Monday, June 19th, 2017
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.
Monday, October 4th, 2010
I have always condemned the chronic use of pain medication except for extreme cases. The reason being that pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. The idea and common practice of many individuals who take pain medication in order to be able to participate in physical activity boggles my mind. The fact that commercials advertise it for this use aggravates me even more. Why? The results of a recent study for a new pain relieving drug explain it perfectly.
Monday, December 21st, 2009
Aging brings about many difficulties. These new challenges become very apparent during the holiday season as you try to do all the things you used to be able to around the house. As we age we become more susceptible to injury and falls. The nerves of our body carry information at a slower rate, our muscles lose strength, and our joints lose range of motion due to degeneration. Somewhat of a gloomy picture is painted here, and this is reality to a degree, but many steps can be taken to decrease and slow down the effects of aging. If you yourself are dealing with these difficulties or you are the child or grandchild of someone who is, please read on to learn more about taking a proactive approach to preventing falls and reducing the chances of injury. Dealing with this reality now is much easier than when it is too late.