A herniated disc occurs when some of the soft, jelly-like substance located between your vertebrae, also called spinal discs, slips through its exterior. When these discs are healthy, they act as cushions for the spine, absorbing shocks and jolts, as well as helping the spine twist and turn. When discs are herniated, they can put pressure on nearby nerves, leading to pain, numbness, or stiffness.
Herniated discs are often located in the lumbar spine, also known as the lower back, or the cervical spine (the neck). Although sometimes asymptomatic, the most common symptoms of herniated discs include:
Herniated discs are common and can be caused by several things. For many people, they’re unable to identify a single event that caused their herniated disc. For others, they know exactly when and where it happened. One or more of the following are likely causes of herniated discs:
Because of the nature of the spine, herniated discs seldom completely heal on their own. Without treatment, chronic pain and limited mobility become a way of life.
When you’re looking for a non-invasive treatment for herniated discs, turn to Dr. Goldstein. He uses non-surgical approaches like spinal decompression techniques to help alleviate pain and help the spinal disc heal.
Dr. Goldstein uses spinal decompression to create negative pressure in the disc, causing it to retract. When this happens, it eliminates the pressure on the nerve that’s causing the pain.
Spinal decompression does more than just reduce pain. It also allows the disc to heal by reinstating the natural flow of oxygen and other nutrients. You simply lay on a computer-controlled traction table for 20-40 minutes while it gently manipulates your back, stretching your vertebrae just enough for the disc to return to its normal shape and size.
Through a customized and comprehensive treatment plan, Dr. Goldstein determines how many treatments you need and what other techniques may help. Most people need between 35-45 treatment sessions for complete healing, even though they start feeling relief much sooner.
Dr. Goldstein often uses spinal decompression in coordination with other chiropractic treatments, such as cold laser therapy and chiropractic adjustments as well as lifestyle counseling. If you think you may have a herniated disc, schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldstein to get to the root of your back pain.
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