For some patients, finding herniated disc relief seems like an epic quest to locate the Holy Grail. Disc pain has a nasty and well deserved reputation as being unbearably agonizing, completely debilitating and undeniably long lasting.
While this is true of many back pain syndromes, the actual facts about herniated discs are not generally well known by many affected patients. This helps to explain why finding some semblance of relief often seems like an impossible task.
This resource section is full of information which can help patients to find much needed relief from back, neck and sciatica pain syndromes.
We will explore medical, complementary and alternative approaches to disc care and even expose why some disc diagnoses may be incorrect.
Being diagnosed with an intervertebral abnormality is akin to being struck in the head with a baseball bat. The very words herniated disc have such tremendous shock value when uttered by your doctor.
I know patients who described feeling doomed to a life a pain and suffering immediately upon hearing those fateful words.
The reality of herniated discs is that most do not cause pain.
The majority of disc bulges are completely asymptomatic. This is doubly true for what doctors like to call degenerative disc disease. This condition is not a disease at all. 95% of diagnosed cases simply represent expected and typical spinal aging which occurs in virtually every human adult.
No disc pathology can enact pain unless it affects a neurological tissue through compression or chemical irritation.
So, in essence, although herniated discs may or may not cause pain when they first occur due to trauma, they are usually not to blame for ongoing chronic symptomatic conditions.
Learn more about achieving respite from disc pain with the targeted topics below:
Herniated disc repair is one of many surgical goals for correcting intervertebral pain syndromes.
Herniated disc remedies can act on the source of pain or on the symptoms.
Herniated disc clinical trials might help patients to access innovative therapies before they are available to the general public.
Herniated disc pain relief is the primary goal of any back or neck pain sufferer.
Symptomatic treatment does nothing to provide a cure, but can make life much better by decreasing pain and neurological expressions.
A home remedy for herniated discs might be quite effective for providing relief in some instances.
Recovering from a herniated disc requires both mind and body effort on the part of the patient.
Osteopathy for herniated discs is a particular focus in the medical sector.
Herniated disc recovery time varies from patient to patient. There is no universal expectation for a recovery timeline when evaluating disc pain.
Herniated disc medicine can take the form of pills, topical products, injections or surgeries.
Curing herniated disc pain might not be easy, but it is possible with time and effort.
Traditional and complementary medicine have created dozens of individual therapy options for herniated disc care. Unfortunately, most of these treatments are symptomatic in nature and will accomplish nothing to resolve the underlying causative condition behind the pain. This is true for both accurately diagnosed disc conditions, as well as the far more common misdiagnosed disc pain syndromes.
Some methods of treatment are more enlightened, such as modern spinal decompression, and might completely cure the underlying structural cause of pain.
Of course, when the diagnostic verdict is suspect, knowledge therapy is an approach worth considering, since many disc irregularities are coincidental to pain instead of causative. This treatment is best suited for people with known disc issues, but no neurologist-verified nerve interaction.
Spinal disc surgery is a poor option for most patients and sometimes does far more damage than good. This path requires extreme caution.
Most patients buy into the concept that any disc abnormality is inherently painful. These patients have already purchased a one way ticket to suffering and are unlikely to recover unless they can be informed of the usual asymptomatic profile of a herniated disc.
Some doctors continue to take advantage of a patient’s ignorance, using a herniated or degenerated disc as a scapegoat to explain otherwise idiopathic back pain. The goal of this practice is simply to keep a patient in treatment for financial gain. The longer, more diverse and more complicated the treatment process, the more money there is to be made. It is as simple as that. Unfortunately, I saw this quite often as part of my job as an insurance investigator.
Dr. John E. Sarno writes beautifully about the role of the doctor in perpetuating, worsening and even creating psychosomatic pain through the diagnostic process. I like to think that this event is an unfortunate and accidental occurrence, but in many cases, I can’t help but see it as a purposeful propagation of old outdated mythologies about the causes of back and neck pain, just to make a financial killing.
I give much credit to those who work in treatment modalities which break this long-term therapy stereotype.
Knowledge therapy providers share all their information for the one time price of a book. Authors like Dr. John Sarno, Dr. Candice Pert and Dr. Andrew Weil have given so much, for so little.
Even spinal decompression practitioners embrace this limited treatment mentality, offering a good chance at resolving pain within few weeks time with finite fiscal obligation. To these unselfish care providers, I salute you.
I have no problem with symptomatic treatments, as long as the patient understands that the therapy will never cure them. Honesty justifies ongoing care, especially if the goal is purely humanitarian, for simple pain relief.
I think this point is often accidentally or purposefully left out of the conversation in some doctor/patient consultations. Worse yet are the care providers who promise good results and then fail miserably.
This certainly mirrors my own personal experiences in the back pain industry, with one doctor blaming the poor treatment methods of another, while demonstrating equally ineffective results themselves.
Regardless of their lack of positive results, they all happily accepted the ongoing stream of money from my pocket without question.
Are you surprised?
No wonder finding lasting herniated disc relief seems virtually impossible.