How To Treat A Herniated Disc Without Surgery

Author: Dr. Jason West

If you have back pain that's going down your leg or going down into your butt or your hip, then this is a video for you. It's about sciatica, it's about a slipped disc a herniated disc and what to do about it. Hey everyone Dr. Jason West.

We're going to talk about Sciatica or Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Syndrome. I can't even say it myself. You know, doctors had to make themselves sound smart so we invent these big word combinations all the time.

An IVD or Sciatic is basically a problem that affects the peripheral nerve that comes out of your back, goes down your leg, depending on how bad it is or how much the nerve is encroached. It can go into your butt, it can go down the back of your thigh, to your knee, into your calf and sometimes into your toes. Now, what it really means is we have a blown shock absorber. So you have a bone here, you have a bone here, you have a shock absorber in between, what happens is those bones bump on each other, they're supposed to be an absorption process that goes along, it's this disc. The disc is like a jelly filled donut. So what happens is, you have this kind of hard outer sole called the annulus fibrosus. You have a really nice, soft, spongy center called the nucleus pulposus and what happens is, if we break down the outer part of that donut and we get something leaking out, we can have a slip disc, a blown disc, a herniated disc, there's about, I think over thirty ways to describe a blown shock absorber. Now, there's a whole bunch of different ways to treat it.

Here's some of the best that I found in clinical practice and what we've been doing in our office for over a hundred years. So the traditional medical treatment for a blown disc is usually some type of muscle relaxer, an anti-inflammatory. If that doesn't provide the patient relief, what happens is, sometimes they'll move to a steroid injection and then they can move into different types of surgical interventions, like a Microdiscectomy or sometimes, they'll do a fusion or a Laminectomy and I'm not a surgeon, so I'm not trying to pretend that I'm something that I'm not, I'm always really cautious when it comes to aggressive surgical interventions because I never see the good outcome from that. People don't come into my office and say, "I had this low back surgery, I'm feeling good, make me feel better." Usually what happens is, they come into the office and they say, "I had a surgical interventions, I'm really hurting, I have a different type of pain or the pain is the same and it worked for a little while, it didn't work." And we're trying to, you know, figure out what we can do from that failed back surgery incident. So I want to talk about what options you can do for health. So the first thing, is to make sure that you're at your target body metabolism and you don't have any excess weight and this is a really hard truth for some people but, you know, if there's what's called the Rule of 4's on joints.

How To Treat A Herniated Disc Without Surgery

So I'm roughly 200 pounds, if I go down the stairs or up the stairs I essentially load my joints 4 times so I'm carrying 800 pounds up and 800 pounds down and if I was 250 or 300 or 300 plus, you can imagine this significant increase in pressure on my back. So first things we do is, get a healthy diet, make sure we get lots of water and make sure we're eating the right foods, portion control sides, get off of all of the sugary beverage intake as possible. You know, really really help your back, not only to reduce your metabolism but also, it's really really important that sugar feeds nerve irritation, it feeds inflammation. So let's pretend that you're at your target metabolism or you've done a good job reducing the pressure on those joints, what are the next options. So I've seen wonderful results with chiropractic adjustment therapy for low back pain and low back discs and I found that the adjustments seem to work a little bit less effective if there's pain just in the leg, so with a herniated disc or intervertebral disc syndrome, there's really about 3 presentations. You can have pain in your back, you can have pain in your leg or you can have pain in the back and the leg and it all goes to the severity of the, you know, blown disc or the herniated disc, which of your presentation is. So the chiropractic adjustments, then we do some electrical stimulation, some ultrasound to help with the muscles and tissues and massage the nerves.

I think massage therapy is, it has a place in this. I really like physical therapy to change people's rehab pattern. So when it's bad ergonomics, when we're lifting like a crane, where we're bending over, pick up, we're not using our legs, we have bad ergonomics and physical therapy can teach you the different movement patterns and they can do back extension and Mackenzie exercises, there's a great place for it. What I really like to do for the backs that I get, which I usually get people that have failed in physical therapy and failed in chiropractic therapy failed in acupuncture therapy and I'm the next step before surgery, so here's what I like to do on the next steps. The first one is, to do some Regenerative Injection Therapy and strengthen the ligaments. If your body's a car and you're going down the road and you hit a pothole and your lug nuts get loose on your car, what happens is, you may be able to drive around town and this is just like your back, you may be able to do little movements but if you get out in the freeway and you go really fast or if your body, you know, you start to do lots of movement and you start to rub those ligaments, what happens is, it really starts to rub and it creates pain and it creates inflammation. Now in the medical treatments, with the narcotic therapy, the pain relief therapy, it's kind of like turning up the music really loud so that you don't hear what's happening and we can numb the nerves and numb the senses but it makes you dopey, it makes you loopy, and we don't want you having addicted to any of that narcotic opiate pathway. So let's pretend to not go in that direction and let's talk about what else we can do for pain and to stabilize those ligaments, you can do some Prolotherapy or Perineural Injection Therapy or Prolozone Therapy around the ligaments and what that means is, you're injecting the vitamin solutions into the lumbosacral ligament and it's tightening the ligaments, just like it would be tightening the lug nuts in your car and what it does, once you tighten those then you can do freeway speeds and you're not going to have any problem and I see this happen frequently in people that get relief from adjustments and then what happens is, it goes right back out.

They're like, "Man, I just have to go keep going to seeing my chiropractor or my chiropractor." One of my doctorates is as a chiropractor, I really like that approach to interventions but the next thing that we can do is, we can shrink wrap those ligaments, we can tighten them up so that they hold the adjustments in and it takes the pressure off of the shock absorber. The next step that we do is called an intervertebral lumbar body cast. Now that's a big mouthful but really what that is, is we can gap the bones off of the shock absorber, we can create an intradiscal pressure phenomena, will it suck the discs back inside and then what happens is, that annulus fibrosus or that hard component of the jelly filled donut will heal up with scar tissue. We've done this thousands of times, saved hundreds of people, thousands of people from surgery, you run a cast from the ribcage, to the pelvis, you pull the bones apart and it will heal up with scar tissue and now you resolve the problem. It's kind of the same thing, what people talk about when we do lumbar traction, you lay down on the table and they put a little pulley around your ribcage and your pelvis and they pull it apart, people are like, "Man, I feel great on the table." And then what happens is, they stand up and the herniation happens again. The disc, the intervertebral body cast that we do, we put the cast on, what it does is, it keeps your body in a state of constant traction, it'll pull the disc back in and the neat thing about this is, it doesn't cause any muscle atrophy because it's a little bit different than an arm cast. So if you break your arm and they put a cast here and they put a cast here, you want to isolate the joint above the fracture and below the fracture, so the bone doesn't move at all but it does cause the muscles to weakness. When we're doing the intervertebral cast, we don't get any weakness because we're pulling the vertebrae apart and you're getting constant motion in this plane right here.

It's not going side to side, so it doesn't cause any muscle atrophy. We've put medical doctors, lives in this cast, save them from surgery, we do this all the time when people can't have a surgery and you'll see lots of testimonials on our channel about how the cast helped people with health. So you can do injection therapy, you can do the body cast therapy, then also, from an oral nutritional standpoint, it's really important to get manganese into the body because manganese is the most important mineral for ligament health and calcium and magnesium and help all the ligaments put back together, the more that you reduce your inflammatory food intake, the better off your ligaments are gonna be.

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