The classic allopathic approach initially is a course of steroids or non steroidal anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and pain. After these have failed to reduce the symptoms for a significant bulging or herniated disks (greater than 3-4 mm) a referral for an epidural steroid injection from a pain management specialist may be the next step. Finally their last option in many cases a discectomy with a laminectomy to open up the neural canal and take the pressure off the nerve. The problem with this option is now we have removed a chunk of the cartilage which weakens the structural system and like trimming the bubble off your car tire, the tire will go flat over time.
Another option is a form of specialized traction called Decompression therapy. The patient is placed on a comfortable table while an intermittent tractional force is applied via a computerized head at a specific angle, depending on the level of the disk and the appropriate weight designed to create a negative pressure within the disk to suck it in away from the neural structures. We have been treating with this device here at Frostwood Chiropractic for over 10 years with excellent success. The intermittent nature of the force allows for a pumping effect, to bring healing blood flow from the vertebral body, while allowing for comfortable muscular stresses. What does this mean? It means its super comfortable?
We have had great success with radiating arm pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the arm or hand caused by disks bulging or herniated in the cervical spine. We have treated hundreds of patients with sciatic pain radiating down the posterior and lateral leg extending as far as the foot as well as pain and/or numbness radiating down the front of the thigh, or along the femoral nerve. Back pain conditions that use to respond to Chiropractic manipulation but no longer does many times will adjust once the compressional affect has been neutralized. Nerve pain is not to be played with and should be considered a very serious condition. The longer it remains the more difficult it is to correct and the more threat to the nerve it involves. This is a tremendous, very conservative, non-invasive and much less expensive approach to significant disk problems.
June 19th, 2017 by Mark Hendry, D.C.
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