According to the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, nearly 65 million Americans report a recent episode of back pain, while 8% of all adults in the U.S. experience persistent or chronic back pain. Spinal pain is often caused by a herniated disc, which is when a disc in the spine develops a crack, and the soft inside material pushes outward. If the inner disc material pushes against a spinal nerve, it can cause constant back pain.
If you are suffering from back pain, knowing what is true and false about treatment for a herniated disc can help you receive the proper care you need. Let’s talk about some of the facts surrounding the various treatments, and where you can go in Caldwell to receive amazing nonsurgical treatment that works to alleviate your back pain for good.
Myths About Treatments for a Herniated Disc
Perhaps the most common misconception about herniated disc treatment is that your best option is surgery – but there is a noninvasive alternative treatment that is just as effective. Ozone disc injections are noninvasive and do not carry the risks associated with surgery.
While other treatment methods – such as physical therapy, therapeutic exercise, epidural injections of steroid medication, and spinal manipulation (adjustment) performed by a chiropractor or osteopath – can help alleviate pain in some people, they cannot heal a herniated disc. Only ozone disc injections are an effective alternative to surgery in the treatment of herniated discs.
Another myth about herniated disc treatment is that movement – including regular exercise and physical activity – will exacerbate your disc injury and make your back pain worse. Although rest can provide temporary pain relief, extended rest will only make your symptoms worse; indeed, stretching and exercising as recommended by your doctor and physical therapist will help strengthen your back muscles and diminish your discomfort.
Yet another common misconception is that once you have a herniated disc, the pain will never completely go away. On the contrary, by collaborating with your doctor on an appropriate treatment, you can eventually return to your normal daily activities without any noticeable or permanent pain.
Effective Nonsurgical Treatment for a Herniated Disc
A herniated disc can cause a lot of back pain and discomfort. To alleviate your pain without taking medication that can be addictive or cause harm to your liver, there is a viable, nonsurgical solution known as ozone disc injection therapy. This is a consistently successful procedure that has been available in Europe for decades as a standard treatment for disc herniations.
Ozone is a naturally occurring substance consisting of three atoms of oxygen (O3) that, when injected, relieves pressure on the spinal nerve. It works by shrinking the herniated portion of the disc that is compressing a nerve and causing pain.
Unlike surgery, ozone disc injections do not affect the disc height or alter its normal anatomy. Instead, it improves the long-term health of the disc in several ways:
- By stimulating the cells in the outer covering of the disc to heal
- By signaling your own body’s stem cells to activate in the area and repair the tear
- By improving the cells’ ability to cope with oxidative stress
- By enhancing blood flow to the affected area
- By reducing inflammation
- By increasing lympathic drainage
Herniated Disc Doctor Serving the U.S. and Canada
For more than a decade, Dr. Warren Bleiweiss at Alternative Disc Therapy has been routinely performing ozone disc injection procedures with consistently positive outcomes for his patients. He is conveniently located in Caldwell, New Jersey, ready to help you finally find relief from your back pain without surgery or harmful medications.
To discuss ozone disc injections and other pain-relief treatments with Dr. Bleiweiss, call us today at (973) 403-3334 or request a consultation online using our Request an Appointment form. We also offer telemedicine appointments for your convenience. We look forward to helping you enjoy life pain-free!
Back pain – https://hpi.georgetown.edu/backpain/
Herniated disc – https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/12768-herniated-disk
Herniated disc healing – https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/will-my-herniated-disc-heal-on-its-own