Millions of men and women around the world suffer from the excruciating pain of bulging and herniated intravertebral discs. Whether in the lumbar area (the most common) or the cervical area, a herniated or bulging disc puts dangerous pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves, causing pain, muscle contractions, and a plethora of other symptoms. Lumbar bulging and herniated discs can also cause sciatica, a painful condition where pain runs down the length of one or both legs and affects the knees, ankles, and feet.
Until about 15 years ago, the only solution to a bulging or herniated disc was spinal surgery, which is invasive and very risky. It was at that time a new, non-invasive procedure was invented, spinal decompression. Today’s article will take a closer look at spinal decompression, how it works, and the results that it delivers. If you’re suffering from a herniated or bulging desk, keep reading to find out more about this safe, highly effective treatment.
What is an Intervertebral Disc?
In between the vertebrae of the human spine is a tough but flexible cushion called an intervertebral disc or IVD. The job of each IVD is to protect your extremely important spinal cord and spinal nerves and also allow your spine to be flexible. Without these IVDs, we humans would have a challenging time bending and twisting our bodies.
What is a Bulging or Herniated Disc?
IVDs are made up of keratin, like your fingernails, and are filled with water (that’s why they’re flexible). As we get older, the constant pressure of gravity pushing down on our IVDs causes them to dry out, bulge, and herniate. This can also be caused by poor posture over many years, from working in an abnormal position, and by accidents that usually involve lifting and twisting the spine.
The best way to picture a bulging or herniated disc is to imagine an ice-cream sandwich. When you press the two layers of chocolate wafer together, the vanilla ice cream on the inside of the sandwich is forced outwards. When this happens to an IVD, the vertebra above and below force the IVD outward, which puts immense pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. This is what causes the pain and other symptoms you’re feeling. By the way, a bulging disc is less severe than a herniated disc but can be just as painful.
The IVDs Can Heal (If they Get a Little Help)
One of the biggest problems with a bulging or herniated disc is gravity. That is to say, the force of gravity pushing down on the disc doesn’t allow it to heal like it usually would. The reason we know that IVDs can heal is that, when astronauts went into space, they all came back taller! Scientists ran tests to find out why and found that there IVDs had all healed, sucked up water like a sponge, and gotten thicker! It was enough to make the astronauts from 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch taller, and that evidence is what eventually led to the invention of spinal decompression.
What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression using the DRX-9000 Is a very methodical stretching and loosening of the spine. When the DRX-9000 is pulling, the effect is like zero gravity and gives the IVDs the chance to absorb water, expand, and heal. It usually takes between 20 and 30 spinal decompression sessions for them to heal completely, but the results are amazing. Many patients who have received MRIs after being treated with spinal decompression have seen their doctor’s face drop when they saw that their bulging or herniated disc was gone entirely.
Many orthopedic surgeons around the United States have purchased DRX-9000 spinal decompression machines for use in their clinics because the results are so astounding. Plus, as we mentioned, spinal decompression is non-invasive and much less risky than surgery.
The DRX-9000 is one of the best spinal decompression machines on the market today and is fully customizable for every patient. The treatments themselves, while not exactly fun, are not painful, and most patients get instant relief once the procedure starts. After a few treatments, their symptoms usually subside substantially, and, at the end of a full treatment series, the majority of patients are pain-free (and remain that way).
Call For Free Consultation
Bulging and herniated discs are an extremely painful condition that can truly make your life miserable. Surgery, while an option, is risky and not guaranteed to work. Spinal decompression, on the other hand, is extremely low risk and has a very high rate of success. For anyone who is suffering from a bulging or herniated disc, it is highly recommended to try spinal decompression first.
If you have more questions about spinal decompression and would like to talk to a Chattanooga spinal decompression specialist, call us today to reserve your free consultation at (423) 475-6438.
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