Wednesday, August 29, 2012
One of the most frequently asked questions patients suffering from back pain ask is: "Can I recover from a herniated disc?"
The honest answer is, in most cases, yes, it is possible to reverse the damage done to an intervertebral disc.
Some cases of back pain will result in back surgery, however back surgery isn't necessary for most disc herniations. In fact a lot of people have undiagnosed disc bulges in their back and don't even know it. Disc issues are usually brought to light when the disc bulges or herniates out enough to interfere with nerves in the back and the physical functions of the spine. Most often it is the nerves in the lumbar that has people concerned about their hobbies, job, lifestyle and future health. Lower back pain is very common, and its when this pain becomes chronic and finally increases that people finally seek out professional help.
A disc can heal from simple actions such as taking time off from strenuous physical activity, and increasing rest periods. Doctors often prescribe, rest, and pain medication to help relieve pain and to allow for the continuation of everyday tasks like work, errands, etc without the distraction of pain. This is the usual approach, rest and medication, however this can simply mask the pain, which is a symptom of an underlying issue, such as a bulging or herniated disc.
Fixing the problem for good, which means helping the disc heal by drawing the bulging material back in to the disc and restoring optimum back function would be the best route to take. Addressing the root cause of the problem is where a chiropractor that provides spinal decompression and specialty equipment such as the COX table can be invaluable.
Using chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression with the added versatility of the COX table, the body can be put in to the best possible state to heal itself from the inside, providing a long term solution.
Posted by Dr. Steve Shoshany at 5:12 PM