03 Dec Spinal Decompression Therapy For Herniated Discs
A large portion of the adult population will see a specialist for back pain treatment at some time in their lives. Herniated discs are one of the most frequent causes of back pain, often resulting in agonizing pain.The vertebrae that make up the spinal column make up “facet joints” that allow you to bend and twist in different directions. The discs are rubbery cushions that lie between the vertebrae and are held in place with tendons and muscles where they prevent the bone from rubbing together. When we are children, the discs are filled with fluid or gel. As we age, a loss of this fluid causes the discs to become less flexible,putting them at an increased risk of rupturing or tearing, especially when an injury to the area occurs.
When stress is placed on a disc, such as that from an activity or impact to the area, the material inside the disc can swell and push through the outer membrane to the outside. When an injury occurs to a degenerated disc and it becomes herniated, part or all of the inner material may protrude through the membrane, allowing it to press on nerves nearby. Most herniated discs occur in the lumbar, or lower back, region. The resulting pain may extend to the arms or legs and many people find the pain excruciating.
Causes of Herniated Discs
Most people are unable to pinpoint an event or other cause of herniation since it can occur due to the normal aging process or from performing normal daily activities. Lifting heavy objects with your back or turning suddenly to the side while lifting can lead to herniation as can over-stretching while playing tennis or falling on a hard surface.
Some people suffer more serious problems from dis degeneration than others. Those who lead a more sedentary lifestyle are also more prone to poor muscle tone, obesity and poor posture that place a greater strain on the vertebrae and the ligaments holding the discs in place.
Spinal Decompression Offers Alternative to High-Risk Surgery
For many years, the idea of any type of back surgery was met with fear and skepticism. No one liked the idea of having surgery performed so closely to their spinal column and risking worse or permanent damage than they already had. Many prefer the idea of using spinal decompression therapy as their back pain treatment method of choice since it provides numerous health benefits without the dangerous side effects that accompany any surgery.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal Decompression Therapy has been approved by the FDA and offers patients a surgery-free alternative back pain treatment. It is a completely safe procedure that has a success rate of approximately 85% and the treatments are painless.
SDT involves stretching the spine by means of a traction table or other motorized device that is controlled by a computer. Through decompression of the spine, a lower pressure is created to allow oxygen and nutrients inside the discso that it can heal. This emerging treatment is a safe, painless alternative to surgery and it offers a high success rate of eliminating the pain associated with disc herniation.