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The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog

Case Study #105 - Wow! Massive Herniated Disc Treatment Saved This Patient From Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 09:11 PM

Not all herniated discs are the same. They come in all shapes and sizes, and this one qualifies as massive. The herniated disc was so big that it was pressing on the nerves on the right side and the left side of this patient's low back. We see some big ones and this is definitely top 3.

This 49 year old female presented to our office with a very large herniated disc and severe back pain.  Her pain started in 2010 and over time was definitely getting worse. An average day of pain for her was a 4 and when it got bad it was up to an 8-9 (ten being the worst).

  • Before she came to see us she had some physical therapy at a well-known clinic. Then in August of 2013 she received 2 injections of cortisone in her back. 


Because those therapies did not work she ended up in the office of a Neurosurgeon. He said she needed surgery, but before he would do the surgery she needed to lose weight.  He wanted to perform a fusion surgery, the most costly and the most complicated of all back surgeries.

She reluctantly decided that the surgery was her only option because she couldn’t live with the pain any longer. The herniated disc and sciatica were so bad that the doctor advised her not to exercise, so she had to lose the weight by restricting her calories. (Probably the hardest way to lose weight)

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Topics: sciatica and treatment, back surgery, back doctor, herniated disc sciatica nerve, herniated disc in back treatment

What You Should Know About Chronic Back Pain and Neuropathy

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Chronic pain stemming from damage that has been done to nerve tissue is commonly referred to as neuropathy. What makes neuropathy unique is that the pain associated with it is not a sign of the body healing itself from injuries or overuse of the muscles. What actually causes the pain, are disruptions or malfunctions within the body’s nervous system.  In short, the pain in itself is the ailment caused by nerve damage.

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Topics: general back pain, lower back pain, Back Pain, spinal surgery, back surgery, Chronic Back Pain, spinal fusion surgery, Risks of Back Surgery, neuropathy

Solutions to Finding Back Pain Relief After Your Back Surgery Didn't Work

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

Resuming your life after failed back surgery can be a big challenge, because not only must you deal with the same (or worse) pain as before surgery--you may feel deeply depressed. Depressed mood after back surgery can work against your overall health, so it’s important not to give up hope. Sometimes the best way to break out of post-back-surgery depression is to plan natural treatments to restore your health.

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Topics: back pain relief, spinal surgery, back surgery, failed back surgery, surgery, failed back surgery syndrome, my back surgery didn't work, spinal fusion surgery, back pain after surgery, same back pain before surgery

Should I Have Surgery for Bulging Disc?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 02:07 PM

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.

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Topics: should i have surgery for bulging disc, back surgery didn't take, multiple bulging discs, bulging disc treatment, back surgery, Bulging Discs, failed back surgery syndrome

How to Deal with Depression After Your Back Surgery Didn't Work

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

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Topics: Functional Disc Rehydration, Back Pain, back surgery, depression and back pain

Spinal Rehydration vs. Surgery: 8 Differences You Need to Know

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Dec 04, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

Sage advice for back pain sufferers: Be certain that you’ve tried every alternative, including spinal rehydration, before even thinking about back surgery to cure common causes of back pain. Surgery and anesthesia, by their very nature, carry significant risk and expense. Back surgery, in particular, has a less-than-admirable success rate. It just doesn’t make good sense to ignore safe and proven, natural treatments and therapies in favor of a drastic, invasive and irreversible surgical treatment.

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Topics: spinal rehydration, Functional Disc Rehydration, Back Pain, back surgery, Natural Treatment

The Common Risks Associated with Bulging Disc Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

Bulging disc surgery, like any other surgical procedure, carries risk. If you’re living with back pain from a bulging disc and considering back surgery, or if someone you love is, you’re well-advised to research the many risks. Before taking a drastic (and often unnecessary) step like surgery, read this outline of back surgery risks--and consider non-invasive and proven-effective back pain treatment alternatives.

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Topics: back surgery, Bulging Discs, Surgery Risks, Risks

What is the Success Rate for Bulging Disc Surgery?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 @ 08:05 AM

If you’re considering surgery for a bulging disc or discs in your spine, there are many factors you should think about before proceeding. Surgery is not generally considered by back specialists and can require long-term use of strong prescription pain medications. There are many natural treatments that can be used to alleviate your back problem and make surgery unnecessary.

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Topics: bulging disc, Functional Disc Rehydration, Back Pain, back surgery, Surgery Risks, Natural Treatment

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

A 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.

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

Failed Degenerated, Bulging and Herniated Disc Surgery – Meghan

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 @ 02:30 PM

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Topics: degenerative disc, degenerative bulging disc, herniated disc, bulging disc, Back Pain Story, back surgery, degenerative disc disease, failed back surgery, bulging disc surgery success rate, herniated disc surgery