A herniated disc can leave patients with excruciating pain in the neck or low back. Patients can also experience nerve pain that radiates down their arms or legs.
Patients in this situation may think their options are limited. They don’t want medication because it only masks symptoms, and they want to avoid the high costs and high risks of surgery.
Well, what else is there to try?
Fortunately, Dr. Jeffrey Glover has the perfect answer.
Dr. Glover, a chiropractor and owner of Leesburg-based Glover Chiropractic Clinic, offers spinal decompression therapy for degenerative disc disease and bulging discs that arise in both the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) spine.
Spinal decompression therapy is a painless and noninvasive procedure that has helped a countless number of his patients become pain-free. When a disc bulges or is herniated, it can pinch sensitive spinal nerves, which often results in severe pain. The spinal decompression table gently stretches the spine, promoting fluids and nutrients into the vertebral disc area. As a result, the disc becomes rehydrated.
“It takes fluid from the outside of the disc and sucks it back into the disc,” Dr. Glover says. “Once the disc rehydrates and the size of the disc space gets larger, there’s more space for nerves to exit the spine. The nerve will begin healing when it’s no longer being compressed or pinched.”
During the treatment, patients lie on a therapeutic table and are strapped to a padded harness. The number of required treatment sessions varies among patients, depending on the severity of the injured or diseased disc.
“Sometimes patients are better after only a few treatments, and other times it may take several treatments,” Dr. Glover says. “Everyone is a unique individual.”