Decompression therapy is one very effective and non-surgical way to treat herniated or bulging discs. Dr. Brian Dittmann of Clinton Chiropractic Clinic in Clinton, WI offers this and many other services. Instead of living with back pain, you can make the decision to get the treatment you need.
What are the discs?
The discs in your spine are the shock absorbers. When they are not in working order, it can be very painful. They are filled with a gelatinous substance that allows the back to be flexible and gives you the needed cushion for all your daily activities. With 23 of them in your back, there is a lot of opportunity for problems.
A herniated or bulging disc is when the disc’s gel has moved out of its normal position and is compressing other tissues. Most of the time, a herniated disc is not painful itself, but rather, it is the cause of the pain. When the fluid leaks out of the disc it can irritate a nerve root. This can cause pain not only at the site of the herniation but out to the extremities. If the herniation is in the lumbar region, it can send pain shooting down the back of the leg and over the buttocks. The lower back and the neck are the most common areas where herniated discs occur.
Decompression therapy allows the disc gel to go back into its space without need for surgery. Studies have shown it to be successful in more than 75% of cases. The therapy uses a machine and a computer program to stretch and relax the spine and the result is that the vertebrae separate, which creates negative pressure. The disc gel will be pulled back into its proper location. When this happens, the pinch on the nerve is relieved and the pain goes away.
The treatment is usually done several times a week and the desired results are usually achieved in about 8 weeks. It is a painless treatment that can be the answer you are looking for to help relieve your disc-related pain.
If you are suffering from a herniated or bulging disc and are tired of being in pain, decompression therapy can help. Contact Dr. Dittmann of Clinton Chiropractic Clinic in Clinton, WI to get started on your treatment. Call 608-676-2210 for an appointment.
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