Revolutionary Treatments are Improving Life for Chronic Back Pain Sufferers
July 21, 2014 — 20:37

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

Back pain of the intervertebral disc in officeIf you are one of those people who live with neck or lower back pain on a daily basis, you will probably identify with the despair and frustration of trying one type of treatment after another, in the desperate hope that something will free you from the sometimes crippling discomfort. If you are just beginning to suffer with chronic back pain, the stories of those who haven’t found relief may tempt you to opt for surgery, rather than go through what you fear may be months or even years of diminished mobility and pain.

Whether you fit into the former or latter of these categories, two types of non-surgical spinal back treatment are deserving of your attention. If you haven’t yet opted for any treatment other than pain medication, non-surgical spinal decompression and class 4 deep laser treatments present the possibility of an early resolution to your condition. If you have already tried many other non-surgical treatments without success, it’s not too late to try spinal decompression and laser therapies before taking the last resort of invasive spinal surgery.

More Successful than Surgery – Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a revolutionary treatment for a number of spinal problems and conditions. The treatment has no known side effects and is non-invasive. This treatment makes use of cutting-edge computer technology, along with sophisticated apparatus to combat chronic back pain and the conditions that cause it, which include:

  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated and Bulging Discs
  • Sciatica
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Pinched nerves

Spinal decompression has already improved the quality of life for many people diagnosed with these debilitating conditions. Among those who have undergone the treatment as an alternative to surgery, a great number credit spinal decompression with reducing their pain to a point where they no longer need to consider invasive procedures. Even patients who have received little benefit from medication, epidural injections, chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and even surgery have finally found their way back to a normal or near normal life after receiving spinal decompression treatment.

Gentle Promotion of Self-Healing

The treatment is administered by applying a very specific decompression force which gently stretches the spine. This creates a vacuum in discs which have become compressed or have herniated. The vacuum that’s created has two key effects. Firstly, it encourages the bulging tissue to retract back into the disc from where it came. Secondly it allows oxygen, water and nutrients to be drawn into the disc which helps the disc to return to its natural shape.

The effects include removal of pressure from delicate nerves, (which in turn relieves chronic back pain) and also a tendency for the damaged disc to repair itself. Unlike surgery, therefore, spinal decompression is a constructive remedy, whereas surgery usually involves taking parts of the disc away.

Healing Warmth – Class 4 Deep Tissue Laser Treatment

Another form of treatment which uses the most up-to-date technology is deep tissue laser therapy. As its name suggests, a laser is used to target sites of damage or disease. The laser does not cut the skin, but instead emits powerful light photons which penetrate tissue to reach the internal target area. This photon bombardment stimulates a biological process that restores the normal function of cells.

The treatment is effective in reducing inflammation which is often a primary source of pain, as well as stimulating blood circulation and the delivery of cellular nutrition. This encourages the natural repair of tissue. In effect, deep tissue laser therapy creates the conditions for your body to heal itself.

Over 100 positive studies have highlighted the effectiveness of deep tissue laser therapy in treating a wide range of conditions. Among these are several spinal disorders including:

  • Damage from spinal injury
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease

This is not an exhaustive list but serves to illustrate the effectiveness of laser treatment for problems which may otherwise lead people to undergo surgery. Like non-surgical spinal decompression, deep tissue laser therapy can be effective without any adjunctive treatment. However at Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center, we have pioneered and patented a system of treatment which combines deep tissue laser therapy and spinal decompression. Our system greatly increases the chance of patients returning to a pain-free life without surgery.

The SDR System TM at OCWP

Our Spine and Disc Restoration SystemTM enables patients to avoid the need for spinal surgery by achieving results when all other treatments have failed. Our treatment is not suitable for everyone and we conduct a rigorous process of screening to establish if a client is able to undergo this uniquely effective program of treatments. However our success rate in delivering long term Pain relief and restoring quality of life for patients who do qualify stands at 95% – That’s higher than the success rate of spinal decompression or deep tissue therapy when used exclusively.

If you are at your wits end as a result of persistent neck or lower back pain or have begun to suffer as a result of a spinal injury or disorder, our talented and highly experienced physicians may be able to help. Our SDR SystemTM is the result of extensive research into providing patients with a better alternative than surgery and restoring the quality of life that everyone should enjoy. To find out more just visit our website and provide your email address here. We’ll send detailed information to your inbox. Alternatively you are welcome to contact us on 866-303-9355.

