Back pain due to a herniated or bulging disc can be debilitating, and in the past, surgery was the answer. Today, highly effective non-surgical disc care is available, and in most cases, it is highly recommended before any surgery is considered. Dr. White uses the Pettibon system of spinal decompression, specifically, "Spinal Rejuvenation Therapy".
Easy "pre-hab" exercises on a cervical motion traction unit and wobble chair are used to prepare the spine for the best possible response to the decompression. The decompression itself involves axial sustained traction along with whole body vibration. The whole body vibration keeps the muscles from limiting the stretch. The traction creates a vacuum-like effect on the disc that works to pull the soft bulging disc material back where it belongs over time. It also helps to re-hydrate the disc to make it thicker, thereby allowing more space for the nerve roots to exit the spine (less nerve irritation). This can not only clear up back pain, but also any pain caused by the pressure put on the nerves. For example, patients who have a herniated disc in the lower back may have shooting sciatic pain down their legs. Relieving the herniated disc will cause that pain to vanish.
Treatment time and frequency will depend on each patient’s unique condition. Spinal rejuvenation therapy treatments last no more than 15 minutes. Since the treatments have a cumulative effect, it is recommended that most patients be treated 2 to 3 times per week. Generally, 10 to 25 treatments will give the desired result.
If you are living in pain from a herniated or bulging disc, we will work with you to find a spinal decompression treatment plan that corresponds with your body. Instead of turning to dangerous pain medications that just cover up the problem, ask us if spinal decompression can help you.