Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
Some of the most difficult conditions for a physician to treat are bulging, herniated, degenerative, or injured disks.
What is non-surgical spinal decompression?
What if, in most cases, we can treat the underlying cause of your disk disorder and help to rehabilitate your disk, allowing it to heal and thrive? Our method is non-surgical spinal decompression.
If you have a bulging, degenerative or herniated disk, Non-Surgical Spinal decompression may be the right option for you. Non-surgical spinal decompression uses special equipment that is FDA- cleared to help treat the symptoms and causes of a herniated disk and also Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. By using this equipment, non-surgical spinal decompression will lengthen the spine, helping to relieve pain and correct herniated disks.
Patients have reported an 80 – 90% success rate when choosing non-surgical spinal decompression instead of the traditional surgery route. As many as 86% of these cases report immediate symptom relief.
How does non-surgical spinal decompression work?
By stretching the spine, non-surgical spinal decompression can change the position of the disks to relieve pressure.
This is achieved through negative pressure, which creates a vacuum within the spine that can correct a herniated or stressed disk. The pressure pulls the damaged disk back into position, which allows for increased blood flow, as well as oxygen, nutrients and water that helps the spinal discs heal. This procedure occurs over a number of sessions as the spine is lengthened and stretched.
How can we help?
What diseases does non-surgical spinal decompression treat?
Non-surgical spinal decompression can help treat bulging and herniated disks, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, and failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).
Most traditional medical treatments will focus on the symptoms of disk disease, using medication, injections, and other types of analgesic treatments. Often, these types of injuries end up with a surgical consult. However, surgery often leads to further degeneration and cause long-term problems that may lead to more surgery – a third of patients report residual pain and other third report unsatisfactory results.
Since we know that there is a better way to treat your herniated disk or FBSS, click here to learn more about Atlas Medical’s non-surgical spinal decompression process!
What is a herniated disk?
Known as spinal disks, each vertebra in your spine has a disk between it and the next vertebra. These disks separate the vertebrae in the spinal column for easier movement and help absorb the shock from every day movement.
When a disk is herniated the interior has degraded or ruptured through the exterior wall, and can result in the disk pushing on a nerve. This causes problems because it can restrict blood flow, cause long term nerve damage, lasting inflammation, and trigger pain. A herniated disk can lead to debilitating, lasting pain and loss of motion.
What causes a herniated disk?
A herniated disk can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, age, and environmental factors. Some people can have a genetic disposition to herniated disks, while others are of an age where the disks have been worn down or torn. Environmental contributors include trauma to the back or spine, an injury because of twisting or bending, excessive body weight, and physically demanding jobs. Herniated disks can often happen due to previous disk protrusions meaning the fibrous ring is intact, but can bulge under pressure.
What are the symptoms of a herniated disk?
The symptoms of a herniated disk will vary depending on the area, but most people suffer from one of more of the following:
- Leg pain: When a disk is herniated, the outer thigh, lower leg, and sometimes the foot will experience a shock- like pain or just a constant ache.
- Arm pain: When a spinal disc in the neck is herniated it can cause pain in the neck with loss of movement, shooting pain or constant aching into the shoulder, shoulder blade area, arm, and hand.
- Muscle Weakness: The nerve signals from the brain may be interrupted, so it is possible you could experience from the lower back muscle weakness in the hip, knee, ankle, or the entire leg… In the neck you can experience weakness in the shoulder, arms, wrists, and grip strength.
- Paresthesia: This is the scientific name for the numbness, itching or pins and needles feeling that can occur in an area affected by a herniated disk.
- Severe neck and/or back pain: A herniated disk can cause extended pain in the neck, and pain at a localized point in your back. This is often accompanied by significant decreased range of motion, and stiffness.
What is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?
For patients that undergo neck or back surgery that is supposed to correct a spinal or neck issue, surgery can actually lead to Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). Typically FBSS occurs when an open back surgery does not correct an existing lumbar problem.
FBSS is a term that is generalized among many symptoms, but among the main problems is pain that is worse than the individual started with. Approximately 40% of patients that undergo surgery report that they develop FBSS. In addition, statistically, one third of patients that undergo spinal surgery experience no improvement and their condition remains unchanged.
What are the symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?
Symptoms of FBSS include:
- Extremely limited mobility, even more so after surgery
- Dull pain in the arms or legs
- Muscle spasms
- Pain above or below surgical site
- Chronic pain that was not relieved after surgery
If you are experiencing weakness in your legs or numbness and tingling, please see a doctor immediately.