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Herniated / Bulging Disc
Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are the three most common symptoms chiropractic treats. Some back pain is caused directly by a disc issue.
There are four levels of injury to a disc. All four can give you either severe, sharp, radiating or referral pain or a weakness and numbness. Three of the four can be corrected entirely with chiropractic adjustments and the fourth one needs a referral to an orthopedic surgeon.
The level that you have can be determined by a series of steps. A good and thorough chiropractic, orthopedic and functional exam is the first step.
X-Rays also would be ordered to see the extent of bone and space issues, if any.
Lastly, an MRI would be ordered, but only depending on the level of the issue. We do not recommend CT scans because they are just not as definitive.
Level One: A pseudo-disc. This is that your back is locked up, you are in pain, but your exam determines that you do not have a true issue. Chiropractic uses the term subluxation and it means less than a dislocation. There is a sprain/strain component to the area of the back, no different than an ankle but more serious because of the location. You are lucky if this is your diagnosis. You can go through a course of corrections that entirely change your life and prevent you from having a true disc issue.
In all truth, medications can be taken to relieve this issue in the moment, but the problem will never go away. It will become docile and worsen. Getting the disc treated now will save you time, money, and pain in the long term.
Level Two: A bulging disc. If you were to take an MRI of any individual regardless of whether they had symptoms are not, you are likely to see a disc bulge somewhere in their spine. This is because discs were designed to be shocked absorbers and function much like the tire of a car. The air in the tire must move around to absorb the movement of the car. This is a good thing. The problem is if the air or in this case, the nucleus (jelly) of the disc gets stuck. This happens more often if there is a level of degeneration: first level degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease, and bone spurring. None the less, the MRI looked the same the day before, but it is in pain now – and that is because it locked up and there is no movement in the area!!!! A series of chiropractic adjustments also resolve this issue and staying on top of it reduces episodes of bulging discs.
Level Three: A herniated disc. This is by far the most painful of the four kinds, mostly because there is no easy resolution. A herniated disc means that the outer part of the disc has torn to some degree and the body is producing a mass amount of inflammatory chemicals to alert you about this. The body does this to protect you, but you are still in pain and out of function. Studies have shown that in the first month chiropractors have the best results for low back pain. If you have a true herniated disc, you are in it for the long haul. And by that I mean months. You may have injured it in a trauma or it may be degenerated and full of osteoarthritis. Regardless, at this point, it is a bad injury. There is always radiating, sharp shooting or referral pain. Worse yet, there is often weakness. An intense chiropractic treatment plan and following the course of action given by the doctors of chiropractic at Be Well will get you the results you want. You will need to bring your questions and concerns to the doctors so that you can work as a team to get through this.
Regarding surgery: Here is an example statement from a surgeon: Dr. Charles Rosen, MD, the clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine states: “An enormous number of back surgeries don’t give patients long term relief”. There is even a term for it: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. In fact, sometimes the worse the symptoms are, the more contra-indicated the surgery, new research shows.
Level Four: A sequestered disc. This is the only measurable successful surgery in the bunch. It means a piece of bone or other fragment has broken off and is floating in the cord area. This does need a surgical referral. It is so rare, that at Be Well Chiropractic we have only had one in nine years.
The difference for your life is: What do you do with this? What is the Quality of life that you want to have? Who is on Team You? At Be Well Chiropractic, we work with the three causes of stress and pain in the body: Physical, Mental, and Emotional. Is the cause of all your stress and pain still there? It is about getting the spine in line and also being your health coach to Live a better Quality of Life. Call Be Well Chiropractic Franklin TN: (615) 967-7585. Dr. Janelle M. Farris is here to help get you out of pain and improve your quality of life.
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“(My experience) has been amazing and I have formed a wonderful relationship with both doctors. They continue to research how to show me more exercises and treatment plans to help strengthen my body.”
“My body has adjusted better as time has gone by and feels very flexible and strong doing long days at work.”
“I’ve gotten a lot better and have learned how to take care of my own body with stretches and exercises Dr. Janelle has given me specifically for my body type.”
“I would recommend not just seeing a chiropractor, but seeing Dr. Janelle. She’s knowledgeable and thorough and will give you the best plan to bring you into a healthier lifestyle”
“I loaded up on Tylenol and other pain medications and tried getting frequent massages, which only provided temporary relief. I was always in pain and stiff.”
“I absolutely love this office and staff. Dr. Greg gave me a great program of treatments and exercises (and) I started to feel relief after the very first session.”
“Chiropractic should be in one’s priority list, just as taking vitamins and eating healthy. A must try, as you may not know how much better you can feel. Depending on the issue, I strongly feel chiropractic care is important to feeling healthy and staying active.”
“I was kind of scared of the adjustments but I figured chiropractic care was the only medical care that could “fix” the problem. Dr. Hutti was very kind and good about explaining what was going on in a clear way that was easy to understand for an average person with no medical background.”
“(Dr. Hutti) recommended continued adjustments to re-align the vertebrae, daily exercises to keep movement and to strengthen my muscles, to hold vertebrae in the correct position.”
“I am so thankful for their knowledge and help!”
Anna starting coming to Be Well Chiropractic with lung complications due to cystic fibrosis. She was having middle back pain mainly due to coughing. She has “always been a huge fan of chiropractic care when it comes to keeping (her) immune system at its strongest.”
“Dr. Janelle has been a huge factor and partner in my health. When your body is aligned right it can heal itself so much easier. I think chiropractic care is crucial to my health and quality of life.”
Since seeing Dr. Janelle her “breathing has become much easier and more free.”
“I am better now than when I first came. I continue to get/feel better with every visit. I am learning things that I believe will allow me to stay healthy for a very long time.”
“I find that going to Dr. Greg was very helpful. I tried everything else (and) nothing seemed to help. My headaches are gone. I would recommend trying Dr. Greg. It does work.”
Her first impression of chiropractic, this office, and the doctor was that “Dr. Janelle has a holistic approach that will have long-term benefits.” She was “very impressed with her knowledge and her approach.”
Since seeing Dr. Janelle, Lauren has gained back her range of motion in her neck and back. The numbness in her leg has gone away, the pain in her rib has lessened, and she no longer has headaches.
“I would recommend improving your lifestyle habits such as diet, physical activity, and chiropractic care.”
“I feel that this is a life-changing practice and that (chiropractic) is necessary for a healthy life.”
“(I) feel so much better and the pain is practically gone.”