Chiropractic, DRX9000 Spinal Decompression, or Surgery?
Posted Jul 28 2008 6:06pm
I try to stay current on back pain news and treatment options...so I read a lot of reports, blogs, and news stories about low back pain, and neck pain. One thing for sure...back pain in general is sort of a mystery.
Ten patients can have the same exact mechanical lesion...say a lumbar disc herniation at L5...but they all present with a different set of signs and symptoms...and for the most part the cause is unknown. Heck...some people have a disc herniation and never even know they have it because they have no symptoms.
One of the main reasons I like what I do so much is because chiropractors are not focused on treating symptoms. We are focused on restoring proper spinal alignment and function...the symptoms improve as a by product. We know what the optimum position of the spine should be. And we know if we can move the spine closer to this optimal alignment there will be less pressure on the nerves and the body will be able to heal itself. Lot's of times this is easier said than done...especially with disc patients.
Sure, we are not always able to re-align the spine...sometimes a patient's back is so inflamed we can barely touch it. But we have other tools to deal with this...tools like the DRX9000 spinal decompression machine.
Under normal circumstances the spinal vertebrae keep the spinal disc healthy with motion. When there is a lack of motion, the discs can break down and the center of the disc pushes through the outer containment walls onto the spinal cord and nerves. This is what we call a disc herniation.
Surgery either cuts the herniation off the nerve or fuses the bones together...both of which can work...or not. If surgery works, great...but what if it doesn't? And what about the risks?
If chiropractic or DRX9000 decompression therapy do not work, you are still left whole. Surgery is still an option. If you have spinal fusion you are no longer a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression.
This is why...If you are considering spinal decompression or surgery...you should try the decompression first...because you can always have the surgery.