Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Repairing a Herniated Disc without Surgery in NYC

If you are suffering with severe back pain and have been diagnosed with a herniated disc (sometimes called a prolapsed disc), you may be considering surgery as a solution. However, at our practice, Living Well Medical in NYC, we take an integrative approach that can stop pain without the need for back/spine surgery. Using chiropractic care and non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000, pain from conditions like pinched nerves and herniated discs can feel like themselves again.

In many cases, when no other forms of treatment have been effective, discs in the lower back (lumbar discs) or neck (cervical discs) respond favorably to chiropractic, non-surgical spinal decompression or a combination of both. So many of the people we see have been everywhere, tried everything and found little or no relief. They have tried pain medication regimens, muscle relaxants, even spinal injections through pain management and are still in agony. They have exhausted the options that conventional medicine has presented them. But, of course, back surgery for a herniated disc can be a terrifying prospect, so they come to our NYC office in search of an alternative.

Chiropractic adjustment seeks to root out spinal misalignments that can be the cause of pain. A herniated disc will in many cases respond to manual therapy like chiropractic, but it’s true that a small percentage will not find relief. For these patients a combination of non-surgical spinal decompression and adjustment can help ease the pain in their neck or lower back.

Non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 is a huge technological advancement in the field of treatment of conditions like herniated or bulging disc, pinched nerves, and degenerative disc disease without having to go under the knife. This computer-guided machine puts patients in a harness that helps direct a precise amount of force at the specific intervertebral disc that has bulged, herniated or otherwise failed in its function. Over the course of a treatment, the machine goes through a stretching phase followed by a period of semi-relaxation. The stretching helps increase the space between the vertebrae, stretch ligaments, and elongate the spine. In addition, the DRX9000 monitors biofeedback to determine if muscle guarding is occurring so that it can reduce the amount of stretching.

Over the course of a typical spinal decompression treatment cycle, these stretches help to create negative pressure inside of a disc which can pull herniated or bulging disc material back into its proper position, relieving nerve compression and pain in the process.

It’s true that non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 is not a panacea for back pain. There are a number of other factors to be addressed like lifestyle choices, exercise training and overall wellness. However, it’s also true that non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 gives patients hope for back and neck pain relief without surgery.

For patients still in pain because of a herniated or bulging disc, Living Well Medical in NYC wants to help you. Call us today at 212-645-8151 or visit our website at Living Well Medical.

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