Treatment for a Disc Bulge / Herniation in Lakewood
Lower back pain in Lakewood comes in an amazingly disturbing variety of forms, and medical language sure doesn’t make it any easier for your average person to understand at times. Spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, cervical disc prolapse and on and on, the medical jargon just keeps on going. Here I’d like to discuss a specific problem that comes up surprisingly often at our office in Lakewood. More specifically, dessication and herniation of the L5-S1 intervertebral disc. That way you can learn a little bit about what it is and of course to lend a hand if you are hurting. After all, we at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood are on the cutting edge of non-surgical treatment.
Where is the L5-S1 disc?
The L5-S1 area is the line of demarcation between the lumbar spine (L) and sacral spine, the combined region sometimes being called the lumbosacral spine. The lumbar spine is often associated with the abdominal area while the sacral region correlates to the pelvic/hip area. L5-S1 is right between these spinal regions.
What are the symptoms of an L5-S1 disc problem?
Although it varies from person to person, there is a generalized group of symptoms, a combination of which is possible. They might include, to name the major ones: burning sensation, tingling, numbness, back pain, leg pain and sciatica.
What is different about the L5-S1?
The disc in this intervertebral space is one that bears much of the weight of our bodies; it’s one of the major reasons this disc is so prone to damage like herniation. In that sense it isn’t much different than a normal disc other than the stresses it undergoes during a normal human life.
What is disc dessication?
Disc dessication is when a spinal disc loses its fluid and begins to lose height. As the disc dries out from the loss of water and collagen, it becomes brittle. It will also often show as black and thin on an MRI, as is indicated in the photo. Dessication can affect its ability to absorb shock and increase the likelihood of herniation or bulging.
Will I have to get surgery for it?
This is a common misconception that surgery is the best option for a back problem like herniation. The way I see it is like this: if there’s a chance you can avoid surgery, shouldn’t you? Non-surgical treatments can be just as effective in stopping pain with the right doctors and the right treatment. Surgery doesn’t have to be the only option.
How is it treated?
Treatment for an L5-S1 disc herniation at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood consists of Chiropractic Biophysics, Pettibon, Chirometrex, Vibrational Therapy, 3 dimensional mirror image exercises, and ART (Active Release Technique). By combining multiple complementary techniques, we find that treatment outcomes are often improved.
Are you or a loved one suffering from a disc herniation / Bulge? We can help! Call Dr. Jason Jumper at Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood: 720-493-5885.
"Dr. Jumper and Renew Chiropractic have been an absolute life saver. As I write this on a Friday, I am pain free - a huge improvement from Saturday evening when I slipped a disc and couldn't walk, sit, stand, or really breathe without sharp, shooting pain."
"Slipped a disc and couldn't walk, sit, stand, or really breathe without sharp, shooting pain."
Dr. Jumper and Renew Chiropractic have been an absolute life saver. As I write this on a Friday, I am pain free - a huge improvement from Saturday evening when I slipped a disc and couldn't walk, sit, stand, or really breathe without sharp, shooting pain. A quick search found Dr. Jumper as one of the few chiropractor open on a Sunday morning and within 20 minutes of calling the office, I was standing in his exam room getting x-rays taken. By the time I left 45 minutes later, we had a treatment plan and real goals for managing pain and fixing my disc problem.
Dr. Jumper listens, asks detailed questions, and explains everything clearly. I felt like I had found a partner in this struggle and that there was a light at the end of the back pain tunnel.
Renew Chiropractic is out of network for my insurance company, and rather than sending me off to find a different doctor and start over, Dr. Jumper and his team worked with me to make treatment affordable and consistent.
I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Jumper and Renew Chiropractic. In less than a week, I've gone from pain at a 9.5 to less than 1.