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San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center concerned about new diagnostic procedure for Disc Herniations

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm

Medicine has found a new way to zero in on Herniated Discs prior to Surgery. Is it safe and is it effective ?

SF Financial District- There is an ongoing debate over whether or not low back surgery should be performed based on MRI findings, patient complaints, and routine exam findings. What happens with a lot of patients is they have the surgery, but the pain is still there, and part of the body has been removed. So, medicine has come up with a new procedure called FAD. Here is a blurb from a Medical News Today article I read this morning :

Functional anesthetic discography (FAD), a new diagnostic procedure involving injecting anesthetic directly into a spinal disc, can be used to confirm the presence of injured discs as the source of a patient's lower back pain symptoms, according to a new study by researchers from Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY.

My personal opinion is that we should first try to take what is there and make the most out of it before we consider surgery. Even if the spinal disc is injected, and it is confirmed as the source of pain, it could still just be only one of the sources. I'm not sure if it is wise to go in there and cut on it without exhausting all other less invasive options first.

The word Health come from the Greek word Hale, which means Whole. If we remove part of the disc (structure) you are no longer Whole. Wouldn't it be wiser to first try to breath some life back into the discs and make the spine stronger.

This is what is so great about nonsurgical spinal decompression. It actually  helps the spine and discs to do what they would if they could. The spinal discs when healthy exchange nutrients with the bloodstream by a process called imbibition, a pumping action of the spine on the disc. This is how they breath. Spinal decompression isolates on a specific spinal disc and mimics this process. In doing so, a negative pressure is created whereby protruding disc fragments and herniations are often times pulled back into the center of the disc and off of the spinal cord and nerves.  In addition, motion is restored and ligaments are strengthened.

All this without any drugs or surgery

This treatment is not for everybody, and it does not work for everybody. But, it is very, very, safe and should be considered before going under the knife.

If you live in the SF Bay Area and would like to find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression at our Financial District location, we have a couple of easy chioces for you. You can start the process by filling out our Free Online Consultation Form. Or, you can cal 415-392-2225 and ask for a Complimentary Consultation. Chances are, you will be glad you did.

Read some of our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Success Stories

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