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Numbness and tingling throughout your legs or arms. Weakening muscles that make it hard to lift things, or even walk. Chronic pain in your leg, buttocks or neck.

Sounds pretty awful right?

This is what people suffering from a herniated disc often endure, day in and day out. Some people may not even know they have the condition. But for many, it can be debilitating. So what is a herniated disc and what are some treatment options? Read on to find out.

What is a herniated disc and how do I know if I have one?

herniated disc occurs when the fluid between two discs becomes displaced. This irritates the nerves surrounding the spinal column. The most common symptom of this condition is extreme back pain and discomfort.

If pain becomes intolerable or debilitating, a professional medical opinion should be sought. Other severe symptoms include numbness and tingling in your extremities or weakness.

Potential Causes

Herniated discs are most often caused by disc degeneration. This is basic wear and tear on your body. As a person ages, discs in their back lose some of the fluid that helps keep them flexible. Tiny cracks or breaks in the disc allow the internal gel to bulge outside of the disc, causing a herniation.

This can also happen due to a sudden heavy strain placed on the lower back, or prolonged stress on this area of your body.

Common Treatments

There are some common, non-surgical options that can help. These treatments may solve the issue in as few as 4-6 weeks. Treatments include heat and ice application, therapeutic massage or chiropractic care. Patients may also consider medication treatment. However, taking pain medication is not for everyone and comes with the risk of dependency over time.

Steroid injections can also be used to treat back pain. This method involves an injection directly into a patient’s spine. Steroids help reduce swelling, in turn, reducing pain. But keep in mind, steroids often mask the pain, they don’t cure it and leave you at risk of further injury.

Surgery Options and Risk

Surgery means an minvasive procedure where doctors remove the herniated part of the disc under the nerve root. This provides the nerve root more space, relieving pressure and allowing the root to heal.

Like all surgeries, there are risks involved. Potential risks include bleeding, infection and bowel incontinence. There is also the chance that surgery will not fix the issue, but instead, make it worse.

A 2010 study showed that as many as 74% of all back surgeries were unsuccessful. Post-surgery patients also reported an increase in pain and use of pain medication. Some required another surgery in as little as 2-3 years.

DRS Protocol

DRS Protocol, or Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization, is another non-surgical treatment option that has been very effective in the treatment of herniated discs. The DRS Protocol includes several treatment modalities including spinal decompression, chiropractic care, nutrition, and other treatments customized for each patient’s unique condition.

With DRS, each patient is assessed and treated based on individual needs. And is a great alternative to harmful medications, surgery, or other invasive procedures.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (352) 430-2121.



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Best Treatment for a Herniated Disc

According to the American Chiropractic Association, low back pain – which affects 70-85 percent of all people at some point in their lives – is the 5th most common reason for doctor’s visits and contributes to more than $50 billion in annual spending in the U.S. alone.

A Common Cause of Back Pain

A very common cause of back pain can be attributed to a herniated disc, which occurs when the rubbery cushion (disc) between two spinal vertebrae bulges outside of the spinal column and irritates the surrounding nerves.

The pain associated with herniated discs can be severe and can significantly impact the lives of people who suffer from this medical condition. With many treatment options available – some being much riskier and costlier than others – patients often find themselves overwhelmed when beginning a back pain diagnosis and treatment plan.

Herniated Disc Treatment

The most common herniated disc treatment options include:

  • Pain medication
  • Heat/ice application
  • Manual manipulation/Chiropractic Care
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Exercise/physical therapy
  • Spinal decompression / DRS Protocol
  • Spinal injections
  • Spinal surgery

Typical treatment for a herniated disc involves pain management therapy, however, many patients experience chronic low back pain that can last for months or years and they require more active treatment options to prevent long-term pain, disability, and drug dependence.

Risks of Back Surgery

When standard pain management treatment fails and active treatment is required, many doctors recommend spinal surgery to repair a herniated disc. However, the risks associated with back surgery can sometimes outweigh the benefits. According to spine-health.org, though rare, some of the risks and complications of back surgery include:

  • Dural tear (cerebrospinal fluid leak) – this occurs in 1% to 2% of these surgeries, does not change the results of surgery, but post-operatively the patient may be asked to lay recumbent for one to two days to allow the leak to seal.
  • Nerve root damage
  • Bowel/bladder incontinence
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

In addition to the surgical complication risks, spinal surgery for herniated disc repair can also result in 6 weeks or more of restricted activity, missed work, and high medical costs that can put patients into debt. As with any treatment, there is no guarantee of success with spinal surgery. 5-10% of patients will develop a herniated disc recurrence within 3 months of surgery, according to spine-health.org.

