The spinal discs act as cushions between the vertebrae the that make up your spinal column. These discs are made of a fibrous material that surrounds a gel-like center (nucleus). As the fiber begins to wear with age or becomes damaged through trauma, the nucleus center can bulge or herniate, placing pressure on spinal nerves. This can sometimes cause severe pain. The condition is the primary cause of sciatica, as well as other types of leg and arm pain or numbness. The spinal disc can also degenerate (wear out), reducing the space between your spinal bones. This is also a common cause of back or neck pain due to decreased cushion and shock absorption in the spine. Below are examples of common spinal disk conditions:
Spine care specialists developed
Disc Restoration Therapy
(DRT) to provide a medically validated, non-surgical solution for patients with serious disc conditions. The DRT method is a painless and effective process of restoring disc health by creating more space between vertebra and reducing the bulging of disc material.
You could potentially avoid surgery if you are a good candidate for DRT. To find out, register for a free consultation.
S- Spinal Decompression,
I- Inter-segmental Mobilization,
N- Nutritional Therapy,
E- Exercise and Rehabilitation:
1. Spinal Decompression: The first step in our comprehensive five-step protocol is to reduce disc bulges, herniations, to repair and re-hydrate any degenerating discs through Spinal Decompression.
An extensively researched, revolutionary computer-aided technology, Spinal Decompression treats and eliminates the symptoms of disc herniations, disc degeneration, sciatica, low back and neck pain.
“As a surgeon, I only want to do surgery when I absolutely have to. Non surgical Spinal Decompression gives my patients a more conservative treatment option that can eliminate the need for surgery altogether.”
-Dr. Bernard Zeliger,orthopedic surgeon
Think of a spinal disc like a jelly doughnut…squeeze it too hard and the jelly comes out. When too much pressure is placed on the disc, it bulges, or herniates. Gentle specialized decompressive forces are logrhythmically applied, creating up to a -160 mm of pressure inside the discs. This retracts (sucks in ) the disc herniation and allows the damaged disc to heal.
Spinal Decompression also helps degenerated discs by restoring the natural pump mechanism of the disc. The gentle specialized traction forces create a negative pressure, leading to the influx of fluid, oxygen, minerals and thus allows discs to heal.
This a painless procedure where people can actually take a nap during a spinal decompression session.
2. Physiotherapy (Including Deep Tissue Laser Therapy): Pain results from trauma, inflammation, malfunction, or less than optimal cellular function. Healing and pain relief come with cellular normalization. Laser light enables cells to perform optimally by energizing damaged cells and initiating bio-chemical reactions (photobiostimulation).
Once the light energy passes through the layers of skin and reaches the target area, it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitiveelements in the cell. This process can be compared tophotosynthysis in plants – Sunlight is absorbed by plants, which is then converted to usable energy so that the plant can grow. This leads to increased circulation and healing, and a decrease in pain. Laser Therapy is the perfect addition to speed up the healing time while doing Spinal Decompression and other therapies.
3. Nutritional Therapy: Often time patients are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals or can have a toxic buildup in their system which can be contributing to (or maybe even causing) some of their pain. At Bay Spine Center, we will take an extensive history and perform any tests necessary to determine if a nutritional deficiency or toxicity may be present. Then an individualized nutritional program may be recommended to decrease pain and inflammation, and speed up spinal disc healing.
4. Inter-Segmental Mobilization: Bay Spine Center utilizes highly trained chiropractic physicians to perform gentle adjustments with specific forces to mobilize joints, restore motion, relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and take the pressure off of pinched nerves. Light massages while you are being treated will help to reduce muscle spasms, decrease trigger points (knots), relieve muscle tension and help relax muscles so that postural imbalances can be addressed and other treatments can be more effective. Adjustments may or may not be a part of your overall care plan.
A consultation will determine what is best for your individual needs.
5. Exercise and Rehab: Once we have addressed the root of the problem and patients have started to have decreased pain and improved function, we then put them on a stretching and strengthening protocol. Too often patients are told to stretch and strengthen or sent to physical therapy before the root problem has been corrected. This may lead to no relief of their pain or in some cases a worsening of their pain and condition. Stretching and strengthening after improving spinal function will help your results be more permanent so that you don’t have to come into the clinic forever.
During your complimentary consultation, we will ask a series of questions and perform a comprehensive examination to determine exactly where the pain is coming from. If x-rays are necessary, we can take them in our office. If you have an MRI, please bring it to your consultation.
Once we determine the cause of your pain and the severity of your condition, we will let you know if you qualify for our treatment protocol. If we don’t feel like we can help we will refer you to someone who can.
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They are the creators of this method, and have years of training and experience in DRT, including:
Our Medical Board of Advisors include a variety of medical experts specializing in Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Pain management. This group is intimately familiar with the Disc Restoration Therapy Method. They are key in helping determine if someone is a good candidate for this treatment (especially the more challenging cases).
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