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7 Reasons You Can Stop Asking, "Should I Have Surgery For My Herniated Disc?"

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 08:10 AM

herniated disc surgeryA herniated disc is never something that is easy to deal with. The problem occurs when the cartilage around the outer wall of one of your discs weakens to the point where it slips out of alignment and the gel like nucleus pulposus inside begins to rupture. This can deform the disc’s shape, irritate the nerves and muscles around it, and ultimately cause tremendous pain.

There is much controversy surrounding how to deal with herniated discs and in many cases, doctors will tell you that surgery is the only answer. However, surgery carries a lot of baggage with it and there are many reasons to shy away from it.

  1. Expense 
    Many people question back surgery because of the costs involved. Back surgery is incredibly expensive and in some cases, insurance will not cover the costs. You should never feel pressured into going through a procedure you cannot afford when there are other options out there. 
     
  2. Risks 
    In addition to being very expensive, there is always the chance that more damage could be done to your spine during the procedure. A bad surgery could lead you to have more disc problems than you were suffering with beforehand. There is even the chance of paralysis. 
     
  3. Mixed Results 
    Even if you do not suffer from further problems or side effects after surgery, there is always the chance that the procedure will not be effective. Even if you experience relief, your herniated disc problem could return later on. 
     
  4. Alternative Treatments 
    Fortunately, you do not need to continue wrestling with whether or not you need to go through expensive and risky surgical procedures because there are alternatives out there that will prove to be just as effective. In fact, the bulk of herniated discs can often be healed in just a few short months with intensive nonsurgical treatments. Some of these options include: rresting your body to promote self healing, a specialized exercise regimen, and Functional disc rehydration therapy.  
     
  5. Rest  
    This is a more vital component of the healing process than you might think. Remember that if you have back surgery, you will need to rest in order to allow the body to heal anyway. However, by taking it easy and not stressing your back, you can help your system to do all of the healing on its own without any surgery required.  
     
  6. Exercise 
    While your mobility might be limited when you are dealing with any disc problems, there are still many exercises that you can take advantage of. Simple stretching can help relax muscles and improve mobility. Modified cardio and strength training exercises will help to improve your endurance and strengthen the muscles in your spine. The stronger that your body gets, the more your spine will begin to orient itself properly. 
     
  7. Functional Disc Rehydration Therapy  
    This revolutionary treatment is non-surgical, non-invasive, and involves no drugs or injections of any kind. The process works by alleviating pressure off of your discs to promote greater amounts of nutrients and oxygen to flow straight into the nucleus of the afflicted area. Over time, this can actually reverse disc degeneration to help you have a much healthier spine.

Getting the Right Help
 

What alternative disc treatments have you considered outside of surgery? The Illinois Back Institute has great experience with using such methods to treat problems including neck pain, stenosis, sciatica, degenerated, herniated, and bulging discs. For more information regarding how you may resolve your lower back pain without asking questions about surgery, request a free back consultation.


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Topics: back surgery, herniated disc, exercise, alternative treatments, functional disc rehydration therapy, Surgery Risks