The lumbar disc starts degenerating form the early 20s and progresses based on the genetic predisposition of the individual. This degeneration is universal and is part of the ageing process. Lumbar disc herniation is the failure of the tensile annulus (tough outer covering of the disc) to contain the central nucleus pulposus (central jelly like disc material). This usually occurs due to weakening of the annulus as part of degeneration process.
A wide variety of treatment options are available for treating lumbar disc herniations. Always consult your spine surgeon before starting your treatment. Majority of patients respond well to physiotherapy, back exercises, rest, analgesics etc. Surgery may be required in patients who have neurological deficit or those who do not respond to other treatment. The Gold standard in surgical management is Micro-Lumbar Discectomy.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical answer for disc related syndromes of your lumbar or cervical spine. DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy treatments utilize sophisticated, FDA certified equipment that gently stretched the spine, taking pressure off the discs and joints, enhancing the natural healing process. The gentle distractive force of therapy creates decompression, (unloading due to distraction and positioning), to improve blood flow and nutrient exchange in the injured area.
Unlike traditional treatments, DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is actually based on your comfort and safety! The force gently increases over several minutes to a peak that distracts the vertebra and gently stretches the soft tissue. You’ll experience cycles of stretch and relaxation during DTS Therapy. Sessions are typically less than 20 minutes and many notice the benefits with as few as 6-12 treatments.
Most children with scoliosis have mild curves and probably won’t need treatment with a brace or surgery. Children who have mild scoliosis may need checkups every four to six months to see if there have been changes in the curvature of their spines. While there are guidelines for mild, moderate and severe curves, the decision to begin treatment is always made on an individual basis.
Factors to be considered include:
• Sex:Girls have a much higher risk of progression than do boys.
• Severity of curve: Larger curves are more likely to worsen with time.
• Curve pattern: Double curves, also known as S-shaped curves, tend to worsen more often than do C-shaped curves.
• Location of curve: Curves located in the center (thoracic) section of the spine worsen more often than do curves in the upper or lower sections of the spine.
• Maturity: If a child’s bones have stopped growing, the risk of curve progression is low. That also means that braces have the most effect in children whose bones are still growing.