What are Herniated or Bulging Discs?
Spinal bones are separated by “shock absorbers” called intervertebral discs. These 24 discs are designed to cushion the vertebrae and allow for movement. Each disc is made of cartilage with a gel-like material in the center.
The discs can be damaged from an acute injury or a chronic “wear and tear” degenerative condition, and, as the blood supply to the discs decreases as a result of aging or a degenerative condition, the disc begins to “dry out”, and the rings of cartilage weaken. Once that occurs, the gel-like center begins to “bulge” towards the outside of the disc, putting pressure on the surrounding spinal cord or nerves.
Our Approach to Herniated Disc Treatment
At Atlantic Medicine and Wellness, our approach to treatment for herniated discs includes spinal manipulation, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercises. Treatment plans are individualized based on the patient’s level of activity, type of pain, and overall health. Our treatment plans also include non-surgical spinal decompression if the patient is a candidate.
Spinal decompression has been proven effective in relieving the pain associated with bulging and herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and even relapse or failed back surgery. Clinical studies have revealed an amazing success rate in treating cervical and lumbar disc related problems with spinal decompression.
Atlantic Medicine & Wellness offers state-of- the-art spinal decompression therapy. Both the Spine Med and the Acu-Spina spinal decompression units are design to apply gentle cycles of decompression at specific angles to focus on each patient’s individual level of disc injury. The therapy is designed to rehydrate the vertebral discs, as well as to take pressure off the nervous system. The therapy is so comfortable and relaxing, may patients actually fall asleep during their treatment!
Other than spinal decompression, our approach at Atlantic Medicine & Wellness also includes manual adjustments. Chiropractors never “pop discs into place” through forceful adjustments. Treatment is gentle and may require several sessions to achieve the desired goal. After carefully studying each patient’s unique case history and exam findings, patients and providers co-create an individualized care plan for each patient, supported by our multi-disciplinary approach. If you are considering spinal surgery, or if you have had chronic neck or back pain due to herniated, bulging, slipped or ruptured discs, please call to make an appointment and determine if you are a candidate for non- surgical spinal decompression for lasting back pain relief.