Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic Treats Disc Herniation Pain

“You have to know where you came from to know where you are going.”

It is true for all of us personally, familiarly, and professionally. It is true for medicine – allopathic and alternative - too. It’s true for the comprehension of the disc and the spine it houses. Knowledge of Eugene back pain keeps evolving, and one of the foremost milestones was rather recent in the history of man. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic shares past and current findings on the disc and the back pain it produces as well as the Eugene chiropractic care that relieves that back pain.

HISTORY OF THE DISC HERNIATION

The understanding of disc herniation as a compressive force on spinal nerves causing back pain and leg pain is a relatively new wonder. Remember that the spine changes as it ages. The spinal disc’s shape and tissue composition changes. The disc’s center, nucleus pulposus, changes and gets smaller. (1) We know better today, but in 1909, the disc herniation was thought to be a tumor. In 1930, a neurologist (T Alajouanine) and surgeon (D Petit-Dutaillis) explained their surgical experiences with disc herniations that were initially talked about by a pathologist named CG Schmorl. But it was not until 1934 when WJ Mixter and JS Barr published the first report of surgically removing disc herniations in 19 patients. (2) (Unless it is published, it didn’t happen…and you don’t get credit for it!) So it was fewer than 100 years ago that the disc herniation was named a disc herniation and known as such! Allopathy and alternative medicine like chiropractic have risen to the challenge in that time.

ALLOPATHY and ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Allopathic medicine is usually focused on the disease and has a tendency to focus on symptom-specific treatment (usually pharmacological or invasive) to get rid of the cause of pain. Alternative medicine usually centered on a whole-body approach and tends to concentrate on treatments that stimulate the body’s capability to heal itself (herbal supplements, Reiki, chiropractic, Tai chi, acupuncture, etc.) to reduce pain. (3) Today, integrative medicine is growing in its appreciation and use of the best of both.

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR DISC HERNIATION

Chiropractic care is comprehensive care for spine pain conditions. For the disc herniation causing low back pain, neck pain, leg pain and/or arm pain, gentle flexion distraction spinal manipulation is relieving. A new report points out that horizontal traction was very helpful in producing a significant increase in average lumbar spine disc height and reduction in lumbar lordosis. (4) Such is available with the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management causing long-y axis distraction. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic specializes in this treatment. Cox Technic is depicted as a non-thrust low velocity variable amplitude spinal manipulation that manages low back pain non-pharmacologically. It’s evidence-based to reduce pain in chronic low back pain patients. (5) It decreases intradiscal pressure in the disc to as low as -192mmHg, opens the spinal canal area by 28%, and increases disc height by 17%. (6) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic relieves back pain due to disc herniation very effectively.

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jake Bohnen on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He discusses a case of a disc herniation he treated with Cox® Technic and reduced pain…and the herniation on MRI!

Schedule a non-surgical Eugene chiropractic care appointment with Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic today. Together, we will determine where you’ve been on your back pain journey and set a course of correction and control for its future with the most appropriate treatment possible.

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic gently treats the disc herniation causing back pain.
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