When it comes to disc injuries it takes time, commitment, and hard work. There are no quick fixes! When you decide that it is time to do something about the issue you have to trust the ENTIRE process.
In the beginning, we will focus on decreasing inflammation to help reduce the pain. Spinal decompression therapy is a gentle, non-surgical treatment that works by restoring proper function to an injured spinal disc. This is done by producing a controlled, mechanical traction on the spine using our decompression table.
Once the inflammation starts to ease up, we will ramp up the stretching, but it is important to make sure that we avoid aggravating the disc.
Some of the things that will be avoided in the beginning are:
- Forward bending
- Sitting for long periods of time
As flexibility is being regained, we will introduce core strengthening and build upon it gradually.
Treating disc injuries involves much more than the treatment that is done in our office.
One of the biggest things that can help is to focus on your hydration! There are multiple studies that show that hydration alone can decrease low back pain. The discs need to be hydrated! You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces a day. For example, if you weigh 180lbs you should be drinking at least 60oz of water PER DAY!
Another thing that could help speed up the healing process is aiming for a healthy/ideal weight. Focusing on clean eating and a plant-based diet are two ways to not only help you lose weight but are both great ways to improve things like blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure readings.
Studies show that discs can take up to a year or more to heal. Discs have a very low blood supply, so the healing process is slow. Even though you start to feel better that does not mean that the disc has fully healed. It is imperative to stay the course throughout your treatment plan. Our purpose is to help you HEAL versus battling this from only a pain management point of view.