Non-surgical Herniated Disc Treatments

A study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that back pain is responsible for about 60 percent of all cases in which people miss work as a result of pain involving the upper body. Treatment for back pain costs over 26 billion dollars annually in the United States, with herniated disc, which affects nearly a third of all adults, being one of the worst offenders. Luckily the majority of these cases can be safely treated with non-surgical herniated disc treatments such as herniated disc laser treatment and shockwave therapy.

A herniated disc occurs when one of the cushions that sits between the vertebrae in the spinal column and acts as a shock absorber is pushed out of alignment and impinges on a nerve. Though in youth the spinal disc is soft and elastic, as we grow older the discs begin to harden and grow more susceptible to damage. If a disc should rupture, a portion of the jelly-like inner portion of the disc will bulge out from between the vertebrae. In some cases it may place pressure on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves.

What is the best treatment for a herniated disc? It varies depending on the location of the condition and the needs of the patient. Cervical herniated disc treatment typically consists of a combination of anti-inflammatory medications, activity modification, and physical therapy and exercise. Those undergoing cervical herniated disc treatment may also find relief through chiropractic manipulation that helps to relieve painful symptoms by reducing joint dysfunction.

For patients suffering from pain in the neck, back, or lower extremities, cold laser disc therapy is a form of herniated disc laser treatment designed to heal disc herniation by stimulating the growth of certain cell types. Safe and non-surgical, herniated disc laser treatment has proven effective in reducing inflammation of the surrounding tissue and promoting healing.

For patients suffering from cervical or back pain, the New York Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation clinic (NYDNRehab) offers a range of methods for non-surgical herniated disc treatment. When the cervical herniated disc is injured, pain and weakness are felt in the arm and its muscles, necessitating a very specific herniated disc neck treatment. We use dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) to lessen compression on the nerve by restoring spinal stability. DNS is a method of treatment that re-trains the body in the movements and postures it internalized when first learning how to stand and walk, and it works as a herniated disc neck treatment because it not only improves posture but also restores nerve gliding. Finally, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), which sends high-frequency shockwaves through the skin at near-supersonic speeds, has proven effective in permanently reducing soft tissue pain.

What is the best treatment for a herniated disc? Whether you need cervical herniated disc treatment or treatment for a herniated disc in the back, our clinic on Manhattan’s Upper East Side provides comprehensive care and treatment.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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