The Best Alternatives to Steroid Shots for Leg Numbness and Sciatica Treatment
July 14, 2014 — 3:42

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

knee painOn July 2nd a report in the New York Times revealed that more often than not, epidural steroid injections are ineffective for the treatment of spinal stenosis, one of the spinal conditions which typically cause leg pain and numbness in sufferers. The report included details from a study released in the New England Journal of Medicine, which showed that six weeks after receiving injections containing a combination of steroids and anesthetic, patients showed no greater improvement than those who received anesthetic-only injections. Given that injections cost anything between $500 and $2,000 per shot and that they bring with them the risk of side effects ranging from sleeplessness and headaches, to blindness, strokes and paralysis (as advised by the FDA), the success rate is low enough to make anyone think twice about steroid injections to relieve leg numbness. Possible Causes of Leg Numbness Spinal stenosis is only one condition which can cause you to feel numbness in your leg. Numbness, along with leg pain for example is a typical symptom of sciatica, which in turn can be caused by degenerative, bulging or herniated discs in the spine. Other possible causes of chronic leg numbness include:

  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Diabetes
  • Sprained or strained muscles close to nerves
  • Fibromyalgia

Much more rarely, numbness can be caused by benign or malignant tumors or multiple sclerosis. The most common causes of leg numbness by far though are degenerative spinal disorders. Numbness occurs because of pressure on the sciatic nerve from damaged discs or inflamed tissue. The pressure irritates the sciatic nerve, which travels down the back of each of your thighs. That’s why the numbness affects your leg although the root of the problem is usually in your spinal lumbar region. Similarly, spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal in your lower back, can put pressure on the nerves in your spine and cause a loss of feeling in your leg or foot. Whatever the cause of leg numbness, it can seriously impact leg function and your ability to perform normal day to day activities. Apart from anything else, prolonged numbness is a disturbing and worrying sensation and if you are a sufferer, you will naturally seek treatment at the earliest opportunity. Ways in Which Leg Numbness Can be Treated Treatments for numbness in either or both legs obviously depend upon the diagnosis. When caused by a spinal condition, the standard medical approach is to begin by prescribing non-steroidal or steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. If this proves to be ineffective, epidural steroid injections may be prescribed in an attempt to reduce inflammation and ease the symptoms of pain and/or numbness. These treatments may also be accompanied by physical therapy to try and relieve pressure on the discs by strengthening spine and abdominal muscles. Ultimately, surgery may be recommended if medicines and therapy fail to provide any meaningful relief from symptoms. However, even respected medical authorities such as the Harvard Medical School recognize that medication and surgery are generally no more effective in the long term than more conservative treatments for spinal conditions which cause leg numbness. Alternatives to Medication and Surgery Fortunately the range of conservative treatments for leg numbness is quite wide, giving you a number of options to try. All of these alternatives are at least as effective, if not more so than anti-inflammatory drugs, painful and expensive epidural injections or surgery. These treatments also come with the benefit of being safe and free from side effects. The following treatments have all proven to be effective in relieving leg numbness:

  • Acupuncture
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • Massage therapy

Results of each treatment type vary from patient to patient but most people who are suffering from leg numbness find one or more of the different forms of therapy to be successful in relieving symptoms and sometimes accelerating healing to eliminate the cause. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and Laser Treatment If you or someone you know is suffering from leg numbness and finding no relief, even after trying numerous forms of therapy, there are two very effective treatments which should be tried as an alternative to injections or surgery. Non-surgical spinal decompression uses special FDA-cleared equipment to generate negative pressure within the discs of your spine. This revolutionary therapy technique has a number of beneficial effects on your spine, namely:

  • The reduction of pressure on your nerves from bulging or herniated discs
  • The promotion of natural disc repositioning
  • The delivery of nutrients and oxygen to damaged discs, helping your body to heal itself

Over the course of several sessions, your leg numbness will be alleviated and you will benefit from an improvement in the spinal condition that’s causing the problem. Spinal decompression has a success rate of 88.9% when used to treat spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disorders and other spinal conditions which cause sciatica and leg numbness or pain. Class 4 deep laser therapy uses deep-penetrating photonic energy to trigger therapeutic changes in your tissue cells. These changes allow the cells to absorb more oxygen and nutrients, as well as to expel toxins. The laser photons enhance your body’s ability to self-heal, reducing the inflammation which causes pain and numbness from nerve irritation. At Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center, we have patented a system of treatment which combines deep tissue laser therapy with non-surgical spinal decompression in a way which provides an incredible 95% success rate. Spine and disc Restoration SystemTM Before you or your loved one resort to risky and painful injections or expensive, complicated spinal surgery, be assured that these are not your only options, even if no other treatment has managed to relieve you of leg numbness. If you would like to begin the SDR SystemTM consultation process with our highly professional and skilled physicians, you can contact us on 866-303-9355. Alternatively we can first send some detailed information about the Spine and Disc Restoration SystemTM straight to your email inbox if you send us your email address using our simple online form.