What Everyone Should Know About Disc Herniations & Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Friday, March 18th, 2016

For my practice, personally, non-surgical spinal decompression has been a practice game-changer. In fact, had I known the incredible effectiveness, I would have purchased a decompression table years earlier than I did.

Does it work for every single person? Absolutely not. There simply are no silver bullets in healthcare. However, we estimate our success rate to be somewhere between 70% and 80%. It really has been that big of a deal.

Just think about: when you are faced with a herniated disc, you really only have about six options. Four of them don’t treat the disc specifically. The four I am referring to are physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, chiropractic adjustments, as well as doing nothing at all. The two options that do treat the disk directly and specifically are surgery and non-surgical spinal decompression.

So from the two options that actually treat the disc, surgery is invasive, it’s expensive, there is a significant recovery time, and a good number of people see no success following the surgery. Non-surgical spinal decompression is usually less expensive than a surgical co-pay, non-invasive, conservative, safe, and has a high rate of effectiveness.

When you consider that surgery is going to always be there and is always an option if needed, then non-surgical spinal decompression, in my opinion, is the clear winner for initial treatment of pain and complications resulting from a disc herniation.

With that being said, let’s dive into this week’s research paper.

Why they did it

Prior research papers showed non-surgical decompression can help with pain that is caused from a disc herniation. Prior research also suggested that decompression can help with the regeneration of the disc. The authors of this paper wished to find out if the changes in the low back pain were due to changes in the height of the disc itself.

How they did it

  • This paper was a retrospective cohort study period
  • The participants had chronic low back pain due to disc issues.
  • The participants had six weeks of treatment with non-surgical spinal decompression.
  • In addition, the participants had CT scans before and after the treatment protocols.
  • The heights of the discs were measured on the CT scans.

What they found

  • During treatment, low back pain decreased from 6.2 (on a scale 0-10) all the way down to 1.6.
  • The height of the discs increased from 7.5 mm to 8.8 mm.

Wrap it up

An increase in the height of the disks due to non-surgical spinal decompression resulted in a significant reduction of pain.

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising your general, overall level of health!

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Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
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