Non-surgical Herniated Disc Treatment

The risks and costs associated with back surgery have left many patients looking to alternative, less invasive treatment options for their back pain. The DRS Protocol™ which utilizes spinal decompression and other therapies customized for each patient, has become an increasingly popular treatment for back pain associated with a herniated disc as this method requires no surgery, no addictive medications, is virtually pain-free, and has a high rate of success in significantly reducing or even eliminating back pain with outpatient treatment.

“I was in so much pain in my lower back and legs when I first came to Davis Clinic of Chiropractic for treatments in May. I had difficulty walking and bending over. After a few weeks the improvement was incredible.” – Gwendalyn

 

The DRS Protocol™

The DRS Protocol™ (DRS stands for Decompression, Reduction, Stabilization) is described by Dr. Richard E. Busch III, Fort Wayne chiropractor and developer of the DRS Protocol™, as a non-invasive combination of spinal decompression, chiropractic manipulation, nutritional therapy, targeted exercise, and the mind-body relationship where each patient is self-assessed and treated individually to ensure optimal results.

The DRS Protocol has helped thousands of herniated disc patients regain active and pain-free lifestyles and is rapidly becoming a widely accepted alternative back pain treatment option. The non-surgical, drug-free, and pain-free DRS Protocol treatment is available in Central Florida only at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic The Villages, Florida.

Pain Relief in The Villages, FL

For relief of your back or neck pain, call Davis Clinic of Chiropractic today at (352) 430-2121 to find out more about the treatment options available and schedule an appointment today!

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Spinal Decompression Treatment for Slipped Disc

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MRI of slipped dicc before and after treatment with spinal decompression

A slipped disc, also known as a herniated disc or bulging disc, is one of the most common causes of back pain. If you suffer with a slipped disc you know firsthand just how painful it can be.

Symptoms of a slipped disc can cause:

  • Back pain or neck pain
  • Sciatic pain
  • Numbness and tingling in the legs or arms
  • Burning sensations
  • Weakness in the arm or leg

Many medical doctors recommend addictive painkillers, epidurals, or worse – neck or back surgery to treat a slipped disc, however as a new study confirms, spine conditions such as a herniated disc or slipped disc can be treated non-surgically with spinal decompression.

Non-Surgical Slipped Disc Treatment in The Villages, FL

At The Villages Chiropractor, Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, we go even further with the DRS Protocol treatment for back and neck pain conditions. The DRS Protocol, available only in The Villages, FL at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, utilizes spinal decompression and multiple therapies. Since conditions vary from patient to patient, we customize treatment for each patients condition and our patient’s have responded successfully.

We have helped thousands of patients relieve painful symptoms of slipped discs. Patient reviews of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic show that The DRS Protocol and spinal decompression are a safe and effective alternative to surgery for back pain conditions such as a slipped disc, herniated disc, sciatica, and degenerative disc disease.

If you suffer with a slipped disc, herniated disc, or other neck or back pain condition, don’t let it keep you from enjoying life. Schedule an appointment with the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic today to see if you’re a candidate for the drug-free, non-invasive DRS Protocol. You don’t have to live with the pain!

Read more about the spinal decompression study at: http://www.chiroeco.com/news/chiro-article.php?id=16012



January 15, 2015 Herniated Disc

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It can be as painful as it sounds:  a herniated disc, also known as a ruptured disc, is the biggest culprit of low back and leg pain. Unfortunately, this feeling is not foreign to most people. It’s estimated that as many as 80 percent of the population will experience this type of discomfort at some point. The good news is that although it can be quite miserable, most people will find relief with noninvasive approaches. Surgery is usually not the first course of action.

If you suffer with back or neck pain caused by a herniated disc, Dr. Davis of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, FL, recommends the DRS Protocol™. The DRS Protocol™, found exclusively in central Florida at The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, is a comprehensive collection of treatments embraced by selected chiropractors. This effective approach includes spinal decompression and other therapies, centered around the needs of the patient, which will vary. This not a one-size-fits-all approach, but a tailored regimen.

