Herniated Discs

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Herniated Discs

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Herniated Discs Can Affect the Back, Neck and Extremities

Goetz with CaptionOf all the injuries one can sustain in an automobile accident, a herniated disc in the spine is one of the most potentially serious. Left untreated a herniated disc can cause a lifetime of pain and disability. It is important to recognize the signs of a possible herniation after an accident, and to consult with a doctor if any of the symptoms occur. Luckily, there are effective treatments to treat a herniated spinal disc including non-surgical methods that can produce excellent results.

The vertebrae, or bones that make up the spine, are separated by the spinal discs, called intervertebral discs. These discs act as cushions between each of the several vertebrae allowing the spine to bend and move. A herniated or slipped disc happens when all or part of the disc protrudes from its place between the vertebrae. Very often the protruding disc comes in contact with one or more of the many nerves that branch out from the spine. This contact causes pain and other problems in the back and other parts of the body, depending on which disc and nerves are affected. The lower back, also called the lumbar area, is the most common site of herniated discs, but they can also occur in the neck, or cervical portion of the spine. Slipped discs in the thoracic, or middle part of the back, are rare.

Any of these symptoms following an auto accident may indicate the presence of a herniated lumbar disc:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain radiating to the hips, legs or buttocks
  • Pain in the calfs or feet
  • Numbness in any of these areas

A herniated cervical disc presents itself a little differently.

  • Pain in the shoulder blades
  • Pain radiating to the arms, hands or fingers
  • Pain when moving the neck
  • Numbness in the shoulders, arms, hands or fingers

Additionally, a herniated disc can cause weakness in the arms and legs. Patients who have suffered a slipped disc after an auto accident may have trouble performing common daily tasks. Pain from a herniated disc can worsen by sitting, standing or walking for prolonged periods of time, by coughing, sneezing or laughing. The pain is often worse at night.

Spinal Decompression Provides Effective Non-Invasive Treatment

There are many options for car accident treatment in Miami and for herniated discs including pain medication, physical therapy and surgery. A relatively new form of treatment that has provided excellent results is spinal decompression therapy. This treatment seeks to relieve pressure between vertebrae in order to allow the disc to recede to its normal position.

The DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Unit uses spinal decompression to painlessly and effectively repair herniated intervertebral discs. Through a slow and methodical separating of specific vertebrae, the DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Unit reduces the pressure being applied to the injured disc while simultaneously encouraging blood flow to the area. This release of pressure allows the disc to regain its proper shape and position over time, while the increased flow of oxygen rich blood helps the disc heal more rapidly.

The DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Unit applies computer controlled, gentle pulls to specific vertebrae to provide relief to the affected discs. The thirty to forty minute process is repeated two or three times a week, gradually relieving pain over time. However, some patients begin to experience pain relief after only one or two treatments. Contact us at Advance Health Services today to find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in Miami.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.