Have you been diagnosed with a herniated disc in your neck or back?
Are you looking for herniated disc treatment Chicago, IL without the use of drugs or surgery?
Has your doctor diagnosed you with a herniated disc in your neck or back and recommended you for injections or surgery? Have you tried traditional chiropractic treatment, physical therapy exercises, massage therapy, opioid medication and not gotten the results you were hoping for? Are you concerned that you will stay this way for the rest of your life? Are you worried that you won’t be able to get back to your normal activities or hobbies? Dr. Taylor at Taylor Rehabilitation and Wellness Center speaks with patients about these very concerns on a daily basis.
Herniated Disc treatment Chicago, IL is challenging and it’s a challenge that Dr. Taylor is up to every day in his clinic. First let’s talk about the disc and why is it such a great cause of pain in either the neck or back. The discs in either the neck or the back sit between the bones and act like a shock absorber for the spine. They also prevent the bones from rubbing against each other during movement. The discs themselves are made of 2 substances, the outer Annulus Fibrosus and the inner Nucleus Pulposus. The outer annulus is made of strong fibro cartilage and wraps around the inner nucleus which is a jelly-like substance. As we get older the outer annulus can weaken or even tear, this will allow the inner nucleus to start pushing its way out due to pressure. I like to think of this as the jelly in a jelly donut and when too much pressure is applied to the outside, the inner jelly squeezes out. When those outer rings or inner jelly apply pressure to the delicate spinal nerves behind the disc, that is when the pain or other sensations, such as burning, pinching, numbness or tingling all along that nerve’s path.
Herniated Disc treatment Chicago, IL in our clinic is based upon a treatment protocol developed by Dr. Normal Shealy, a Harvard professor and Duke trained neurosurgeon (yes, a neurosurgeon who doesn’t do surgery!). Dr. Shealy uses Spinal Decompression Therapy to provide herniated disc treatment Chicago, IL. Dr. Shealy found that many causes of back pain are due to compression of the spinal nerves by the discs. So, Dr. Shealy thought that the opposite of compression is DECOMPRESSION. To decompress the spine and provide herniated disc treatment Chicago, IL, Dr. Shealy developed a protocol to use negative pressure to create a vacuum like effect and such oxygen, blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing it to heal. In fact, the negative pressure in the disc has been studied and the protocol achieved -160 mg of HG (the measure of pressure). For example, standing upright shows 100 mg of HG and laying flat is only 25 mg of HG in the disc. That is often why getting up out of bed is difficult to do in the morning when you need herniated disc treatment Chicago, IL.
Spinal Decompression therapy has been around since the 1990s and was first invent by Dr. Alan Dyer, who was the Health Minister of Canada at the time. He also invented the heart defibrillator, so he was quite the medical device inventor. Spinal Decompression has been studied at both the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University and both studies found it to be an effective herniated disc treatment Chicago, IL by both decreasing pain and increasing disc height. Another study by Dr. Dennis McClure (another neurosurgeon) took 500 surgical candidates and had an over 80% success rate using spinal decompression therapy for herniated disc treatment Chicago, IL instead of surgery! These patients were able to avoid surgery with spinal decompression as their herniated disc treatment Chicago, IL.
How do you know if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy?
We screen all of our patients prior to starting a course of spinal decompression therapy for herniated disc treatment Chicago, IL. Every candidate goes through a full consultation, history, and examination prior to reviewing any diagnostic imaging that they may have already had. Spinal Decompression therapy for herniated disc treatment is specific to 1 disc at a time, so it is incredibly important to review any previous MRIs or obtain new images.
Get the help you need for herniated disc treatment Chicago, IL today. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn how herniated disc treatment can be done without the use of drugs or surgery!