Case Study #116 - Non-Surgical Treatment Relieves Years of Sciatic and Back Pain


sciatica_116A 35 year old female had been suffering with severe back pain for the past two years, and came into our clinic for help. She had been to doctors but no matter what they did, the pain just kept getting worse. She was at the end of her rope and did not know where else to turn. She just wanted the pain to stop.

Before coming to Illinois Back Institute, the patient had been to see three seperate doctors and they tried many things to try and relieve her pain, including:

  • Traditional physical therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Epidural Injections
  • Pain medications, including Narcotics
  • Prescription and Over-The-Counter medications, and NSAIDs

These treatments would work for a short while, but eventually the pain would always return, and worse than before. She knew that if her back kept deteriorating the way that it was, even after having two shots into her spine, she would eventually need surgery. That was something that she desperately wanted to avoid.

The patient, 5'7" and 145 pounds with a Body Mass Index of 22.7, had been experiencing pain that started at her lower back and traveled through her hips and all the way down to her knees. She was also experiencing decreased range of motion in her legs and back. She knew that these were symptoms of Sciatica, but what she didn't realize was that Sciatica can be caused by one or more of five conditions:

  • Bulging Disc
  • Degenerated Disc
  • Herniated Disc
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis

After talking with her and studying her MRI, our doctors concluded that she had was suffering from a Bulging Disc, Degenerated Disc, and Herniated Disc, along with Radiculopathy. At her first therapy session with us, her pain was an 8 (out of 10) and her Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), a score used as an indicator of disability, was a 36 out of 100. This is considered a moderate disability, and the fact that she had been having this level of pain for two years would lead most doctors to recommend surgery to try and repair the problem.

  • After a month of treatment at our clinic, her pain had dropped to a 3, and her ODI was down to 34.

After two months, her pain was nearly non-existant at a 1, her ODI was at 24, and the radiating pain down her leg was gone. At the end of her treatment schedule, her pain issues were resolved, her range of motion had returned, and her ODI was at 16, which is considered normal.

This patient had tried everything short of surgery to relieve her back pain before she came to Illinois Back Institute. We were able to help her get back to a normal life without surgery, and without needing to rely on drugs and pain medications. If you have back pain and the normal physical therapy or chiropractic measures aren't working, you need to give us a call. We can help you! 


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At The Illinois Back Institute we are dedicated to educating people, because we know that the more that you understand about your problem, the more likely you are to eliminate it. We specialize in Functional Disc Rehydration - a multi-disciplinary approach to making the back healthier without surgery, injections or medications. This works toward relieving the pressure off the disc by allowing the nutrients to flow back into it. In the meantime, the supporting muscles are strengthened and reactivated to help re-stabilize the spine.

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated, bulging, or degenerative disc or sciatica, you can schedule a Free Consultation by calling us at 855-972-3368 or by clicking here:

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