Monday, April 26, 2010

Herniated disc and Sciatica-NYC -Best non-surgical treatments

Herniated disc and Sciatica-NYC -Best non-surgical treatments
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Herniated disc and spinal decompression therapy offers a non-invasive therapy for people suffering from back pain. Traditional traction devices that were used in the past to treat back pain have been replaced by technologically advanced herniated disc and spinal decompression tables like the DRX 9000 that we utilize in our NYC Herniated disc/Sciatica treatment office.

What are the causes of a herniated disc?

In between the vertebrae in your spine can be found supple, spongy, spinal discs that are protected by a tougher outer layer. This layer surrounds the soft nucleus that allows for cushioning and the smooth movement of your spine, not unlike shock absorbers for your automobile. When one of the spinal discs becomes compressed between the bones in the spine it can make the spongy material of the disc become herniated. This bulging of the disc causes friction from direct contact with nerve endings. Herniated disc is also commonly called slipped or ruptured disc.

As the body grows older, especially if a person leads a sedentary lifestyle without much activity to keep the spine limber and flexible, the discs can degenerate and become flattened. The disc will eventually turn brittle if the degeneration is allowed to progress, which can make them more prone to injury.

A herniated disc can be caused by a strain from twisting the back rigorously. This injury can occur anywhere on the spine, but it most commonly happens in the lower spine or the neck. The patient will feel pain in the location where the disc has been ruptured or the corresponding nerve roots.

Symptoms of herniated disc

There are several tell-tale signs of a herniated disc. The patient begins to feel shooting pains from the back down into the legs. There may also be tingling and numb sensations in the legs and feet from the nerves being pressed down. The pain can vary from mild to intense depending on the location of the injured disc and degree of injury.Often referred to as "SCIATICA"-visit Sciatica treatment NYC
A MRI also can confirm the presence of a Herniated disc,if you do not have a MRI already contact us consultation and we can recommend several NYC MRI facilities that can preform the test. This requires a referral and may require authorization from you insurance company.

Spinal Decompression: a safe, non-surgical therapy

Non-surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat herniated discs in the neck and low back. Spinal Decompression Therapy is designed to take the pressure off the herniated disc and compressed nerves by slowly and gently stretching the spine at a certain angle followed by cycles of partial relaxation. This pattern of distraction and relaxation creates a "vacuum effect" or negative intra-discal pressure.

The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc back into the inside of the disc taking pressure off of the nerve. The cycle of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promotes diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disc. The nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment for specific back pain conditions, including:

• Degenerative disc disease
• Facet syndrome
• Herniated disc
• Lower back pain
• Neck pain
• Neuralgia
• Pinched nerve
• Sciatica
• Spinal stenosis

Is decompression a painful procedure?
Spinal decompression is a painless, non-invasive therapy that relieves back pain. The patient will be strapped in to the machine and the straps are connected to the computer, which gently separates the vertebrae with a precise stretching force. The treatment is so comfortable that many patients actually fall asleep. Spinal decompression machines are sensitive and can adjust the decompression rate in response to any pain the patient might experience during treatment.
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