So, you have a herniated disc in the neck (verified by MRI), what do you do now ? Well, the first consideration should be getting you out of pain (if you have pain). Sometimes this can be challenging because the discs, soft tissues, and nerves (pinched) are inflamed. If you are under the care of a medical doctor, he/she may recommend OTC medications (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) to reduce the inflammation (and pain). Or, if the symptoms are really bad, maybe a prescription medication such as Celebrex, or an oral steroid such as Predenisone.
If you are under the care of a chiropractor, he/she will probably prescribe 10-20 minute ice sessions every 2 hours to reduce pain and inflammation. In addition, some gentle massage and very light chiropractic adjustments. This will reduce the likelihood of scar tissue promotion, as well as help remove nerve pressure and muscle spasms. Often times patients are doing both what the medical doctor prescribed as well as the chiropractor. Some chiropractors prescribe fish oil and plant based nutrition as part of a natural healing program for herniated discs.
The next phase of care is an exercise program from a physical therapist or a chiropractic doctor familiar with spinal disc rehabilitation. There are all sorts of programs and equipment that can be used based on your level of fitness and the severity of your condition.
If you do not improve and you are under the care of a medical doctor, then you become a candidate for more invasive forms or treatment. Things like cortisone injections (OUCH) or spinal surgery.
Up until recently, these were all the choices (other than various forms of alternative methods with questionable results).
But, now there is nonsurgical decompression on machines like the DRX9000. The DRX9000 was designed and built to treat disc bulges, disc herniations, and facet syndromes. And, the results have been amazing. Not everyone is a candidate. But, for those that do qualify, it is an option that should seriously be considered BEFORE you subject yourself to cervical spinal surgery, which can be very risky.
If you have been diagnosed with disc herniations and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, then you qualify for a complementary consultation at our Financial District location. Simply fill out ouronline consultation form, or call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary DRX9000 evaluation.