So, what exactly is DRS™?

It’s an acronym that stands for decompression, reduction, and stabilization. The first step involves applying pressure to the injured discs to create negative pressure. In turn, this negative pressure encourages the intake of water, oxygen and nutrients into the trouble area. Put simply, this treatment helps to relieve pressure found inside the disc. The end results are increased blood flow, reduced pain, increased mobility, and tissue healing.

Hundreds of patients have reported success and relief with the DRS Protocol™ treatment for back pain and neck pain conditions. It is especially popular because it’s safe and a great alternative to invasive procedures or a lifetime regimen of pain medications. What’s more, patients don’t have to sacrifice quality of life during treatment.

Patients should take comfort in the fact that a minority of people with lumbar disc herniation actually need surgical intervention. If you’re living in chronic pain day in and day out, there is hope. The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic can provide non-surgical and pain-free treatment options. Call them today at (352) 430-2121, and say hello to relief.

 



what is SCIATICASome Signs that what you’re experiencing is Sciatica

The human spine is a very complex structure made up of many components. Because of this, it can be hard to diagnose a specific issue. There are many things that could be causing your back pain – herniated or degenerative discs, muscle tears or strains, or sciatica. The symptoms of each of these conditions may vary, but if you are experiencing back pain, there are usually some telltale signs that it may very well be sciatica.

In order to diagnose sciatica, we have to know what causes it. Between each bone that makes up your spine is a soft pad that provides cushioning. These pads (discs) consist of a jelly-like interior, covered with a harder exterior. A herniated disc is when the interior of the disc pushes out of the harder exterior, resulting in discomfort and sometimes irritation of nearby nerves.

Symptoms of Sciatica:

1. Burning or Tingling Sensation Down One Leg

When a herniated disc or disc degeneration compresses part of a nearby nerve, it can cause severe pain, numbness, or burning and tingling sensations in the lower back, buttocks, and down the leg.

2. Difficulty Standing

A common effect of sciatica is difficulty standing after prolonged periods of sitting. Sometimes the pinched nerves can cause a shooting pain down your spine and legs when trying to stand up.

3. Pain in the Leg or Buttocks

Most commonly, sciatica will cause a pain in the buttocks, and down the backs of the leg. Try lying on your back and lifting each of your legs one at a time. If this activity creates a shooting pain down one of your legs, you may be dealing with sciatica.

4. Pain Radiating Down One Side of Your Body

Sciatica refers to an interruption in the sciatic nerve – a nerve that travels down from the lower back, to the hips, buttocks, and down the leg. Because of this, it is very common to experience pain in only one leg. Rarely does sciatica effect both legs.

5. Stinging or “Electric Shock” Sensation in Lower Back

In most cases, because sciatica is causes by a damaged or pinched nerve, an “electric shock” or “stinging” sensation is common in sciatica patients. Damaged nerves can often make it feel like your muscles are being “shocked.”

Non-Surgical Sciatic Pain Treatment in The Villages, Florida

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned conditions, you may be suffering from sciatica. The good news is sciatica is a relatively common condition and can be treated successfully, and without surgery! To learn more about our non-surgical sciatic pain treatment, call Dr. Jason Davis, of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, Florida today at (352) 430-2121.



Workplaces Should be Pain-free

Most of us are in jobs that require us to spend a significant portion of the day sedentary — looking at a computer and performing repetitive motions. Unfortunately, this places a great amount of stress on our bodies and can even be the source of a variety of physical ailments. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines workplace ergonomics as: “The Science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.”  Is your workspace set up with ergonomics in mind? If not, it may be contributing — or even causing — a range of aches, pains, physical ailments and even injury.

If you suspect that the recurring pain you experience — particularly in your wrists, shoulders, neck or lower back — comes from your working environment, it’s time to give it a reassessment. Here are some guidelines for a more ergonomic workspace design to reduce back or neck pain and increase comfort (and productivity):

A Proper Seating Position

Use an adjustable chair and maximize the options to find the most comfortable fit for you.  It is recommended that a couple inches exist between the seat front and the back of the knees.  Your lower back should be supported — either by the chair’s lumbar support or by the addition of a small cushion.

