Herniated Disc: What It Is, Who Can Help,
And How Much Time It Needs To Heal...

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Herniated disc is often mis-diagnosed and too often pain meds are passed out by the handful...

Not enough imaging diagnostics are performed due to expense, and very little information is being dispensed; so lets take care of that right now...


If you have a  disc condition, there are several things you can do for yourself at home to reduce pain and encourage the healing process...

Please note that if your condition involves a full rupture of the disc itself you are looking at surgery and approximately one to two years of full recovery time …

Your individual timeline for healing will be largely determined by how you spend that year and the changes you are willing to make to support your healing...

People who do not make this time often fail to recover fully and will experience on going joint pain directly in the spine as well as referred pain in other areas of the body…


Healing Time Lines For Two
Types Of Herniated Discs..
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Disc Bulge or slipped disc: When the disc has slipped out of its central positioning between vertebral bones and...

  • There has been tearing of tissue that holds the disc in place...
  •  but the ‘annular fibres’ remain intact…

This is in fact not a completely herniated disc, however, your symptoms can be just as severe since your disc tissue may be in contact with nerve tissue...

  • Healing time: three months +

Disc Herniation with complete annular tearing: When the disc has been pulled out of its natural position between vertebral bones and the annular fibres have torn...

  • There will be what is called a 'spill' (of the fluid filled nucleus pulposis)...
  • Surgery...
  • One to two years for a full recovery...
Look carefully at these pictures so you can understand the difference in severity between disc bulge and annular tearing...

How Chiropractic
Can Help...

If it is a Disc Bulge- full recovery is possible with Chiropractic Care and appropriate rehab…

These are particular techniques I recommend as I have used them myself with a great success rate in practice:

  • Activator Methods
  • Thompson Technique
  • A.R.T
  • Sacral Occipital technique

You can do a search for doctors online who practice with these specific methods in your area…

Please do be assertive and ask the doctor about their success rates with disc bulge and their methods before you go to your appointment and remember...

The range of Chiropractic Care in this situation goes as far as disc bulge...

  • Complete herniation is outside the realm of Chiropractic care...

Ask about the technique used by the chiropractor. Its a good idea to know what to expect before your appointment since a new experience and added anxiety and fear can aggravate back pain…

Certainty itself is a form of back pain relief

Natural Pain
Relief...

Over the counter as well as prescribed pain relief medications are fast acting and potent, but what happens if you need to take them to manage your pain over a period of years, or for the rest of your life...?

You may wish to do some research and look into some natural pain relief remedies that will not have the toxic effects on your internal organs that most pain medications do after a lengthy period of time...

I have provided some basic information regarding supplementation that provides natural pain relief to help get you started - just click on the link below...

Natural Pain Relief


When Surgery Is
The Best Option...

Disc Herniation with tearing of Annular Fibres:  

When the annular fibres are torn and you have a fully herniated disc and contacting a neurosurgeon is your best bet…

Arthroscopic methods are now typically used for surgical procedure and surgery of this type is so much less invasive than it used to be…

One 70+ year old client of mine had two herniated discs shaved and clamped and was on his feet just hours out of post op…

The doctor released him to go home the next day…

The reason why I encourage surgery for discs that have been torn to this degree is that they cannot reposition themselves successfully…

And chiropractic would be harmful until after surgery, and then only more passive techniques in chiropractic should be used...

If this type of disc injury is not taken care of appropriately, the ‘nucleus pulposis’ (water filled capsule like component in the middle of the disc) will flatten out and the disc will degenerate rapidly...

When this happens the next step in the process is fusion of vertebral bones...

Which can cause the development of bone spurs and by the time it reaches this stage the pain will be agonizing and constant...

Be Aware Of Cauda
Equina Syndrome...

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious condition that can cause paralysis or even death.

Another possibility is nerve damage leading to Cauda Equina Syndrome...

Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome Are:

  • Loosing control of your bladder or bowels…
  • Have numbness or tingling in the areas where you would sit on a saddle...
  • You experience numbness in genitalia or anus...
  • Have back pain followed by complete sexual dysfunction...
  • You are not able to walk normally...
  • Pain down sides of both legs…

Should These symptoms appear, call an ambulance immediately...

 Cauda Equina syndrome can cause paralysis or even death...

What You Can
Do At Home...

Disc herniation is one of the most painful back pains in existence…

If you have been to the doctor and have only received pain killers, and suspect a herniated disc due to:

  • Fiery pain down the front of one or both legs...
  •  Radiating pain into the buttocks...
  •  Off and on numbness and tingling in the toes... 

It is important that you insist on an MRI...

X-ray can usually pick up a disc injury...

But, soft tissue resolution is the speciality of MRI, giving sharp, clear, concise views in greater detail than x-radiography can provide...


Just one of many taping configurations for herniated disc.

At home your regime should include:

  • Ice – ten minutes every two hours
  • Tape –  most tape companies publish how to videos for disc bulge and herniations...
  • REST
  • When sitting; position yourself at a 45 degree angle
  • Use slow release pain killers, and only use them before bedtime! There is an argument that says you should take pain killers before the pain is too advanced and this is also a valid consideration. Ultimately your individual pain threshold will determing what is best for you!

For the complete set of instructions and contraindications; please visit the back pain relief page…

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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”