Spinal Decompression for Herniated Discs
f you've ever had extreme back pain, especially in the lower lumbar area, it's likely you've experienced herniated discs. Disc pain can happen for a few reasons. It's painful, but there is relief without surgery, especially through spinal decompression.
How to Know If You Have a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs are common as you get older, since the tissue that makes them up breaks down and leaves your vertebrae in a position where they rub together and cause pain. Swelling and damage can happen to discs when you're lifting heavy things as well.
Where the pain is located matters when it comes to determining if you have a herniated disc. They are more common in your lower back and happen along the spinal column. You'll usually feel pain just above your hip that travels down to your buttocks and all the way down to your calves.
The pain will tend to get worse when you're more active. It will also subside some when you're relaxing (but can sneak up when you're sitting). Any kind of sudden movement can aggravate it, including sneezing.
Spinal Decompression as a Treatment for Herniated Discs
Spinal decompression is done through the stretching of the spine. A traction table is used to do this. It's a motorized table that you are anchored to, and a computer tells it what to do.
It slowly stretches your spine, helping relieve pressure and putting things back into place. The chiropractor directs the machine as to what to do, so you can have different areas worked on, rather than stretching the entire back.
There are theories as to how and why decompressing the spinal cord works so well. Spinal decompression, according to studies, has been shown to lessen lower back pain while restoring disc height for those with herniated discs.
If you have a herniated disc, decompression therapy will help the disc retract. Your chiropractor will combine decompression with regular chiropractic adjustments, which will allow for natural healing of your herniated discs. It is a drug-free, natural way to adjust your spine in a way that lessens inflammation and other issues that cause back pain.
Getting Treatment for Herniated Discs
If you're suffering from herniated discs, suffer no longer. Dr. Caputo at Caputo Chiropractic Center has three decades of experience working in chiropractic care as a licensed practitioner. He will use a combination of treatments, including spinal decompression, to help relieve you of pain.