Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) September 18, 2010
Finally, a way to treat numbness and pain in arms or legs, related to neck and back pain without surgery. Tingling and numbness is called paresthesia and shooting pains down arms or legs is called radiculitis. One or both of these symptoms are seen in patients with irritation to their nerves. Many times this is due to a bulging of the spinal disc. The bulge in the disc places pressure on nerves that travel into arms or legs, and can cause numbness or shooting pains. But surgery is not the only answer. Now, there is a non-surgical way to treat these spinal bulges, called “Spinal Decompression.”
In the past, people experiencing these symptoms of numbness or shooting pains either had to take pain meds plus do physical therapy (without great results), or they would opt for risky surgery (also without great results). Now there is another option that is safer, provides great results – without the risky drugs or surgery. Over the past decade, Decompression techniques have become much more refined and are now considered the most cost effective way to treat this condition.
So how does it work? First, the patient must be examined by a medical doctor or a doctor of chiropractic. This usually entails getting an MRI to show the specifics of the disc bulge/herniation. Once the diagnosis is made the doctor of chiropractic will determine if the patient is a candidate for Decompression. Candidates find the treatment to be pleasant and relaxing. Treatment is usually prescribed in a series of 15-20 sessions. The studies on Decompression show the disc bulge/herniation physically gets smaller and relieves the pressure off of nerve. These results can be measured with follow-up MRI’s to compare before and after images of the disc.
When a spinal disc becomes dehydrated and weak, it is susceptible to bulging. Decompression uses a sophisticated machine that creates a soothing pumping motion on the troubled disc, either in the neck or lower back. With each motion, decompression pulls needed fluid back into the disc and pushes waste products out of the disc.
When a patient is considering options, they need to make sure they are diagnosed and treated by a physician who has a reputable clinic and will not try and set them up on a lengthy (expensive) treatment plan. In Minneapolis, Dr. Adam Burke, D.C. was interviewed and explains when Decompression is right for the client. “If there is severe canal stenosis or large annular tearing of the disc, the patient is not a candidate for Decompression.” He goes on to say, “We have a great success rate in my clinic because we are very specific on how the treatment plan is designed for each patient, and who [qualifies as] a candidate… [Then] we focus on strengthening and rehabilitating the muscles and soft tissue around the spine. This is to prevent future injuries from occurring” (emphasis added).
Information on Dr. Burke can be found at http://www.burkechiropractic.com