these people died solely because of the drugs. Some people mixed alcohol and illegal drugs with the prescription drugs, which ended up being the toxic cocktail that ended their lives.

General practitioners, pain specialist and psychiatrists who are working alone are prescribing more and more of these drugs to patients who suffer from back pain, and the death toll is rising each and every year. Some of these medical professionals have been convicted of drug related offenses, but most of them have spotlessly clean records and continue to practice. Patients that go to these doctors do not realize the danger that they are facing, and most are not thinking about those possibilities at the time because they are in too much pain when they get there.

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Back Pain - What It Is & How To Treat The Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 02:36 PM

It is among the most common ailments there is, and one that 9 out of 10 Americans will experience at some point during their lifetimes; back pain. It can range from simple stiffness due to sitting in an unusual position, to a chronic problem resulting from trauma, or even a genetic condition. But whatever the cause, each year complaints about back pain are among the top five reasons people in the United States seek medical treatment and advice. 

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