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Ways to Avoid Back Surgery

Although there are times when back surgery are necessary, that should only be a last resort. Oftentimes you can avoid unnecessary back surgery through the use of our decompression therapy and other chiropractic services.

Back pain is often caused by bulging discs, generally in the lower (or lumbar region) of the back, but sometimes will also occur in the middle (or thoracic region) of the back. Many people have bulging discs and if the disc compresses the nerves or spinal cord itself, it can result in significant pain and discomfort. Here at Michigan Spine Center we’ve developed innovative disc decompression techniques that can eliminate or significantly lessen your back pain.

Call Michigan Spine Center at (586) 774-6301 to find out if our innovative procedures are right for you.

Causes of Disc Injuries

Many types of back pain are caused by bulging or herniated discs. These disc injuries are most often caused by trauma and can also be from the aging process, although there are other causes such as:

  • History of disc degenerative disease or arthritis
  • Trauma from car accidents, work injuries, or falls
  • Occupations that require repetitive lifting, bending etc
  • Improper lifting technique
  • Sports related injuries
  • Previous injuries which have gone untreated or therapy that is incomplete

Bulging discs due to the natural aging process are generally the result of a loss of water content in the shock absorbing discs that rest between your vertebrae. This causes them to flatten out and reduces their ability to absorb shocks to your back.

Herniated discs are the result of a disc that ruptures or a previously bulging disc that which can also rupture. When a bulging disc ruptures, this herniation causes the inner contents of the disc to seep out, making the urgency for treatment more crucial for better outcomes.

Symptoms of Disc Injuries

Oftentimes, a bulging or protruding disc will put pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots that extend out from your spinal cord. This pressure and inflammation will send pain signals back to the brain which results in the discomfort that you feel in your back. Pain medication will only address the pain and does not address the mechanical problem causing the symptoms.

Avoid Back Surgery

Often you can avoid unnecessary back surgery through the use of decompression therapy and other chiropractic services.

Most commonly, the discomfort resulting from a bulging disc in your lumbar, or lower back region, may reoccur if not treated properly or in a timely manner. The lumbar region generally has 5 vertebrae (L1-L5) and is the area from your rib cage down to your pelvis. You might experience dull, sharp or sometimes burning pain as a result of a lumbar bulging disc, and it will often radiate out to the buttocks, legs and feet. Other symptoms include weakness, numbness and tingling in the legs and feet, and occasional organ dysfunction if the injured nerve supplies that area.

If the disc exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve this will result in what is commonly called sciatica. The sciatica is the largest and longest nerve in the body running from the base of the spine down through both of the legs. Although pain from sciatic nerve compression is generally localized to one of the legs, it can affect both on occasion.

Less common, is pain from a bulging disc in the thoracic region of your back. This is the area located behind your chest and consists of 12 vertebrae (T1-T12). Although less common, the pain can be equally unbearable and will sometimes present symptoms in the chest or stomach area.

The important thing to remember is that it is better to treat disc injuries sooner, rather than later. We may be able to help you avoid back surgery if you call us now to set up an appointment.

Call Michigan Spine Center at (586) 774-6301 for more information. The call is free and could save you allot of pain, discomfort, and loss of your quality of life, so call us now.

 

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