Why Back Surgery Should be a Last Resort for Disc Disorders
September 17, 2014 — 14:38

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

Physiotherapist explaining the spineWith the exception of a few very serious and specialized cases, back surgery is an elective procedure. Even highly respected medical publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) tell us on their low back pain patient page that surgery is rarely a necessary treatment for back pain, but may be a consideration when other forms of treatment have failed.

However if you are suffering with chronic back pain or one of your loved ones is going through the agony brought on by nerve pressure from a disc disorder, you will know that sometimes surgical intervention seems like the best solution. Perhaps you have already spent weeks on medication and tried treatments such as epidural injections. Maybe you have tried physical therapy or another alternative form of treatment to no avail. If so, before you make the serious decision to undergo a surgical procedure, it’s important to consider if you are really doing so as a last resort.

There are some very effective alternatives to back surgery for disc disorders and although it may take a combination of more than one form of therapy, many chronic back pain sufferers ultimately find a program which brings them relief from pain and a return to a normal, fulfilled life – Without surgery.

The Success of Conservative Treatments is Real

For some patients, chiropractic care provides the answer to beating a herniated or bulging disc. For others, it may be a combination of physical therapy and massage treatment. Perhaps some of the most successfully trending alternatives to surgery though, are those which combine the latest in state-of-the-art technology with the body’s amazing self-healing power. These treatments can target disc disorders and correct them over the course of a few weeks oftherapy.

One such advanced method of treating degenerative disc disease and bulging or herniated discs is class 4 deep tissue laser therapy. This advanced therapy uses a process called photobiostimulation to reduce tissue inflammation, ease pain and stimulate the body’s ability to heal. More specifically, the photons generated by a deep tissue laser work in the following ways to address spine and disc conditions:

  • The photons energize the cells in damaged tissue
  • Blood circulation is increased in the area of pain
  • Inflammation is reduced as a result of enhanced cell permeability
  • Targeted cells’ regain the ability to absorb oxygen and nutrients while expelling toxins.

Of course like all other forms of non-surgical back treatment, a number of sessions are required. However each treatment takes only a few minutes. Over the course of six to twelve treatments, many patients experience a significant reduction in back pain while for some, the discomfort is totally eliminated.

Deep tissue laser therapy is sometimes administered as an exclusive treatment for disc disorders, but it has been shown to be particularly beneficial when combined with non-surgical spinal decompression, another advanced method of treating the causes of back pain.

Combining Deep Tissue Laser Treatment with Spinal Decompression

While deep tissue laser treatment uses the power of light energy, non-surgical spinal decompression uses a more mechanical, although no less technologically advanced process to correct herniation and other disc and spine conditions. Spinal decompression involves the creation of a force known as distraction to gently separate the vertebrae in your spine and create a negative pressure within the targeted discs.

This vacuum created by the distracting action of the spinal decompression equipment, is known as negative intra-discal pressure and it encourages bulging or herniated disc material to retract into its correct position, where it no longer impinges on delicate nerve roots. Each treatment session may only encourage a microscopic degree of retraction, but over the course of several weeks, the positive effects are often dramatic.

At Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center, our team of experts has pioneered and patented a revolutionary treatment program combining spinal decompression with deep tissue laser therapy. The Spine and Disc Restoration SystemTM is at the forefront of non-surgical alternatives for treating conditions such as disc herniation and degenerative disc disease.

SDR SystemTM Successful in 89.9% of Cases

Compared with the success rate of back surgery in giving patients the ability to regain mobility and live free from chronic back pain, our SDR SystemTM represents a far more effective option. Of those patients who qualify for the program, nearly 90% experience long term benefits, including a return to their normal range of activities and a cessation of chronic back pain.

Whether or not you’ve tried other alternatives to back surgery, you have a chance to experience the advantages of the SDR SytemTMfor yourself, instead of trusting to the unpredictable outcome of surgical intervention. Only six out of ten people who come for evaluation are actually eligible for the program, so you need to schedule a consultation to see if the SDR SystemTM is suitable for you. If you do qualify, you may be able to congratulate yourself within a few weeks for trusting in conservative, rather than invasive measures to correct your cause of pain.

Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment in Westminster and Huntington Beach
August 26, 2014 — 19:01

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

Lower Back PainOf all the patients undergoing nerve pain treatment in Westminster, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and other cities in Orange County, the vast majority will be those suffering with sciatica. This debilitating condition, caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve, often as a result of a spinal disc disorder or injury affects millions of people worldwide. Even his holiness the pope is not spared the attacks of leg pain and numbness symptomatic of Sciatic nerve irritation, Pope Francis is known to be a sciatica sufferer.

Too Much Information

If you are a Southern California resident dealing with the symptoms of sciatica, especially if recently diagnosed, you may well be doing your homework to try and find an effective source of back pain relief in Orange County. The problem you may have already run into is the sometimes confusing array of information with which you will be presented about the condition and its treatment, especially online.

The quality of this information varies widely, but unless you are yourself involved in the health care profession, there’s no way to tell the good from the bad. You will find articles recommending everything from acupuncture to yoga and something starting with every letter in between. My intent is not to add to the confusion, but rather to inform you about the safest and most effective single form of treatment currently known for treating sciatic nerve pain.

Non-Surgical versus Surgical Spinal Decompression

The treatment is called spinal decompression and here I am talking specifically about non-surgical spinal decompression. This is one of the common sources of confusion for sciatica sufferers who, like yourself are trying to find a way to successfully rid yourself of discomfort without resorting to surgical intervention. Spinal decompression is a term used by the medical profession to describe some types of surgical procedure used to treat possible causes of sciatic nerve pain.

If you are already receiving nerve pain treatment in Westminster under a medical specialist, after a few weeks without improvement, it’s very likely that you will be recommended to undergo surgery. In this case you are also likely to hear the term “spinal decompression” used to describe an invasive procedure. While this type of intervention is intended to treat the root cause, rather than just the symptoms of sciatica, laminectomy, discectomy and spinal fusion all too often fail to resolve the underlying problem and may even make matters worse.

Non-surgical spinal decompression on the other hand, is a form of treatment which involves no invasive procedures, is safe and can deliver results within the first few treatment sessions.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression in Orange County

Before you go down the road of a risky surgical procedure with less than a 60% chance of success, make sure your research centers on providers of non-surgical spinal decompression in Orange County. Non-surgical spinal decompression has a much higher rate of success, treats the causes of sciatic nerve pain and in many cases can bring about a reversal of disc damage or degeneration.

Since sciatica is often caused by compressed, bulging or herniated discs putting pressure on the sciatic nerve, any treatment which promotes a retraction of the bulging inner-core material of the spinal disc can eliminate sciatic nerve pain by removing the source of nerve irritation. This is exactly what happens when patients undergo non-surgical spinal decompression in Orange County conservative treatment clinics.

This form of spinal decompression takes place over a course of several short treatment sessions. Usually taking around 30 minutes, the treatment comprises gentle spinal stretching, using sophisticated apparatus to generate a pumping action. This creates a negative pressure on the spine to encourage compressed discs to return to their normal height. You should feel no increased pain during the treatment and there is no medication, injections or invasive surgery involved.

Depending on the nature and seriousness of the condition causing your sciatic nerve pain, you may require up to 25 sessions over a period of eight to twelve weeks. During this time you should find that a progressive reduction in leg pain and numbness, back pain and limb weakness is experienced, as the pressure on your sciatic nerve decreases with successive treatments.

Choose Non-Surgical Nerve Pain Treatment in Westminster, CA

Whatever else you may read, don’t confuse the two forms of spinal decompression. Even your medical doctor will tell you that invasive spinal surgery should be considered a last resort, only after other efforts to get leg and back pain relief in Orange County have been exhausted. Before you begin the rounds of alternative treatment clinics in the area, I urge you to talk to a specialist in non-surgical spinal decompression in Orange County and see if you are eligible for this form of treatment. If so, there is a nearly 90% chance that you will need to look no further for lasting relief of sciatica symptoms.

How to Achieve Non-Surgical Chronic Pain Relief in Orange County
August 11, 2014 — 15:19

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

The PainIf you are one of the 30% or more of Orange County residents suffering with chronic neck or back pain, there comes a point at which almost anything seems better than continuing with day after day of impaired mobility and reliance on pain killing drugs to get through any 24 hour period.

