It wasn’t long ago when surgery was considered the only option for a lumbar or cervical herniated disc. Now we know that some disc herniations will actually heal on their own and that others will respond to non-surgical treatments that target the cause. That’s right. You should never rush into surgery for a disc herniation unless it is a medical emergency.
As far as treatment options go, in my opinion, conventional chiropractic care has established itself as the best non-surgical treatment option for the prevention and treatment of cervical and lumbar disc bulges and herniations. In the event chiropractic fails to deliver favorable outcomes, there is non-surgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX-9000.
Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to target disc herniations. They help by elongating the spine, enlarging the disc space, repositioning the injured spinal disc, re-hydrating the disc, strengthening the spinal muscles, ligaments and tendons, and stimulating nerve repair.
Does spinal disc decompression work every time? NO…just most of the time.
Here’s the deal: Even if spinal decompression fails to fix your problem you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options such as PT, medical care or surgery.
On the other hand, if you have surgery, you may be permanently disqualified from ever trying spinal decompression therapy. So why not try spinal decompression first?
Sometimes we do a combination of spinal decompression and chiropractic. We also incorporate deep tissue laser, massage, physical therapy, ultrasound, muscle stimulation, and exercise therapy as needed. Some clinics like ours also house medical doctors that can co-manage your case.
My recommendation is to find a chiropractor that has a spinal decompression machine, like the DRX-9000. If they also have physical therapists and medical doctors, than that’s even better. Do NOT rush into back or neck surgery.