Bulging Disc-Chiropractor in Vaughan, Ontario

Bulging disc/Sciatica/Leg

According to Harvard Medical School,  Sciatica is one of the most common, but misunderstood, types of pains you can experience. Up to 40% of the population will have Sciatica pain at some point during their lifetime


 

The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest in the body. When it is inflamed, the condition is called sciatica (pronounced si'ad-a'ka). Not all leg pain is sciatica, but most sciatica involves leg pain. Sciatica sufferers often have severe pain along the sciatic nerve path, usually in the back of the legs and thighs, although sometimes the pain is felt in the ankle, foot and toes.
Occasionally  pain is felt in the front or side of the legs, in the hips, or for some  hapless sufferers, in both legs. Apart from pain, parenthesis or pins-and-needles, burning, tingling, prickling, crawling sensations or tenderness may be felt. Ironically the painful leg might feel numb as  well!
Sciatica is hell to sufferers. Sleeping, sitting, walking, bending, turning or standing up may be difficult or at times impossible.



Chiropractic Results

For decades chiropractors and patients have observed the benefits of  chiropractic spinal adjustments on those suffering from sciatica and leg pain. Many sciatica sufferers have experienced dramatic relief of their pain after chiropractic care. Many sufferers of sciatica and leg pain  have found that chiropractic was superior to traction and pain  injections, often saving them from having spinal surgery.

Don't Wait...

Chiropractic care appears to have the most profound effect on sciatica when problems  first occur. However, even in those who have been through the "medical  runaround," chiropractic can provide excellent results. In many cases it is never too late to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care. But please, don't wait.

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DISC PROBLEMS/BACK SURGERY

 

The term "slipped Disc" is a misnomer.

It is impossible for the disc to actually slip...
What can "slip" are the vertebrae.
"Slipped discs" should be called "slipped vertebrae."


Discs  are little pads that lie between the vertebrae; each disc has a tough  outer ring (annular fibrosis) and a soft gel-like center (nucleus Tintervertebralhe pulposi).


The discs  separate the vertebrae and, because they're knitted into the bones, also  join them together. They act like little shock absorbers, cushioning  the bones so they don't crash against each other as you walk, which  would be very painful. Discs help give the spine its curve, flexibility and  strength. The 23 discs in your spine also make up about a third of the  length of the spinal column and that's why you are about 1/4 inch to 1/2  inch taller in the morning than you were the night before; the discs  flatten out a little after a day of standing and then regain their  volume when you sleep.


Disc Herniation, Protrusion and Prolapse 

There are two types of herniations: protrusions and prolapses. A protrusion can occur if the nucleus pulposi  bulges, pushing the annular fibrosis out of shape. A prolapse occurs if  the nucleus bulges out so much that it actually separates from the rest  of the disc.
If the prolapsed disc goes into the spinal cord or puts pressure on  nerves, it may cause severe pain that could make sitting, standing,  walking, lifting, urinating, defecating, sneezing, coughing and moving  nearly impossible. In extreme cases, foot or leg numbness or a loss of  muscle control may occur. However, only a small number of those with  low-back pain have any disc problems.


Back Surgery

While  spinal surgery is sometimes necessary, especially in cases of trauma or  severe bone, disc and nerve destruction (due to a variety of causes,  from infection to cancer), the vast majority of people with low-back  pain and/or sciatica never need it.


Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Of the  thousands of surgical procedures done each year for ruptured discs,  medical authorities admit that a large number are unnecessary and  useless, with many of those who have back surgery in the same or worse  pain after the operations. They have Failed Back Surgery Syndrome  (FBSS). To make matters worse, if surgery is ineffective the first time,  a second or third operation will not help. Even successful operations  could cause scar tissue, permanent spinal weakness, distortion and instability.

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How do we treat these conditions?

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Spinal adjustments

Specific, gentle realignment of the spine using hands on, droptable, and instrumentation to open nerves that may be the true cause of your pain.

Therapeutic Exercises

Specific to your condition and long term improvement, exercises will be done in office and at home to strengthen your body and spine into a new healthy version.

Whole body vibration

WBV provides added benefits to your care in better posture, improved circulation, muscle tone, metabolism, bone density and lymphatic drainage.

Spinal Decompression Therapy

For patients with severe back pain, sciatica or disc herniations, studies have shown that spinal decompression therapy has proved to be more effective than other therapies. Spinal decompression therapy uses a medical technology that applies a distraction force to the targeted compressed disc. This gently pulls the spine apart, elongating it and creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae, which pulls the disc back into shape. This vacuum also allows water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids to enter into the disc to allow the spine to heal and relieve the pain. The medical term for this vacuum-like effect is known as negative intra-discal pressure.

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Non Surgical Spinal Decompression

 

Spinal  decompression therapy is a non-surgical therapy that causes the relief  of pressure on one or many pinched nerves (neural impingement) of the spinal column. It uses a medical technology that applies a  distraction force to the targeted compressed disc. This gently pulls the  spine apart, elongating it and creating a small vacuum between the  vertebrae, which pulls the disc back into shape. This vacuum also allows  water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids to enter into the disc to allow  the spine to heal and relieve the pain. The medical term for this  vacuum-like effect is known as negative intra-discal pressure.


Spinal  decompression has proven to be safer and more effective than drugs or  surgery. In fact, spinal decompression has in many cases been more  effective than chiropractic care alone when treating severe disc  herniations.


Patients  are fitted with a harness that fits around their hip area as well as a  harness that fits around the upper back. Once fitted with the harnesses,  the patient lies down on a computerized table, programmed for their  specific treatment plan. Each treatment takes about 20 to 30 minutes.  The procedure is painless and extremely comfortable.

The  typical treatment plan ranges from 24 to 28 sessions over eight weeks,  with most patients experiencing vast relief in as little as six  sessions.


The  typical way to treat severe sciatica, disc bulges, herniations and back  pain is through medication and injections. The problem with this  treatment is that it only masks the pain without addressing the cause of  the pain. Although you may feel better, your spine has not been healed  and this can lead you to do things that injure your spine further.  Additionally, medications are associated with risk and side effects,  especially with prolonged use.


For a safe, natural way to treat your  condition, call our office in Woodbridge to see if Spinal Decompression  Therapy is right for you. You will have a complete and thorough medical  history and physical exam, as well as diagnostic x-rays of your spine.  These tests will help to determine if you are a good candidate for  spinal decompression.

 In addition  to Spinal Decompression Therapy, all patients will also be receiving  Cold Laser Therapy included in their treatment. Laser Therapy, is a  painless treatment which increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen,  and nutrients to the damaged area which is causing you pain. This  creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation,  swelling, muscles spasms, stiffness and pain. Each treatment of laser  can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. 

Success with Spinal Decompression

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Atlantis Chiropractic & Wellness

8099 Weston road, Woodbridge,ON

(905) 264-9355