Back pain is a common ailment among American adults, causing missed work. We offer an accurate diagnosis, facilitate effective non-surgical treatment.
Non Invasive Non-Surgical Back Pain Relief in North Atlanta
Ever missed an important meeting at work, a family reunion, or your kid’s all-star meet due to back pain? Ever experience a sharp, pinching, tingling sensation quickly moving across your leg, or wake up in the middle of the night, frozen and suddenly unable to move because your back muscles won’t stop seizing?
You are not alone.
Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in a year and can affect people of all ages, from adolescents to the elderly. Experts estimate that up to 90% of the American population will experience debilitating back pain at some point in their lives, pain that not only affects your quality of life, but pain which robs you of the life you deserve to live. Back pain is known by many names. Degenerative disc disease is perhaps the most common term used because it defines generalized, overall back pain. Degenerative disc disease isn’t really a disease – but rather a series of normal changes in the discs of the spine that, over time, may cause intradiscal pressure, herniated discs, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis, spondylosis, and more… all of which results in tremendous pain.
Common types of back pain:
Refers to the process by which the discs of the spine narrow and move closer together. Spinal stenosis can sometimes be congenital – you’re born with it. Or it can be caused by osteoarthritis, a process where the cartilage padding our joints becomes worn. In severe cases- the cartilage has been damaged so much that is has completely worn away. When the discs of the spine move closer together, they push vital life fluids apart, causing pinched nerves, ruptured and herniated discs, and more.
Are common side effects of spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. Herniated discs occur when injury or weakness causes the inner portion of our spinal disc to protrude through the outer shell, or ring. Also known as a slipped, prolapsed, bulging or ruptured discs, herniated discs are often precursors to pinched nerves.
Pain describes the process by which the nerve becomes compressed due to less space between the discs of the spine. Because nerves carry sensation, both positive and negative, under increased compression we feel the brute force of this negative sensation, something our body interprets as pain, oftentimes causing weakness, tingling and sciatica pain.
Posterior Facet Syndrome
Is also referred to as lumbar (low-back) facet (a joint where two or more bones are joined) syndrome. Each vertebrae in your spine has two sets of facet joints and when these joints become dysfunctional, we experience pain, soreness, stiffness and inflammation. Posterior Facet Syndrome may create greater pain in the morning, upon waking and improve, upon moving around. If you have posterior facet syndrome and sit all day, be mindful of your posture, as this will exacerbate your level of discomfort and pain.
Describes a condition when the sciatic nerve is pinched. The sciatic nerve runs along the lower half of the body. When the body is injured and/or the sciatic nerve experiences pressure, we feel pain that begins in the lower back and radiates to the buttocks, hips and down the legs. Sciatic nerve pain is quite common in pregnancy.
Surgical vs Non-Surgical Treatments for Back Pain
Back pain, whether you think of it as degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, pinched nerves, or sciatica, is caused by damage, wear and tear, or trauma to the bones, muscles, or other tissues of the back. Common injuries to the back include sprains and strains due to overuse, such as working out or lifting too much, prolonged sitting and lying down, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, carrying a heavy bag or purse on one shoulder only, or wearing a poorly fitted backpack.
Oftentimes, back pain seems to come out of nowhere. This is due to repetitive strain on the back that simply accumulates. We’re fine one minute; we simply twist back to reach for our kid in the car seat and poof! We can’t move.
Though many doctors are quick to recommend surgery, modern research shows us that surgery oftentimes is not the solution. In addition to the danger of anesthesia, possible infection and human error, disc surgery is a permanent attempt to solve a problem that can often be resolved with time and dedicated effort to our body’s natural healing process.
Sometimes surgery fails to provide relief or provides only temporary relief of the patient’s pain.The National Institute of Health
Temporary relief may occur because the area of herniation and inflammation is treated, but the root, or underlying cause, is never addressed. And so, poor habits and posture simply cause another back problem somewhere else in the spine.