However before agreeing to undergo surgery, you should definitely first be sure that there is no other way to get successful chronic pain relief in Orange County. While that means you may need to try treatment options which weren’t in your plans, I can’t stress enough that it’s worth going to the trouble to try and find a non-surgical alternative before resorting to surgical intervention. Other options are available and some of them are far safer, as well as being more effective than surgery.

Orange County Pain Relief – Non Surgical Options

If you’ve been in pain for three months or more, you will probably have tried at least some forms of treatment, either to manage your pain or to try and resolve its cause. A few of the treatments which Orange County pain relief specialists might apply or recommend are:

Medication – Usually the first treatment tried by chronic pain sufferers. Medication can comprise anything from over-the-counter painkillers and NSAIDs to painful epidural steroid injections into the spine. These drugs are at best, only a Band-Aid approach to pain relief, since they don’t address the cause of the pain and must be used continuously to keep your pain levels manageable. At worst, they can do you more harm than good, especially over the longer term.

Physical Therapy and Self-Care – This approach can also do little more than help you to manage your chronic pain although incorporating lifestyle changes into a self-care program can help to slow down or even halt the progression of spinal disc disorders. Physical therapy can help improve your flexibility and range of motion, which can in turn reduce muscle stiffness and limit your pain to some extent.

Chiropractic Care and Therapeutic Massage – A number of Orange County non-surgical chronic pain relief specialists advocate chiropractic care and/or massage techniques to manage pain and, in the case of chiropractic care, to address the cause. For some chronic pain sufferers, regular sessions of chiropractic adjustment, along with changes in lifestyle prove successful. For others, the treatment may do little more than provide temporary respite.

Like many others who seek chronic pain relief in Orange County, you may already have tried one or more of these well-known treatments as part of your efforts to regain the quality of life you enjoyed before your symptoms set in. You may even have undergone a program combining some of these treatments to no avail. If so, there are two more forms of treatment which are used by some Orange County pain relief experts. These are deep tissue laser treatment and non-surgical spinal decompression.

Deep Tissue Laser Treatment

A safe and painless treatment, deep tissue laser therapy uses photonic energy to penetrate deeply into your body and target areas of tissue damage which cause chronic pain. Suitable for treating a wide range of spinal and other conditions, the powerful class 4 deep tissue lasers used for this method of therapy act on the sites of pain to provide optimal conditions for your body to heal itself.

The effectiveness of deep tissue laser therapy is indisputable, as evidenced by over 100 positive studies. However if you decide to look for a specialist using laser treatment for chronic pain relief in Orange County, it’s important to check that the clinic uses only 15 watt class 4 lasers. Some physicians use different laser types which are not effective for treating sites of pain deep inside your body, such as in your spinal area.

The use of a class 4 deep tissue laser can be even more effective for treating the pain caused by disc and spine problems when combined with another revolutionary type of therapy. Spinal decompression treatment is provided by some Orange County non-surgical chronic pain relief specialists and when used alongside laser therapy has proven to deliver remarkably successful outcomes.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is focused on treating spinal disc conditions such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and bulging or herniated discs. These conditions are often behind the symptoms experienced by patients seeking chronic pain relief in Orange County and elsewhere in California. This treatment uses automated apparatus to subject your spine to a gentle pumping action which generates a vacuum effect within the discs.

The vacuum created by the apparatus acts to reverse disc compression, which is what happens when discs degenerate over time or following an accident or injury. As such spinal decompression is a direct form of treatment acting on the root cause of pain. The decompression forces can reduce the pressure on your nerves caused by damaged discs. If any of your discs are bulging or herniated, decompression can promote retraction. Over the course of a number of treatments, your pain will diminish and your faulty discs can actually heal.

OCWP for Chronic Pain Relief in Orange County

OCWP practices spinal decompression and Class 4 deep tissue laser therapy to successfully treat the causes, not just the symptoms of chronic pain. If you are at your wits end with constant pain, discomfort and the inability to function as you once did, even if you have already had surgery, our physicians can help you. If you haven’t yet undergone surgery, we recommend you download our free report detailing ten things you really must be aware of before you elect to have a surgical intervention for a spinal condition.

