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Conditions

Disc Problems

Some people refer to a herniated disc condition as a “slipped disc”, but that is an inaccurate term. Nothing has actually “slipped”.

When a disc herniates, the outer fibrous rings break down or tear, allowing the gel-like center of the disc to protrude out beyond its designed limits.  This is typically a very painful condition.

Pain may be limited to the direct area of the disc (like low back or neck), or often it may affect a nearby nerve that radiates pain into an arm or leg.

Bulging, herniating, extruding, torn, ruptured, and prolapsed are all varying designations of a damaged disc, and are all conditions that may benefit from our spinal decompression therapy.

A herniated disc may be caused by arthritis, degeneration, or some type of physical injury.  See our “Disc Terminology” page for further detail on discs.

Discs Symptoms May Include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sharp buttock pain
  • Burning sensation in legs
  • Thigh or leg pain
  • Numbness in leg or foot
  • Hip pain
  • Neck pain
  • Radiating pain into arms

Can Herniated Discs Heal?

Yes, they can heal.  The treatment and time required, however, can vary depending on the location, type and severity of the damaged disc.  It is important to first identify the problem and then decide on a treatment plan with your doctor.

Neck/Back Pain

    Spinal Decompression Therapy Is Effective For:
  • Ruptured Discs
  • Sciatica
  • Neck/Back Pain
  • Arm/Leg Pain
  • Numbness/Tingling
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Failed Surgery

Obviously pain in one’s neck, back, arm or leg may be caused by a multitude of possibilities.  Often the cause is hard to isolate.  Proper and thorough examination and evaluation are often needed to uncover the source of the problem.

If it is determined that the pain is discogenic, that is resulting from a problem with the disc, then spinal decompression therapy may very well be the best and most appropriate approach to fixing the problem and eliminating the problem, for good.

Damage to a spinal disc can create local inflammation or put pressure on surrounding nerves which likely causes the pain in the affected neck or back region, or even produce radiating pain to an arm or leg.

We invite you to schedule with us a consultation to determine if your neck, back, arm or leg pain may be the result of a disc problem and help decide if spinal decompression is the right approach to helping you fully heal.

Arm/Leg Pain

Obviously pain in one’s neck, back, arm or leg may be caused by a multitude of possibilities.  Often the cause is hard to isolate.  Proper and thorough examination and evaluation are often needed to uncover the source of the problem.

If it is determined that the pain is discogenic, that is resulting from a problem with the disc, then spinal decompression therapy may very well be the best and most appropriate approach to fixing the problem and eliminating the problem, for good.

Damage to a spinal disc can create local inflammation or put pressure on surrounding nerves which likely causes the pain in the affected neck or back region, or even produce radiating pain to an arm or leg.

 

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine.  This narrowing causes a restriction to the spinal canal or spinal cord or nerves, resulting in a neurological deficit.

Spinal stenosis symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • Pain running down leg or arm
  • Pain in the neck or back
  • Burning sensation in legs or arms
  • Numbness or cramping in the thighs or feet
  • Abnormal bladder and/or bowel functions
  • Loss of sexual function
  • Others

Damage to a spinal disc can create local inflammation or swell into the spinal canal and put pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root.  Pressure to this nerve tissue likely causes the pain in the affected regions.

Proper and thorough examination and evaluation are often needed to uncover the source of the problem.  If it is determined that the pain is discogenic, that is resulting from a problem with the disc, then spinal decompression therapy may very well be the best and most appropriate approach to fixing the problem and eliminating the problem, for good.

Sciatica

Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis which involves pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disc.

Pain typically is in the buttocks and pelvic area and radiates down the back of the thigh and leg and possibly into the foot.

Treatment for sciatica or sciatic symptoms often differs, depending on underlying causes and pain levels. Proper and thorough examination and evaluation are often needed to uncover the source of the problem.

Sciatica symptoms may include:

  • Sharp pain in buttocks
  • Difficulty walking
  • Lower back or leg pain when sitting
  • Burning sensation in legs
  • Thigh pain
  • Low back pain
  • Numbness in leg
  • Shooting pain in leg
  • Lower back spasms
  • Others

One common cause includes compression of the sciatic nerve roots by a herniated (torn) or protruding disc in the lower back.  If it is determined that the pain is discogenic, that is resulting from a problem with the disc, then spinal decompression therapy may very well be the best and most appropriate approach to fixing the problem and eliminating the problem, for good.

Damage to a spinal disc can create local inflammation or put pressure on nerve roots which form the sciatic nerve.  Pressure to this nerve likely causes the pain in the affected regions.

Numbness/Tingling

If they don’t go away on their own within a few hours, numbness and tingling sensations in your hands, arms, legs, or feet can be a cause for concern.

The medical term for numbness and tingling is paresthesia. The most common reason for lingering paresthesia is a problem with nerve function, either because the nerve itself is injured, or something is pressing on the nerve.

A herniated disc or a pinched nerve in your back are good examples because they put extra pressure on the nerves in your back that run parallel to your spine, resulting in pain as well as paresthesia.

Damage to a spinal disc can create local inflammation or put pressure on surrounding nerves which can likely cause feelings of paresthesia in the hands, arms, legs, or feet.

Most causes of numbness and tingling are not dangerous to your health unless the symptoms include muscle weakness and/or muscle paralysis.  If that is the case, medical attention is advised.

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