What to Expect from Your Herniated Disc Treatment
Everyone has discs in their spine that are made up of thick layers of cartilage on the outside and a soft material on the inside. As you age, these discs become less flexible and therefore, more prone to injury. When the disc is herniated it means that the soft material on the inside of the disc comes through the outer part of the cartilage, which can cause a lot of discomfort in patients.
Luckily, this pain does not have to last forever, as there are treatments to correct herniated discs. At Chiro-Med, we have treated many patients using our safe and effective therapies.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
During your spinal decompression therapy, motorized traction devices are used to position your spine and stretch it, creating negative pressure within your spinal disc. This allows any protruding or herniated material to be pulled back into the disc.
If spinal decompression therapy treatments are not successful, then you may need a surgical treatment.
Some herniated discs do require surgery to be fixed. The type of surgery and healing time of your surgery will depend on your specific case. The surgery is usually a minimally invasive procedure, where the doctor will remove a portion of the herniated disc under the nerve. This gives the nerve root a chance to heal because of the space that has been created. Again, your surgery and results will be determined by the severity of your case, your health, age and commitment to following your doctor’s direction.
Make sure to talk to your health care provider about your herniated disc treatment. Ask all of your questions so that you are well educated and know what to expect throughout your visits. Open communication is the best way to be successful throughout the treatment and feel most comfortable with your recovery.
If you are concerned about a herniated disc or other types of back or neck pain, book an appointment today.