Finding an effectual herniated disc remedy is the goal of every patient who is suffering from chronic disc pain. Many people experience a herniated disc from a back injury, or more commonly, due to simple spinal degeneration. Disc bulges and ruptures are common occurrences in the spines of many adults. Most of these conditions are not painful and many go completely unnoticed. However, once diagnosed, a herniated disc has the bad reputation for being a difficult to treat health concern, which might produce symptoms for many years to come.
discussion will detail the range of possible remedies available in the
traditional care sector, the complementary medical industry and the
truly alternative practices which may be effective for many patients.
Traditional medical science usually employs conservative measures to treat a recently discovered bulging disc. Physical therapy and drugs are the most common of these initial treatment modalities. If these do not bring good results, and they rarely do, then the patient is often given a series of epidural injections. So far, we have 3 distinct symptomatic treatments which do nothing at all to change the structural condition theorized to be responsible the disc pain. Basically, the doctor is doing something to treat the pain and hoping that the condition might resolve on its own.
If there still is pain after all these therapies, herniated disc surgery is often advised. Once this process has begun, the patient rarely recovers and will most likely be functionally limited or disabled, to one degree or another, for the rest of their life. Additionally, even after such invasive treatment, many patients often still have their pain, and in some instances, actually suffer a symptomatic escalation postoperatively.
Alternative and complementary approaches to herniated disc treatment are virtually all symptomatic in nature. The most common are: chiropractic adjustments, TENS therapy, acupuncture for pain relief, massage for comfort and maybe some form of exercise therapy. These approaches are kinder to the body than the pharmaceutical approach used by physicians, but still offer little hope of providing a true cure. Typically, complementary therapies are ongoing and become a growing drain on the patient’s finances, especially if their insurance coverage is limited or non-existent.
Some chiropractors have found a nice addition to their normal practice by integrating spinal decompression treatments for certain structural conditions. Luckily, herniated discs and degenerative disc disease are the conditions which respond best to this excellent therapy option.
The simple facts about herniated discs clearly demonstrate that most disc conditions are not normally the actual causes for ongoing back pain or sciatica. Although they shoulder considerable blame as villains from doctors and therapists alike, herniated discs are mostly innocent and coincidental to many chronic pain syndromes. Patients who have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, but have not recovered despite a wide range of attempted treatments, most commonly fit this profile. I know this well, since this was exactly the category of patient I fit into myself.
Knowledge therapy is a wise treatment choice for any stubborn pain condition and is a natural fit for back and neck pain. After all, it is for these epidemic conditions that modern knowledge therapy was developed to provide a cure.
Dr. John E. Sarno, of The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine/NYU Medical Center, is the father of psychological warfare against back pain. His results are the envy of any physical treatment provider and have illuminated much about the true nature of chronic dorsalgia.
As a fellow patient, pain coach, self-help author and back pain scholar, I find myself having to tell it like I see it every day of my life. I can not help but advise knowledge therapy to virtually all back pain patients, unless they have a verifiable pathological component to their disc diagnosis, such as true spinal stenosis or a definitive pinched nerve. This approach to care can not hurt and might just enact a true cure. There is no harm in trying.
Experience has taught me that the majority of long-term painful complaints are simply illogical from a purely structural viewpoint and usually have some psychological factor which needs addressing. This may be a cause, a contributor, a perpetuator, an exacerbator or mere psychological overlay. However, chronic pain is inherently a mindbody process and should be treated as such. The best part of knowledge therapy is that it is free at the local library or low cost if you prefer to buy some books to have around the house for future reference.
For patients who have definitive nerve involvement sourcing their pain, I typically recommend spinal decompression as a more enlightened physical treatment modality. This therapy approach is non-surgical and demonstrates good results, especially for disc pain patients. As a bonus, the results are usually permanent and the treatment lasts only a few weeks, so the cost is finite.