Back pain due to a herniated or bulging disc can be debilitating, and in the past, surgery was the answer. Today, we have a technique that allows us to relieve this pain without surgery. We use a special table for a technique known as flexion-distraction.
Using this table, we are able to formulate a treatment plan that decompresses the spine and helps pull the herniated or bulging material back into the disc. It gently stretches and relaxes the spine in rotation, which, over time, separates the vertebrae. This creates a vacuum-like effect that can pull the soft bulging disc material back into the disc. 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 diminish.
Treatment frequency will depend on the severity of each patient’s unique condition.
If you are living in pain from a herniated or bulging disc, Dr. Nierenberg will work with you to find a treatment plan that corresponds with your body. Instead of turning to dangerous pain medications that just cover up the problem, just ask if flexion-distraction can help you.