HERNIATED OR BULGING DISCS

A herniated disk is a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) that sit between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack to make your spine.

A spinal disk has a soft, jellylike center (nucleus) encased in a tougher, rubbery exterior (annulus). When too much pressure is placed on the disc, it bulges or herniates. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the nucleus pushes out through a tear in the annulus.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A HERNIATED DISC?

 

Signs and symptoms depend on where the disk is situated and whether the disk is pressing on a nerve. They usually end up affecting one side of the body.

Common symptoms of a herniated disc include:

Electric, Stabbing, Shooting or Burning Pain
Tingling or Numbness
Muscle Weakness

Arm or Leg Pain

 

 

WHAT CAUSES THESE SYMPTOMS?


Disk herniation is most often the result of a gradual, aging-related wear and tear called disk degeneration. As you age, your disks become less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor strain or twist. When the herniated disc ruptures and pushes out, the nerves may become pinched. 

RISK FACTORS

There are a few factors that can increase your risk of a herniated disk:

  • Smoking; Smoking is known to lessen the oxygen supply to the disk, meaning the disk can break more easily.

  • Weight; Excess body weight over-stresses the disks in your lower back.

  • Genetics; Some people inherit a predisposition to developing a herniated disk.

  • Occupation; Repetitive pulling, lifting, pushing, bending sideways and twisting also can increase your risk of a herniated disk. In summary, people with physically demanding jobs involving some kind of heavy/repetitive activities have a greater risk of developing back problems.

Now that you know what it is, what causes the symptoms and the risk factors, let's talk about getting you better!

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS LIKE?


In your first consultation, Dr. Ferris will hear you, and make a personalized treatment designed to achieve optimal decompression of the low back or neck. Dr. Ferris will dig deep to bring to light the real root of your pain, treating it at the source instead of the symptom.

The treatment is safe and even relaxing. Each treatment session of spinal decompression lasts approximately 30 minutes. During a session therapy you will notice a slow lengthening of your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. A patient safety switch give you an extra safety feature, as you can stop at any point should you feel discomfort. While some patients with extensively injured discs have reported mild discomfort during the first few treatment sessions, their discomfort subsides upon subsequent visits. Individual patient results may vary.

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL TREATMENT PROTOCOL?


A typical spinal decompression therapy treatment protocol consists of about 12-20 sessions over four to six weeks as the treatment will be designed to you. Some conditions require fewer visits; some require more. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed treatment program.

WHY IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY DIFFERENT FROM TRACTION, PHYSICAL THERAPY AND CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATION?


While traction, physical therapy, and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low as 40 mmHg, only spinal decompression therapy has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression therapy creates negative pressures as low as  -110 mmHg within the injured disc during the treatment session. Normally, pulls exerted on the spine trigger sensory receptors in the back to tighten the muscles surrounding the vertebrae and discs in an effort to protect them from injury. Spinal Decompression Therapy bypasses this response as it slowly pulls the spine and relaxes the back over an extended period of time, allowing the discs to be repositioned without tension and without causing spasm and muscle guarding. It is important for patients to make sure that they are treated on a high quality true spinal decompression table by a physician with years of experience and not an imitation spinal decompression table.

IS IT TRUE THAT RESEARCH HAS SHOWN UP TO 88.9% SUCCESS RATE FOR SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY?


Yes it is! More than 10 research articles have shown success rates for spinal decompression therapy to be up to 88.9%. In fact this statistics have been stated even for more than a decade. John Leslie M.D. and the Mayo Clinic reported at the 18th Annual Meeting American Academy of Pain Management in Tampa Florida on September 5, 2007 the following amazing statistics:

Multi-center, phase II, non-randomized pilot study utilizing spinal decompression therapy.
Designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of spinal decompression therapy in the treatment of chronic lower back pain.
Patients enrolled have an average of ten years of chronic back pain.
After two weeks of treatments of spinal decompression – 50% reduction in pain scores.
Upon completion of the entire six week protocol success rate of 88.9% was documented.

IS IT TRUE THAT PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, CELEBRITIES AND PATIENTS IN THEIR 90’S HAVE TURNED TO SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY AND COLD LASER THERAPY AS A SUCCESSFUL, NON-SURGICAL OPTION TO NECK AND BACK PAIN WITHOUT THE USE OF DRUGS, PILLS AND SURGERY?


Yes! Celebrities, professional athletes and even patients in their 90’s are turning to spinal decompression therapy and cold laser therapy as an affordable, non-surgical alternative to neck and back pain without the use of drugs, pills and surgery.

 

There has been a trend in recent years for people getting tired of taking pills that simply mask the pain and can cause all kinds of serious side effects. People are frustrated with getting shots that work the first time or two and then eventually have minimal or no effect. And one thing that never changes, is that people are scared of surgery. They have seen firsthand their friends and relatives who spent 1,000’s of dollars, having weeks of “down time”, have scars, and risked serious side effects and still ended up with a “failed back surgery syndrome”. New non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is not only effective and affordable but is also non-invasive and safe!

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Individual patient results may vary.