Another National Institute of Health study examines spinal fusion surgery, a common surgery where two or more discs are permanently fused together, eliminating the body’s ability to bend in that area:
Surgical treatment of non-specific back pain where no pathoanatomical diagnosis has been established is bound to fail. Spinal fusion is a major surgery which can be associated with significant morbidity and occasionally with mortality. Yet there is a rapid rise in the rates of spinal fusion. There is a growing tension between ethics and conflicts of interest for surgeons. The spine, unfortunately, has been labelled as a profit centre and there are allegations of conflicts of interest in the relationship of doctors with the multi-billion dollar spinal devices industry.The National Institute of Health
We at the North Atlanta Chiropractic Center encourage all of our patients to try every option possible before resorting to spinal surgery. Modern methods of treating back pain, such as with Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy (IDD), a ground-breaking non-surgical spinal decompression technique that treats many types of back pain, including Herniated or Bulging Discs, Degenerative Disc Disease, Posterior Facet Syndrome, Sciatica, Acute and Chronic Low Back/Neck Pain, and more. This non surgical treatment modality is not painful and can provide life-long lasting relief.
For our patients with chronic back pain, we always encourage that you work with a qualified physical therapist and commit to changing poor posture and work habits so as not to incur re-injury again in the future.
Ideal Candidates for IDD Therapy (non-surgical spinal decompression)
IDD Therapy describes a non-surgical spinal decompression therapeutic treatment which occurs in the safety of your doctor’s office, using equipment which gently tractions the spine, creating space where there once was compression and pain. IDD Therapy has seen up to an 86% success rate. This treatment is not only safe and painless, but also comfortable and relaxing.
During non-surgical spinal decompression, you are fully clothed. Each procedure is performed by a certified clinician specializing in back pain care. The clinician will place one harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. The harnesses provide stabilizing points for traction therapy, a process in which our unique, patent-pending physio-therapeutic device applies gentle traction to your spine. Each treatment lasts about 30 minutes. The course of treatment usually requires about 20 sessions completed in 35 days.
How does IDD Therapy Work?
IDD Therapy can uniquely isolate each lumbar or cervical vertebrae and distract the vertebrae surrounding the injured disc. The 25 – 30 minutes treatment provides static, intermittent and cycling forces on structures that may be causing low back pain. Doctors often refer to these forces as negative pressure, which promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen and nutrients into the vertebral disc area, thereby rehydrating a degenerated disc. Repeated pressure differential promotes retraction of a herniated nucleus pulposus (the elastic core of the intervertebral disc.)
Think of negative pressure as the antidote to wear and tear that we all experience over time. Instead of poorly aligned discs creating pain, non-surgical spinal decompression allows for these discs to open up. This new found space creates the opposite pressure of gravity: negative pressure allows for our spinal discs to retract. This process relieves intradiscal pressure, promotes the healing and rehabilitation of damaged discs and relieves pain.
The end result is a greater quality of life and well being. Imagine never worrying about missing another meeting, your high school reunion, dinner with the grandkids, or your ten year anniversary. Imagine learning how to move safely, so you can bend over without pain and play with your child, smiling with joy instead of grimacing with fear?
Imagine a life reimagined. With the help of our trained doctors at the North Atlanta Chiropractic Center, we can help you live a pain-free life again.
Please note that a positive finding on an MRI is a requisite prior to treatment.
Complementary Therapies with Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression is highly effective for managing back pain, but it is even more successful when paired with other therapies offered at North Atlanta Chiropractic Center. With the following therapies included in your chiropractic care with spinal decompression, you will see a significant improvement in back pain and flexibility.
- Laser therapy – Laser therapy can target injuries in the joints, which may cause inflammation and have slow healing. With laser therapy, the body’s natural healing mechanisms are accelerated as more oxygen-rich blood and nutrients are brought to the site of the injury.
- Corrective exercises – As you begin to feel pain relief, your chiropractor may design an exercise plan to improve your flexibility, strength, and range of motion. Exercise is an important aspect of the healing process, because stronger muscles can support the more delicate structures of the spine where injuries take place.
When you are struggling to find relief from back pain, North Atlanta Chiropractic Center will help you overcome your symptoms with non-surgical therapies tailored to your needs. To schedule a consultation for your care, give us a call at (770) 806-0644 for a same-day appointment. We file your insurance. We work with highly respected attorneys in the Atlanta area, and will set up a consultation with an attorney if your injuries are a result of an auto or work place accident. Sessions last for about thirty to forty-five minutes and the entire process takes approximately six weeks to complete. Our goal is to help patients who are controlled by back pain to live a healthy, pain-free life so that you can return to your normal routine as soon as possible! Contact our office now at (770) 806-0644 for a complementary consultation and review of your MRI findings!