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The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog

CBS Health Watch; Where Surgeons Go When They Have Pinched Nerves

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Dr Nick struggled with back pain and neck pain for years.  When he started to have numbness in his hands he became very concerned.  As a surgeon he knew very well that his hands were very important for his career.
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Top Causes and Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Mar 07, 2014 @ 02:58 PM

Pinched nerves that occur in the back can be quite painful but they are often easily diagnosed due to their unique symptoms. The Illinois Back Institute provides treatments for sufferers that utilize pain-free methods to correct issues that can lead to back pain.

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Topics: sciatic nerve treatment, sciatica, sciatic nerve, pinched sciatic nerve, sciatica nerve pain relief, pinched nerve

Dan Hampton & Dr. Jeff on WCIU’s You and Me This Morning

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:49 AM

In this clip of WCIU’s You and Me This Morning Dr. Jeff brings Chicago Bear Super Bowl Champ and Illinois Back Institute patient Dan Hampton. After 12 years of football Dan Hampton’s body took a big beating. It came to a point where he couldn’t do much without being in constant pain. Dan’s wife, Gina, had been a patient of Illinois Back Institute a while back and she recommended Dan start doing therapy with us.

When Dan came in his MRI showed he was suffering with degenerated disc in his lower back and a pinched nerve in the neck. Dan thought he would never be normal again. Dan has had 16 different knee operations but his back pain was a different type of pain. He woke up every morning in pain knowing everything he did would worsen it.

At the Illinois Back Institute the process takes the pressure off the disc and slowly we are able to get people back on their feet and living a pain free lifestyle. Dan was also given different exercises and stretches to continue strengthening his back. Dan is now back to golfing and living his life pain free thanks to our treatment.

“When your back gets into a situation where you’re having to deal with constant pain and you think well this is the way it’s going to be the rest of my life, it’s not. You can go see these folks! They can make you, you know, go back and wind back the clock,” said Dan Hampton.



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What is a Pinched Nerve?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

A pinched nerve in the back is when you suffer from pain or weakened function of a nerve that is under pressure. Meaning that the nerve is being compressed, and the compression is causing pain in your back. It happens to nerves that control muscle movements or transmit sensations to the brain. A nerve extends from your brain and spinal cord, like a hose sending important messages throughout your body.  If the nerve gets pinched, like a hose, the flow up and down is reduced or blocks causing the nutrients to stop flowing. Your body then sends you warning signals such as pain to alert you of the pinched nerve. Do NOT ignore these warning signals.

What can cause a pinched nerve?

  • Herniated Disc
  • Bulging Disc
  • A pinched nerve in the lower back or buttock causing sciatic nerve to be compressed can cause sciatica.
  • Inflammation of scar tissue around the joint can interfere and irritate the nerve.
  • Misalignments of the spine can apply pressure to the nerves.


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Typical symptoms of a pinched nerve

Pinched nerves are very common in your lower back and neck.
  • Pinched Nerve in the lower back symptoms:
      • Shooting pains down the buttocks and legs.
      • Radiating pain down the leg into the foot.
      • Numbness or tingling in your toes and feet.
  • Pinched Nerve in the neck symptoms:
      • Shooting pains in the neck, shoulders, arms and fingers.
      • Numbness and tingling in the fingertips and in the hands.
  • Muscle spasms in the back are common with pinched nerves.
  • In some cases there may be a loss of movement skills, reflexes, pain sensation in the affected area, and the weakening of the affected muscles.

In some cases the pain and sensations can come from a part of the body that is not where the pinched nerve is located. For example, a pinched nerve located in the lower back may cause pain in the persons calf. Weakness might increase where the nerve damage has constant pressure.

The damage from a pinched nerve can cause temporary or long-lasting problems so it is very important to be diagnosis early. The earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment for nerve compression, the more quickly you'll find relief. At Illinois Back Institute we are able to diagnosis and treat your pinched nerve through Functional Disc Rehydration. Patients can reactivate the muscles and discs that were once causing pain. 

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