Until you experience a back injury, you have no real understanding of how debilitating it is. Virtually every movement uses one of the back or adjoining muscles. Back pain sufferers experience numbness, weakness, and reduced functioning of the limbs. Back pain interferes with work, sleep, and relaxation as well. If your injury progresses to the point where the disc material moves into spaces occupied by nerves, in the past you were facing back surgery. Please talk to Dr. Krahl- there ARE non- surgical options to relieve this nonstop pain: chiropractic specific adjustments, physical modalities, massage… if you do not want to assume the risks associated with back surgery, then spinal decompression is the next logical choice.
Dr. Krahl uses a Hill AirFlex chiropractic table (seen here) to perform flexion-distraction spinal decompression.
Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently "distracts" or stretches the spine. This allows the chiropractor to isolate the affected area while slightly "flexing" the spine using a pumping rhythm.
There is usually no pain associated with this treatment. Instead, the flexion-distraction technique's gentle pumping to the painful area allows the center of the intervertebral disc (called the nucleus pulposus) to assume its central position in the disc. Flexion-distraction may also improve disc height. This well-known treatment technique has helped countless people find relief from low back pain.
This technique can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root, and eventually any associated pain and inflammation into the leg (if there is any related to your herniated disc).
With flexion-distraction, you generally need a series of treatments combined with adjunctive physiotherapy, supplementation, and at-home treatments (Dr. Krahl will let you know what those are). Gradually, specific exercises to treat your disc will be incorporated into your treatment plan.