Your back should be reclining slightly away from the desk — a stiff straight-backed posture is stressful to the spine.  Also, don’t cross your legs – keep your feet flat on the floor and about hip-width apart.  Adjust the seat height so that your knees are at a 90 degree angle from the hips.

A Relaxed Upper Body

When your hands are on the keyboard, wrists should be naturally in a neutral position.
Your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle when your hands are on the keyboard.  Also, in order to minimize unnecessary movements, place the mouse as close to the keyboard as possible and navigate your mouse using your elbow, rather than your wrist.  Don’t crane your head forward towards the computer screen; rather, make sure that the weight of your head is supported by your spine and neck.

If your job requires you to use the phone for an extended period of time, keep your shoulders comfortably relaxed. If possible, use a headset, as cradling the phone between your shoulder and neck can cause neck pain.

No eye strain

An increasing problem in an office space environment is eye problems.  If you work at a computer, you are putting a great deal of strain on your eye muscles each day, which can cause pain.  In order to minimize the effects of eye strain, place the monitor at arm’s length from you and raise it so that the top of the screen is at eye-level.  Every once in a while, give your eyes a break by looking at far away objects for a few seconds.

Move!

In order to reduce back or neck pain, the best thing you can do for your body is to frequently take small breaks.  Once every couple of hours, get up from your computer to stand, stretch your body, relax your eyes, and even walk around.

Whether at work or at home, spending a great deal of time doing tasks which use a repetitive motion can cause more harm to your body than you may realize.  If you are experiencing back or neck pain caused by the consistent motions that your job entails, give the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic a call today. The Villages chiropractor, Dr. Jason Davis offers a variety of pain relief treatments and can work with you in pinpointing the cause of your pain, and treating the pain you are experiencing once and for all!



You Don’t Have to Accept Back Pain

Do you feel that back pain is just a part of getting older? Whereas back pain may be more evident in adults than in younger people, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they go hand-in-hand. There are some simple steps you can take in order to help rid yourself of back pain.

Natural Pain Relief

First, start by maintaining good posture. If you have a “sit down” job where you are at your desk all day, make sure your chair is ergonomically correct. In other words, make sure the chair is set up right for your height and job function. If you work on a computer most of the day, your computer screen should be at eye level. The chair should be set so that both feet are able to touch the floor.

Next, limit the amount of time you spend in bed. Studies show that people who are more active on a daily routine tend to feel less pain than those who stay in bed. Staying in bed may provide temporary relief. However, the long term effects are stiffness and soreness.

 Exercises for Back Pain Relief

Exercising is another remedy that has great side benefits. In addition to keeping your muscles limber, it will improve your blood circulation and help you maintain a healthy weight. Be careful not to overdo the exercises. Avoid bending and twisting as those activities may have been what caused the back pain to begin with. A simple walk is a good way to start your exercise routine.

Using cold and hot packs can help reduce the pain as well. If your back pain is due to an injury, use ice for the first 48 hours to reduce the swelling then switch to heat. The heat will provide a soothing effect that will comfort the muscles and provide for extended relief.

Non-Surgical Back and Neck Pain Treatment

Finally, if you have severe or chronic back pain, see a professional. Doctors, such as Dr. Jason Davis of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, in the Villages, Florida , specializes in the diagnoses and treatment of back pain conditions that are causing you discomfort, such as herniated discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and more. Dr. Davis is highly trained in treating back pain without surgery, epidurals, or other invasive treatments, including the highly effective, DRS Protocol.

Remember, just because we are getting older, does not mean that we have to accept the aches and pains that some may say are symptoms of getting older. Following these simple techniques and obtaining the advice of a professional chiropractor may be the answer to enjoying a productive and pain free lifestyle. If you are tired of living with pack pain, call the Villages Chiropractor, Dr. Jason Davis today at (352) 430-2121.

 



Is there a difference between a herniated disc vs a bulging disc?

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One of those age-old questions, and a question that we get a lot at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic is “What is the difference between a herniated disc and a bulging disc?” Dr. Davis explains the difference between the two, their role in back pain & neck pain, and discusses treatment options in The Villages.

Read the article here: http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/the-difference-between-a-herniated-disc-and-a-bulging-disc-7039736.html


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