Herniated Disc Pain

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What is a herniated disc?

Herniated Disc

The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc.

Herniated discs can occur in any part of your spine. Most herniated discs affect the lower back (lumbar spine). Some happen in the neck (cervical spine) and, more rarely, in the upper back (thoracic spine). This topic focuses mainly on the lower back.


What causes a herniated disc?

Wear and tear of the disc. As you age, your discs dry out and aren’t as flexible as when you were younger.

Injury to the spine. This may cause tiny tears or cracks in the hard outer layer of the disc. When this happens, the gel inside the disc can be forced out through the tears or cracks in the outer layer of the disc. This causes the disc to bulge, break open, or break into pieces. Some of this gel can even leak outside the disc walls.

 

What are the symptoms?

When a herniated disc presses on the surrounding nerve roots, it can cause moderate to severe pain, numbness, and weakness in the area of the body where the nerve travels. A herniated disc in the lower back can cause pain and numbness in the buttock and down the leg. This is called sciatica. Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc in the low back.

 

If a herniated disc is not pressing on a nerve, you may have a backache or no pain at all. 

If you have weakness or numbness in both legs, along with loss of bladder or bowel control, seek medical care right away. This could be a sign of a rare but serious problem called cauda equina syndrome which is considered a medical emergency.

 

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?

Your doctor may diagnose a herniated disc by asking questions about your symptoms and examining you. If your symptoms clearly point to a herniated disc, you may not need additional tests.

Sometimes a doctor will do tests such as an MRI or a CT scan to confirm a herniated disc or rule out other health problems.

 

Are there any new methods for treating herniated discs without medication or surgery?

Dynamic Medical Services provides “Spinal Decompression” using the VAX-D Therapeutic Table.

Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical procedure developed for the treatment of painful and disabling low back disorders

VAX-D (Vertebral Axial Decompression) is designed to relieve pressure on structures that cause low back pain. The procedure relieves the pressure by achieving decompression of inter-vertebral discs and facet joints scientifically managed by a programmable logic controller.

 

Benefits of VAX-D

The effectiveness of the VAX-D Treatment has been the subject of published clinical studies which highlight the following benefits achieved in the majority of patients:

  •     Relief of acute or chronic (long term) low back pain and/or associated leg pain or numbness, generally
    within 1 month of onset of treatment
  •     Early return to work
  •     Non-invasive and nearly always safe
  •     No patient hospitalization
  •     Spinal decompression has been approved by the FDA.  It is non-surgical and non invasive.
  •     Spinal Decompression decreases pressure inside the discs and encourages healing.

Vax-D Spinal Decompression for Herniated Disc


How is VAX-D Treatment Applied?

Patients with low back pain are first examined and then evaluated in accordance with the indications for VAX-D Treatment. Patient medical histories, X-rays and CT/MRI scans are carefully reviewed to determine whether the individual patient qualifies for the procedure. If a patient qualifies for VAX-D Treatment, an individual treatment plan (usually consisting of 20+ treatment sessions) is developed to meet their specific needs.

Each session begins by fitting the patient with a patented pelvic harness designed to achieve optimal decompression of the lumbar spine. The patient lies fully dressed on the VAX-D® device and is properly positioned by a trained VAX-D technician to maximize comfort and safety. The controls and settings are adjusted in accordance with the individual patient’s treatment plan, and the procedure commences. The VAX-D device then applies precisely controlled tension along the axis of the spinal column to distract the vertebral segments and posterior facets of the lumbar spine and decompress the inter-vertebral discs. Each distraction cycle, lasting 60 seconds, is followed by a relaxation cycle of similar duration.

 

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