Essential Spinal Care After Back Surgery
July 28, 2014 — 16:12

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

Chiropractor massage the female patient spine and backIf there is one form of surgery which should only ever be considered as an absolute last resort, it would be back surgery. However in some cases, surgery becomes inevitable if there is to be any chance of reducing chronic back pain and regaining some quality of life. If you have a spinal disorder and have elected to undergo invasive surgery, there are some important things you should know about looking after your back following your procedure. To help prepare you for life after back surgery, here is some guidance to the essential elements of post-surgery spinal care.

Lifestyle After Back Surgery

After you’ve undergone your surgery, your doctor will advise you about post-surgical spinal care and will probably refer you for physical therapy to assist recovery. In addition to following your physician’s recommendations, there are certain habits which you should form to ensure the fullest and fastest recovery from your surgery. In any event, recovery from back surgery is a slow process, but by making the right lifestyle choices you can help to shorten your recovery time.

  • Avoid sitting for long periods: Apart from being uncomfortable after back surgery, it’s hard to maintain a healthy posture when you spend prolonged periods in a seated position. Therefore it’s a good idea to get up and move around every half an hour or so.
  • Limit alcohol intake: Keeping a positive state of mind is important when recovering from back surgery. Alcohol is a depressant so should be avoided as much as possible.
  • Avoid Smoking: Nicotine slows down the ability of your body to heal after surgery and is known to contribute to back pain. If you are a smoker, quitting after surgery cannot be recommended strongly enough
  • Maintain a healthy weight: The more you weigh, the more loading you place on your lower back. Try to achieve and maintain your optimum weight.
  • Follow a nutritious diet: Getting the right nutrients into your body is doubly important when recovering from back surgery. Sticking to a well-balanced, nutritious diet will speed the healing process. You should also drink several glasses of water each day to maintain hydration.

The Importance of Being Active

You should commence a program of activity immediately following your surgery and gradually build up your activity levels from that point on. Remaining active is one of the most important factors in successful back surgery recovery. Immediately after your surgery, your activity should be limited to walking. This is a low load activity which should be suitable for you unless your physician says otherwise.

Obviously your walks will initially be limited to taking a few steps around the hospital ward, wearing supportive shoes which you will probably need some assistance to put on. Take these short walks several times a day. Over the next six weeks you should continue to walk a few times every day, gradually increasing the distance and walking pace. However you should try to avoid hills when walking and stick to flat, level surfaces.

After a couple of weeks, you can add swimming pool sessions to further enhance the healing process. Swimming is a great way to start building the strength in your muscles and improve spinal mobility without placing undue loads on your back.

Preventative Spinal Care for the Long Haul

At around three weeks after your back surgery, I strongly advise you to make an appointment with a physical therapist. The exercises you will have been given immediately following surgery will need to be upgraded to help you start safely returning to normal functional activity. Try to work with a physical therapist with an exercise-based practice, a Pilates studio for example.

Depending on the type of back surgery that you undergo, at some point from a few months to a year after your operation, the importance of starting a program of preventative care can’t be overstated. This is where a chiropractor can help you tremendously. Even successful back surgery can leave you with some pain for a long time after the procedure and a chiropractor can help to relieve that pain and prevent further spinal damage.

Chiropractic care will help you by relaxing your muscles and realigning any vertebrae which may have become misaligned during your recovery from surgery. You should continue with regular exercise and visits to your chiropractor for the rest of your life. This will go a long way to keeping you from needing more back surgery in the future.

If Chronic Pain Persists

If you are unfortunate enough to still suffer chronic back or neck pain one to two years after your procedure, especially if chiropractic care isn’t able to alleviate your discomfort, there are a number of conservative treatments which you can avail of as an alternative to undergoing revision surgery. One of these treatments is called non-surgical spinal decompression, which depending on the type of surgery you had, may be safely administered to provide long-term pain relief.

At OCWP, we can assess your eligibility for this treatment and if you are able to safely receive it, can begin a program which will begin to reduce your neck or lower back pain levels within a few sessions. You can find out more about non-surgical spinal decompression and other conservative spinal care treatments from OCWP by taking some time to browse our website.

 

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.