Thursday, December 27, 2012

Disc Derangement, New-Start Health Center's Approach to Low Back Pain

Lumbar disc derangement is the most common cause of organic low back pain and in a chiropractic office, it is commonly misdiagnosed. Studies have shown that nearly 40% of patients suffering from low back pain have had symptoms that are consistent with lumbar disc derangement. The catch is, no standard chiropractic “adjustment” will help resolve this type of pain. Instead, to restore the body’s function, a different therapy must be applied, Mckenzie Protocol.

We have all been trained to be scared of the infamous “herniated disc” or “slipped disc” and we know that if you get one of those, surgery is needed. Well I am here to give you a bit of a sigh of relief. Studies have been done on patients with absolutely Zero low back pain, and yet a large percentage of these patients had evidence of a “herniated Disc” on their MRI. What does this mean? Disc bulges, or minor disc herniation can be pain free. This is great news,  but the condition can worsen and go down the road of disc prolapse or sequester, and if you have a weak core, your chances of these conditions is greatly increased. The pain syndrome does not start until the disc bulge or herniation starts to tear the outer fibers of the disc called the annulus fibrosis. This is the definition of disc derangement.  The outer fibers of the disc are much like the enamel of your teeth. It is designed to protect you from the very sensitive nerve fibers. When these outer disc fibers tear, it is like a cavity in the disc. The inner part of the disc (nucleus pulposus) starts to migrate into the outer fibers and affects the nerve endings much like sugar on a cavity.

Luckily the disc is slightly different than your tooth’s enamel, because it can actually repair itself. The current protocol in the medical world is to a disc bulge, herniation, or derangement is also similar to the dental world.  When we get a severe cavity, it is pretty common to use a synthetic metal to fill the void in the too, or even put a crown on the tooth. The surgical intervention of lumbar disc disorders is to but a spinal block in the segment, meaning they remove the disc and put a metallic disc between the two spinal segments. The concept is great, but studies have shown that spinal disc surgeries have a 60% fail rate, and there is actually a diagnosis for it called, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. Scar tissue and the blocking of a joint in the low back causes so many alterations in the biomechanics of the spine that further disc injuries are inevitable. Instead of surgery, allow us at New-Start to help your body restore itself.

Disc derangement is a result of weak core muscles, repetitive motions, and lumbar spine instability. Getting adjusted by a chiropractor is very effective in restoring motion in to fixated segments in the spine, but if a condition is caused by instability, or too much motion, it seems pretty clear that an adjustment to increase motion will be of no benefit, and could possibly worsen the condition. If this condition is misdiagnosed, your chiropractor could potentially make it worse.

At New-Start Health Center, We pride ourselves on staying on top of the most current treatment protocols to allow us to get patients to a PAIN FREE status as quickly as possible. This starts with Proper Diagnosis of the pain syndrome.

Disc derangement pain can be very elusive. If you suffer from low back pain when sitting for long periods of time, increased pain in the morning, pain when moving from a lying to a sitting position or a sit to stand position, or have pain in certain movements such as leaning back then you may have a disc derangement. The pain can be local to the low back, or can also travel down into the buttock and all the way to the knee.

You do not need to have all of these symptoms to have disc derangement. If you ever suffer from Low Back Pain, it is important to find out with a quick physical exam if you do have any derangement. It is important to remember that 40% of all people with low back pain, suffer from disc derangment, and you do not want it to progress to a disc prolapse or sequester.

Call New-Start (812) 799-0668 if you want to have your Low Back Pain further inspected and to find out if we can help you Become Pain Free.

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