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Case Study #105 - Wow! Massive Herniated Disc Treatment Saved This Patient From Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 09:11 PM


Not all herniated discs are the same. They come in all shapes and sizes, and this one qualifies as massive. The herniated disc was so big that it was pressing on the nerves on the right side and the left side of this patient's low back. We see some big ones and this is definitely top 3.

This 49 year old female presented to our office with a very large herniated disc and severe back pain.  Her pain started in 2010 and over time was definitely getting worse. An average day of pain for her was a 4 and when it got bad it was up to an 8-9 (ten being the worst).

  • Before she came to see us she had some physical therapy at a well-known clinic. Then in August of 2013 she received 2 injections of cortisone in her back. 

 

Because those therapies did not work she ended up in the office of a Neurosurgeon. He said she needed surgery, but before he would do the surgery she needed to lose weight.  He wanted to perform a fusion surgery, the most costly and the most complicated of all back surgeries.

She reluctantly decided that the surgery was her only option because she couldn’t live with the pain any longer. The herniated disc and sciatica were so bad that the doctor advised her not to exercise, so she had to lose the weight by restricting her calories. (Probably the hardest way to lose weight)

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Topics: sciatica and treatment, back surgery, back doctor, herniated disc sciatica nerve, herniated disc in back treatment

His Sciatica was so bad he couldn't work, he then found relief with our treatment. Case Study #106

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

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Topics: Sciatica Pain Reliever, back pain doctor chicago, sciatica nerve pain relief, herniated disc in back treatment, back pain with the leg

Symptoms of a Thoracic Herniated Disc

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Nothing good ever comes with back pain. It affects every part of life and leaves you depressed. Trying to self-medicate to cure a hurt back can exacerbate the problem as you mask the pain then cause further injury. Only a doctor can pinpoint the cause of your back pain because of the number of possible causes and similar symptoms.

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Topics: symptoms of a thoracic herniated disc, herniated disc pain relief, treatment of a herniated disc, treatments for herniated disc, herniated discs, herniated disc in back treatment, herniated disc in spine