Herniated & Bulging Discs
Spine Fact and Fiction
Do you suffer from degenerative disc disease, herniated or bulging disc, sciatica, or other spinal
problems? Has your physician suggested drugs, an epidural or that you consider surgery?
Facts about epidurals and surgery:
- Statistics show that 1 in 100 low back surgeries are successful in relieving pain.
- Most surgeries take place again within 1-5 years.
- The brain habituates to stimulus, so if the epidural works the 1st time, then the brain and body get used to it and it can't work anymore.
You may want to consider spinal decompression therapy first. Spinal decompression therapy has proven effective in treating degenerative discs, disc herniations, disc bulges, spinal stenosis, sciatica and facet syndrome. If you have already had surgery, spinal decompression therapy can still be considered if you suffer from failed back surgery syndrome.
Spinal discs do not get oxygen and fresh blood consistently. Decompression and motion can enhance healing by restoring the needed nutrients back into the discs. During therapy, you will go through phases of distraction and relaxation. Once the problem spinal disc is isolated it can be placed under pressure which creates a vacuum effect. The vacuum does two things. First, any portion of the disc that has herniated or protruded will return to where it should be. Second, the vacuum effect brings in a fresh blood supply which can promote healing.
The average length of time of a spinal decompression session is 25 minutes, depending on what the doctor recommends. The number of therapy sessions that you may need depends on each patient on an individual basis. Most patients report some form of relief within a few sessions. However, to achieve maximum and long-lasting relief, commitment to the entire recommended treatment program is necessary. For those who are candidates and follow the recommended guidelines, spinal decompression has proven to be highly effective.
Before you opt for surgery, explore the possibility of spinal decompression therapy. The first step is to determine if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression. How do you know if you are a good candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy? Dr. Zuckerman does a thorough exam which includes the following:
- Screening Exam & Review of History
- Review of MRI's & Diagnostic Images
- Neurological and Physical Exam
- Review of Findings
To schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for this breakthrough procedure give us a call at 561-752-4646.