For the past 27 years, the majority of my practice has focused on disc disease. I have now seen and treated all types and successfully saved many patients from surgery.
What I find is that many patients do not really understand what is actually happening to the discs in their spine and are unaware of how the condition or conditions came about in the first place. I also find that they have no choice but to undergo surgery. Yes, in many cases the operation works, but I see the failed ones. My main job is to prevent the operation from happening in the first place. When patients follow all of my protocols fully, not “cafeteria style”, I have saved all but 5 from surgery in the last 27 years. Meeting deadlines, exercising in many cases, working to lose weight and tone your core, living an inflammation-free lifestyle, and more. It is my job to educate and support my patients in each of these parts of their treatment. Of course, no treatment can promise 100% results, but when patients follow the plan I design for them, it generally works.
WHAT IS A DISC?
Have you ever heard of a herniated disc? It’s a misnomer. Discs never “slip”, but they can bulge. Disc diseases are referred to as “contained” or “non-contained”. A bulging disc is considered contained disc disease.
A bulging disc is actually the tough outer layer of cartilage between your vertebrae that hasn’t fully ruptured — think squeezing a balloon filled with hair gel. The disc can protrude into the spinal canal without pain or rupture, instead a small bubble pops out but remains attached to the disc.
Intervertebral discs are just the right size to fit between your vertebrae. So when a disc bulges, it stretches beyond the space it should normally occupy and can press on nerves in your spine.
Bulging is considered part of the normal disc aging process, making bulging discs an extremely common spinal injury. A bulging disc can go relatively painless and undetected until you turn the wrong way, pick up the wrong object, sneeze, or cough. A bulging disc can cause excruciating pain, limit range of motion, and in some cases lead to organ dysfunction. In more severe cases, the disc can herniate or rupture, actually causing the gel inside to leak out of the disc.
The good news is that even an acute bulging disc can heal on its own over time, and your chiropractor can likely help make the healing process more efficient.
Here are 3 steps you can follow to relieve the pain of a herniated or herniated disc:
- Find a chiropractor who is certified in Cox Technic. I am the only physician in Arizona certified in Cox Technic for 27 years and the only woman certified in the state. I won’t go into how this technique works, but it is NOT traditional chiropractic. There is a video under Chiropractic Cox Technic on my homepage. Please see my website address at the bottom of this article. Cox is one of 3 chiropractic techniques that Mercy Guidelines offers. Mercy Guidelines are the guidelines for standards in chiropractic care.
- Improve your posture. Reduce or eliminate bending, lifting, twisting and even sitting for too long. Sleep on your back with your knees bent or on your side with a pillow between your legs. These simple adjustments relieve the disc in question.
- Strengthen your core. Your abs and leg muscles all support your back. Modified yoga or Pilates routines that eliminate twisting, bending, or stooping can help heal your bulging disc or prevent further damage.
Disc disease is serious and, with early and proper treatment, can allow you to live a long, healthy, happy, active life without medication or surgery.
If you or someone you know suffers from painful disc disease please call my office immediately for a free consultation even if they have been booked for surgery.
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Leisa-Marie Grgula, DC
Accurate Care Medical Wellness Center
18261 N Pima Rd. Ste #115
Scottsdale, AZ 85255