Bulging, Herniated, and Slipped Disc Treatment

A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Its purpose is to separate the vertebrae (bones in the spine) from each other thus keeping open the spaces between the bones of the spinal column. These openings are how your nerves enter and exit your spinal column. These nerves transmit all information to and from your brain to your body parts and from your body parts back to the brain. When a disc slips, bulges or becomes herniated, the bones of the spine become misaligned and often the bones and/or the disc, presses against nerves which decreases their function and very often cause you to feel pain.

Typical Medical Interventions Include:

  • Neck Braces are used as an option to try to reduce tension by the affected discs.
  • Stretching and Strengthening Therapy to strengthen the area and muscles surrounding the disc space. This can be very helpful but does not correct the disc misalignment.
  • Pain management with anti-inflammatory medications, steroid pills and injections around the nerves or epidurals can be tried. These methods can be very effective in taking away the pain, but the problem is not fixed and often the problem continues to progress.
  • Radiofrequency is used to burn the nerves so you no longer feel pain. When the nerve heals, pain returns because the problem is still there.
  • Surgery. The traditional surgical technique is spinal fusion. It can be done from a posterior approach with screws and rods in the spine and adjacent bone graft or anteriorly with removal of the disc and placement of graph materials in the front. Sometimes surgeons will choose to place implants both in the disc and the screws from a posterior approach. With painful degenerative discs that cannot bear the patient’s weight without severe pain, spinal fusion is highly successful in eliminating pain. One of the long-term consequences of disc fusion can be accelerated degeneration of adjacent discs. Compensation for reduced motion at the fusion will cause hypermobility above and below the fusion thus tearing ligaments and wearing out the joints.

My approach is to correct the cause of the problem with treatments that may include a combination of, depending on your situation, instrument adjusting, cold laser, percussion therapy and therapeutic stretching and strengthening. All treatment is done without any twisting, turning, cracking or popping.

Treatment and results start with a thorough history, an orthopedic and neurological examination and weight-bearing x-rays. To schedule an appointment for a free consultation to see if you are a candidate for care, call today at (434) 245-8456.

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