Posts tagged Herniated Disc
How to Treat Herniated Discs Without Surgery

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.

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The Fear of Addressing The Problem Is The Real Problem

Most patients come into a doctor’s office with some sort of abnormal symptom that have been going on a long time. We all expect a state of dis-ease to heal itself and many times, over a period of days, you will start feeling better. The innate nature of the human body is to attain a state of homeostasis. A lot of patients are looking for a quick fix which is possible if the condition has been there for a short amount of time. But if you keep putting off taking care of that check engine light on your car, sometimes you end up with a bigger problem than it should have been. Of course, what keeps people from coming into see the doctor?

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Sciatica Treatment: Surgery or Chiropractic?

Sciatica, the word and diagnosis every patient seems to know. Sciatica simply refers to the symptoms of pain, weakness or tingling in the legs as a result of compression or injury to the sciatic nerve. In two previous posts “Sciatica – Surgery Not Included” and “Sciatica – Part II” I discussed in more detail the diagnosis of sciatica. Today, I want to discuss the results of a study that compares head-to-head chiropractic manipulation and surgical microdiskectomy for the treatment of sciatica.

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Spinal Disc Problems – An Overview

Eighty percent of the population suffers from back pain at some point in their life and an estimated twenty percent suffer with back pain at any one point in time. Disc problems only constitute a small portion of these problems, but still involve a significant amount of the population. Disc problems involve a disc bulge, a disc protrusion/extrusion, and most commonly degenerative disc disease. Degenerative disc disease is a condition we see and deal with on a regular basis in our clinics.

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