Before you consider surgery for a bulging disc, it is important to take some time and explore your options. According to the federal organization, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “in 2007, 27 million adults reported back problems with $30.3 billion spent on treatments to ease the pain.” An estimated 600,000 people in the United States chose surgery to remedy their back problems. However, a study published in the journal Spine reveals that 74 percent were worse off after the surgery than before the procedure. An even more disturbing revelation was the 41 percent increase in opiate use for pain control. The results of the study also revealed that 67 percent of patients who did not have back surgery were able to return to work.
It is concerning to many surgeons and public health professionals that back surgery is used 8 times as much to treat back issues than before 1995. There may be some instances when surgery is the best option. “But the concern is that it’s [sic] gotten way beyond what is reasonable or necessary. There are some areas of the country where the rate of spine surgery is three or four times the national average.”, says Dr. Charles Burton, medical director for The Center for Restorative Spine Surgery in St. Paul, Minn.
If your Doctor recommends back surgery, Dr. Burton along with many other healthcare professionals believe patients should obtain a second opinion. Most agree that a “combination of approaches” yield the best results. Methods of treatment can include exercise, weight loss, and Functional Disc Rehydration.
What is Functional Disc Rehydration
The cause of a bulging disc in your spine is the result of the disc being worn down and losing its gel-like fluids. These fluids play an important role. The fluid keeps your vertebrae flexible and healthy. It acts as a buffer or shock absorber for your spinal discs. When one or more vertebrae becomes worn or otherwise degenerated, the protective gel-like lubricant escapes and leaves your discs unprotected. When you suffer from this condition, it very often leads to excruciating back pain that can radiate down your leg and leave you in a debilitative state.
Functional Disc Rehydration is a process involving compression and traction movements. These motions encourage your natural fluids to flow back into the nucleus of your discs in your back and thereby returning the discs back to a healthy hydrated state. This process is used to treat many back issues including bulging discs, stenosis, degenerated discs, and herniated discs. When you undertake this non-invasive procedure along with physical therapy, you can experience lasting relief in a relatively short period of time.
In 2007, Dr. Jeff Winterheimer, D.C. conducted a study with a PAC 10 university researcher, which yielded amazing results. The elimination of chronic back pain for good, using a non-surgical, drug free natural remedy.
No one should live in pain. No one should take a chance of further damage, more pain, and opiate reliance by having unnecessary surgery. Sometimes the simplest option is the best option.
If you or someone you know is experiencing back pain, look into the Natural Remedy of Functional Disc Rehydration as a viable, long lasting option for relief.
Back surgery may backfire on patients in pain, http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39658423/ns/health-pain_center/t/back-surgery-may-backfire-patients-pain/#.UvKZRZhx0xA
Long-term outcomes of lumbar fusion among workers' compensation subjects: a historical cohort study, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20736894 Startling New Study Reveals That Back Surgery Fails 74% of the Time, http://chiro.org/wordpress/2010/10/22/new-study-shows-that-back-surgery-fails-74-of-the-time/