Bulging Disc Remedy
Remedy for Disc Bulge or Disc Herniation
Orange DRX9000 Spinal Decompression
Bulging and/or herniation of the disc is a common and serious cause of lower back pain.
The cushions between your spinal bones are flexible structures filled with fluids and a central gel-like center known as the nucleus. They act as mini shock absorbers to prevent overloading the spinal bones. They are also spacers that allow enough room between the bones for nerves to exit freely so that they can transfer vital messages from the brain to the body and back again.
In your normal day to day activities, the forces of gravity beating down on your spine and the pressure from physical
exertion, bending, moving, etc cause the discs to leak out a slight amount of water. The disc then slightly shrinks. Once we retire for the day and are laying in bed, there are less forces from gravity and movement on the discs and they begin to slowly soak water back up. The discs are like sponges. They allow water to leave and they soak it back up at night.
This is a process called “imbibition.” The discs imbibe, or drink water that contains nutrients like minerals and oxygen to replenish the discs and keep them healthy, flexible and strong. Many people in their 70′s and even well into their 80′s have well hydrated and healthy discs, while others in only their 20′s have dehydrated and damaged discs. Disc disease is therefore not necessarily an aging process and many would have you believe. It can affect even teenagers.
Disc disease can occur for a variety of reasons.
Trauma from exertion or accidents can apply forces to the disc that exceed the tensile strength of the disc fibers causing them to crack slightly. Defects in the outer fibers allows the internal pressure to cause a bulge or out pouching of the disc.
Other causes of disc disease are more subtle. Long standing misalignment of vertebral bones called subluxation can prevent the disc from imbibing water at night. The discs then slowly dehydrate unknown to you until the dehydration is severe enough to cause the disc to lose height and begin to bulge. Many cases involve several years of dehydration prior to the first tell tale symptoms of back and leg pain.
No matter what causes the disc to become dehydrated or desiccated as you may read on an MRI report, the end result is the same. Dehydration of the disc causes the disc material to change its characteristics. Instead of flexible and rubbery it becomes hardened and leathery. These changes cause the disc to shrink in height bringing the spinal bones closer together and closer to the nerves that traverse through them. The change in the physical nature of the discs also causes it to become weekend and begin to bulge. As the disc material bulges it may project backwards towards the spinal cord and/or nerves. Even small amount of bulging can cause enough pressure to build up around the nerves that they become irritated and the characteristic burning, tingling, numbness and pain anywhere form the back to the toes occurs.
Discs that have become more severely damaged by trauma or long-standing dehydration may herniate.
A herniation is when the center of the disc or nucleus begins to travel through the outer layers of the disc and protrude outward towards nerves. This is a more serious condition because it means that the fibers of the disc have been severely damaged as compared to bulging, which may involve damage to only a few layers of outer fibers. If the inner gel of the disc herniates outside of and become totally dislodged from the rest of the disc it referred to as an extrusion. Extruded disc material may attach by scar tissue to the outside of the disc or may dislodge and move around the spine sometimes locating against nerves.
Symptoms of disc bulge or herniation varies depending on severity, proximity to nerves and so on. Low back pain may occur around the site of the offended disc in the midline of the spine. It may be accompanied by pain and stiffness along the sides of the spine due to muscle contraction. Some patients with disc disease feel absolutely no back pain at all.
Another common symptom of disc bulge or herniation is leg pain. “Pain” can be represented by sensation of one or more of the following: deep aching, sharp shooting, electric shock, pins and needles, burning, numbness (loss of sensation), coldness, wetness, crawling, restlessness and more. The pattern of leg pain depends on which nerves are involved, which is an important key for your doctor to hone in on where the problem is coming from particularly when multiple discs are involved. In general, if there is a solitary discreet patch of pain you probably only have one nerve involved. If on the other hand, you have pain that spreads from your butt down to your toes, you more than likely have multiple nerves affected.
A rare, but very serious manifestation of disc herniation is loss of bowel or bladder control. If you experience these
symptoms it is imperative that you consult an emergency room right away. You may be experiencing “Cauda Equina Syndrome” in which the lower parts of the spinal cord are completely compressed causing major malfunction within the nerves. This could lead to irreversible paralysis so emergency surgery may be indicated.
Treatment for disc bulge or herniation that is causing back and/or leg pain only and do not involve loss of bowel or bladder control can be managed by a competent physician specializing in disc problems. Options such as chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, acupuncture, medications, steroid injections, gravity boots and exercises can help relieve some inflammation, spasm and pain. However, when you consider what a disc bulge or herniation entails, you’ll realize that these treatments cannot actually fix the problem.
How can these treatments rehydrate the discs? How would they make the bulging disc suck back in and off of the nerves? They can’t.
Likewise, surgery, an all too common treatment for disc bulge or herniation, does not actually fix the problem. A simple surgery where the disc bulge is removed by cutting or lasering is called a discectomy. Once the bulge is removed, the disc heals with scar tissue. Scar tissue is less elastic than original disc tissue so the disc will be less flexible. Scar tissue is also weaker than the tissue it replaces meaning the disc is now more susceptible to failure in the future. In fact there is an approximately 70% chance of requiring a second surgery within 5 years of the first one. This second surgery is often a fusion, where the bones are locked together with bolts or screws. For the relief of back and/or leg pain due to disc disease fusions have a 1 out of 6 chance for an excellent outcome.
You may find yourself asking, “So if chiropractic and physical therapy can’t fix the disc and surgery doesn’t work either,
then what can I do?”
Luckily all is not lost. There are modern computerized medical technologies that can repair damaged discs. Combined with the latest techniques in spinal rehabilitation, disc bulge and herniations sufferers have new hope for their condition. A fairly new non-surgical, drugless therapy known as DRX9000 non-surgical spinal disc decompression just may be the answer to your lower back and leg pain due to bulging or herniated discs, stenosis, sciatica, or painful arthritis.
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