Thursday, July 14, 2011

Treatment for a Bulging Disc

As far as problems with the back and neck go, pain related to the intervertebral discs is among the worst. It might feel like a fire running through your body, or like electricity shooting up and down your extremities. It more than likely is debilitating and causing you to live your life differently and without much enjoyment. Chronic and severe pain has a way of sapping the joy out of even the greatest moments.

Among the causes of major pain related to discs is the bulging disc; while in most instances, a bulging disc is not something to worry about, even occurring without a person knowing it, there are times when it can be a source of agony. Obviously, that’s when it’s time to seek treatment.

Treatment for a bulging disc can take several forms, and they vary from the completely non-invasive to surgical intervention in the most severe cases. As it related to my practice, Living Well Medical in NYC, there are a number of options available that can resolve pain to restore quality of life. Here I’ll be discussing a few of our approaches that we use in our office for treatment of conditions like bulging spinal discs.

Being a chiropractor, chiropractic techniques are one of the most common treatments performed at my office. In particular, when it comes to bulging discs, we use what is called the Cox Flexion Distraction Technique. Using this technique, a specialized table helps a chiropractor perform several precision adjustments while the patient keeps a comfortable position. Cox Flexion Distraction can also be used to treat herniated discs, sciatica and other back and neck issues.

Physical therapy is also an important part of treatment for a bulging disc because it helps patients to avoid relapse after treatment is complete and pain is relieved. Educating the muscles that support the back and neck can prevent re-injury by supporting the spine properly. We have a physical therapist on staff who sees to our PT patients.

Spinal disc decompression is a non-surgical technology that we incorporate that aims specifically at helping patients who suffer with disc problems. In a spinal decompression session, a patient is placed on a therapeutic table with a harness around their lower body (if used for lower back pain). A precise stretch is applied which creates more space between the targeted vertebrae in the spine. Over time, this can allow the bulging or herniated disc material to return to its original position which in turn reduces or eliminates pain. Although not for everyone and in no way a magic solution, spinal decompression can be extremely helpful to patients suffering with discogenic pains.

As you can see, we have a number of therapies available that are effective treatments for pain related to a bulging disc. If you need help, don’t hesitate to call Living Well Medical in NYC at 212-645-8151 and make your appointment today.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor