We recognize that there is a serious need to help those suffering with moderate to severe low back pain, including sciatica and stenosis – WITHOUT relying on invasive, expensive and dangerous surgical procedures. It is well known that most of these debilitating and painful conditions are due to intervertebral disc problems.
The intervertebral discs are located between each vertebra in the spinal column. Of the vertebrae, there are 7 cervical (neck), 12 thoracic (mid-back) and 5 lumbar (low back) discs. The discs make up approximately 1/3 of the spinal column.
Sciatica leg pain radiates along the sciatic nerve, usually on only one side of the body, from the lower back, through the hips and down the legs. This happens when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disc or bone spur, sometimes caused by an accident or injury. Symptoms of sciatica include:
The intervertebral disc is actually a type of cartilaginous joint. Discs consist of an outer layer, annulus fibrosis, and an inner nucleus pulposus, which is a soft, jelly-like, substance. The disc is made up of proteins called collagen and proteoglycans that attract water.
Normally, discs compress when pressure is put on them and decompress when the pressure is relieved. These discs do not have a blood supply; therefore, they exchange nutrients by a process called “imbibition”. By definition: It is a complex movement-driven pump mechanism.
Imagine a sponge filled with water; when that sponge is compressed, the water is forced out of the sponge. When the compressive force is removed, the water is “sucked” back into the sponge. This is precisely how discs stay healthy and functional. This process explains how the disc is a self-healing pump mechanism.
However, any significant injury to the spine – especially if repeated over time can adversely affect the discs causing a lack of movement or motion usually from pain, swelling and muscle spasm (inflammation). Nutrient exchange is halted from the pump stopping. If prolonged, the failure of this “pump mechanism” may result in biochemical changes, causing chronic back pain and disc degeneration.
This can be seen on an MRI, where there is a lack of fluids in the disc. This is called desiccation and it can precede the herniation of a disc. There has to be a way to get this “pump mechanism” working again to restore the vital nutrients and fluids that are necessary for healthy tissue.
Yes, we certainly can!!! We utilize a team approach to treat low back pain and disc problems. We are an integrated clinic – which means we have Medical Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Chiropractors and Massage therapists on staff – all working together to help you heal faster. We are the only one in Kennewick, WA or the Tri-Cities for that matter.
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