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Treatments for Disc Herniations
The degree of disc herniation and the impact it has on surrounding nerves can be determined by MRI and to a lesser degree by CT scanning of the spine. Diagnostic imaging of this type is invaluable at pin-pointing the exact level of herniation and the amount of nerve compression.
The disc can tear, bulge, protrude or prolapse. The later two are all categorized as herniations. These conditions are listed in the order of severity. The amount of pain and dysfunction is unique to each individual and not always the severity of the lesion. Patients with disc dysfunction typically present with acute pain, inflammation and loss of mobility The body assumes a rigid forward or side posture, termed antalgia.
The type and size of the disc lesion directs the amount of treatment needed. Identifying any contributing factors is essential to a successful clinical outcome. This is where conventional medical and physical therapy treatments often fall short.
All contributing factos have their basis in a condition termed subluxation. This is a term given to the loss of alignment of two or more vertebra. This causes micro-tears in the the disc and is the beginning of all disc lesions. The loss of alignment also affects the joint surfaces,the spinal nerves and the spinal ligaments.
Some underlying problems are spondylolisthesis, stenosis, and spondylosis. Aggrevating factors such as curvature of the spine and disc degeneration are common. The majority of underlying issues are structural and therefore mechanical in nature. They are best handled conservatively by a chiropractor that utilizes techniques which 1) address secondary factors 2) decrease/eliminate disc pressure, 3) and reduces nerve pressure and pain.
Rehabilitative exercise is a must in any program of care, as most patients with disc problems have some degree of spinal muscle atrophy Exercise should follow disc reduction. Standard exercise and physical therapy protocols prior to treatment often fail to achieve desired results.
Treatment in the office of Dr. Judith Kanzic will involve 1) Evaluation 2) Diagnostic Studies 3) Identification of Underlying factors 4) Pain Control 5) Closed Reduction of the Disc Herniation 6) Rehabilitative Exercise 7) Final Evaluation and Release from Active Care.
The primary treatment methods used by Dr. Kanzic are COX Technique™, Chiropractic Biophysics™ and Rehabilitative Spinal Exercise. Cox Method was introduced by Dr. James Cox of Fort Wayne Indiana more than 36 years ago for the treatment of lumbar and cervical disc herniations. This is a traction/manipulation treatment based on a combination of Chiropractic, Osteopathic, and Orthopedic treatments and has an high success rate.
Chiropractic BioPhysics was developed by Dr. Donald Harrison and utilizes principles of Physics and Mathematics to restore to normal curves to the spine. Stabilization in this fashion restores normal weight bearing thereby avoiding further tearing and herniation of the disc from an uneven load.