by Dr Ron Spiaggia, D.C.
Non-surgical herniated disc treatment is a widely used and accepted means of practice within the medical community. A recent trend in medicine is utilizing a multi-specialty or "team" approach for safer, faster and more effective treatment outcomes for acute or chronic spinal pain. A typical multi-specialty team includes a medical physician (physiatrist, pain management physician, orthopedist or neurosurgeon), chiropractic physician and physical therapist. True multi-specialty care allows the patient to conveniently access a wide range of services that may be used individually or collectively to successfully treat their condition in a single facility. Performance Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Center affords this benefit to all of our patients thus eliminating the back and forth of seeing different doctors in different offices.
Many patients with herniated discs will present with neck or back pain and radiating pain into the arms or legs. It is common for the patient to complain of weakness in the extremity, as well as electric shock pain, burning or numbness. A spinal disc is a soft cushion that exists between spinal joints. The disc acts as the "shock absorber" of the spine. It provides for many complicated ranges of motion by allowing the spine to bend, twist and turn in various directions. Any impairment or loss of structural integrity of the disc, from spinal trauma, poor posture, weak spinal core muscles or obesity can weaken the disc and eventually cause the disc to fail. When the disc fails the inner component of the disc (nucleus) migrates through the outer component of the disc (annulus) and exerts pressure on the spinal nerve. This increase in disc pressure is commonly called "slipped disc" or more accurately a herniated disc. When the herniated material presses on a spinal nerve it is commonly called a "pinched nerve" or radiculopathy.
It is imperative that the patient understand that a true comprehensive treatment plan must address each area of spinal dysfunction, as described above. The real advantage to a "team" approach for non-surgical treatment is the synergistic benefit each specialist provides to the patient. Simply stated, since most patients present with multiple components to their problem, it makes the most sense to address each issue concurrently in order to achieve fast, effective and long standing relief for the patient. Some of our most successful cases have included patients who have previously failed individual therapies, even including spinal surgery.
Performance Rehabilitation is a premier, comprehensive and multidisciplinary office dedicated to treating acute and chronic spinal pain through non-surgical procedures. We have invested in the most innovative and cutting-edge technology and combined it with the best physicians available. Recently, three of Performance Rehabilitation's physicians have been named to the prestigious 'America's Top Physicians' list by Consumer's Research Council of America, for their related specialties. Performance Rehabilitation allows you to consult with medical and chiropractic physicians, pain management specialists, physical therapists, massage therapists, spinal decompression specialists, and more - all under one roof. To learn more about our state-of-the-art facility, please visit us on-line at www.performancerehabnj.com or call for more information at (908)756-2424.