Herniated Disc Solution: Spinal Decompression
If you experience symptoms of a herniated disc, you know how unsettling the condition can be. In addition to pain, you may have numbness or tingling in a shoulder and arm if the affected disc is in the neck, and the same effects in a leg if the herniation occurs in the lower back.
While patients with herniated discs are often referred for surgery, there is an effective nonsurgical therapy that can produce excellent results without incisions or anesthesia.
What is a Herniated Disc?
The discs in your back are located between the vertebrae and consist of a spongy substance nestled within a tougher exterior – the Mayo Clinic likens it to a jelly donut. If the exterior tears, the spongy material can seep out, creating a bulge that may compress nearby nerves and lead to uncomfortable symptoms. In some cases, the herniated disc is not accompanied by any symptoms and you might not know you have it unless you have an x-ray.
What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical treatment for a herniated disc. The procedure is a traction-based process that is designed to alleviate discomfort and provide an optimal environment for healing. In most cases, spinal decompression is painless, and studies have found many patients experience good results from the treatment.
What Should I Expect from Treatment?
During your spinal decompression treatment, you will lie comfortably on a motorized table that moves to produce alternating traction and relaxation. The correct positioning of the patient on the table is critical for safe and effective treatment, so the skill and experience of the provider administering the treatment cannot be overstated.
If you are experiencing the painful symptoms of herniated discs, nonsurgical help is available. Contact Dr. David Wren’s office at 229-883-0042 to find out if spinal decompression is right for you.