SPINAL DECOMPRESSION AT ADVANTAGE SPINE AND DISC
If you suffer from serious pain and/or mobility issues involving your neck, back, or limbs, you may be one of the many American suffering from nerve compression in the spinal column. Injuries and degenerative conditions can place abnormal pressure on major nerve roots, interfering with normal transmission of nerve signals. Fortunately, you can most likely resolve this problem without resorting to surgery. Here at Advantage Spine and Disc in Boise, ID, we can relieve it through non-surgical spinal decompression therapy.
Nerve Compression Causes and Symptoms
The human spinal column consists of jointed vertebrae spaced and supported by cartilaginous discs. A spinal disc has a tough outer casing (the annulus) filled with a gelatinous substance (the nucleus), a combination that gives it both resilience and the ability to cushion the spine. These structures sit right next to the spinal cord, with major nerve roots poking out through small gaps. When a neighboring structure overgrows or loses its alignment, it can push against a nerve root, reducing its ability to function normally.
Disc problems serve as a common source of spinal nerve compression issues. Aging or misaligned discs may bulge partway out of the spinal column, applying pressure to a major nerve root. A bulging disc may also herniate, with the bulging part rupturing and allowing the material of the nucleus to irritate the nerve root even more.
Symptoms of spinal nerve compression typically include pain, tingling, loss of feeling, and muscle weakness in the area served by the affected nerve. If your nerve compression occurs in the upper spine, you may experience these symptoms in your neck, arms, or hands. If they occur in your lower spinal column, you'll develop them in your lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet.
A Non-Surgical Approach from Our Boise Chiropractor
At one time, spinal surgery was the primary treatment option for spinal nerve compression. This major surgery has its share of disadvantages, including mobility limitations, but it may prove necessary for the most severe cases. Our Boise chiropractor, Dr. Ricks, can help most people with mild to moderate spinal nerve compression through non-invasive measures.
Our non-surgical spinal decompression therapy uses a computer-controlled treatment table. This table exerts small degrees of outward-pulling force on the spine, which creates negative pressure between the vertebrae. The negative pressure pulls a herniated or bulging disc away from the nerve roots and back into its normal configuration, allowing your nervous system to function as it should.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Ricks
Find out whether spinal decompression therapy can work for you. Call our Boise office at (208) 336-2225 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ricks!