Sciatica

Innovative and Highly Effective Non-Surgical Treatments for Severe Low Back Pain, Sciatica and Stenosis.

We recognize that there is a serious need to help those suffering with moderate to severe low back pain, including sciatica and stenosis – WITHOUT relying on invasive, expensive and dangerous surgical procedures. It is well known that most of these debilitating and painful conditions are due to intervertebral disc problems.

The intervertebral discs are located between each vertebra in the spinal column. Of the vertebrae, there are 7 cervical (neck), 12 thoracic (mid-back) and 5 lumbar (low back) discs. The discs make up approximately 1/3 of the spinal column.

Sciatica leg pain radiates along the sciatic nerve, usually on only one side of the body, from the lower back, through the hips and down the legs. This happens when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disc or bone spur, sometimes caused by an accident or injury. Symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Tingling and/or Numbness in the Extremities
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Prickling Sensations
  • Sleeplessness
  • Loss of Mobility

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgicalhighly effective treatment that directly affects the intervertebral discs. It works by slowly and gently stretching the spine, taking pressure off compressed unhealthy discs and pinched spinal nerves.

Spinal decompression is one of the most exciting medical treatments developed in many years, since it demonstrates excellent statistical results for long term low back and sciatic pain relief. Decompression therapy helps to prime the “pump mechanism” that is inherent in all healthy intervertebral discs. This will allow water and nutrients to consistently return causing natural healing to occur.

This can allow you to live a normal life again.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression for herniated discs is based on the following principles:

  • Decompression of the involved disc creates a negative intradiscal (“within the disc”) pressure which, in turn, creates –
  • A vacuum effect which reduces (“sucks in”) the size of the herniation, which then takes pressure off the involved nerve root.
  • Reduction or elimination of extremity (leg/arm) pain and/or numbness.
  • The gentle controlled motions, which occur during the computerized decompression creates “imbibition”, which is what primes the “pump mechanism of the disc”. This movement also allows nutrients to be exchanged at the level of the disc causing inflammation around the nerve root to be dispersed resulting in reduction or elimination of low back pain.

What Conditions Can Spinal Therapy Help With?

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated and/or Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Relapse or Failed Surgery

These can are greatly helped by this modern technological therapy

Why are you feeling pain?

The intervertebral disc is actually a type of cartilaginous joint. Discs consist of an outer layer, annulus fibrosis, and an inner nucleus pulposus, which is a soft, jelly-like, substance. The disc is made up of proteins called collagen and proteoglycans that attract water.

Normally, discs compress when pressure is put on them and decompress when the pressure is relieved. These discs do not have a blood supply; therefore, they exchange nutrients by a process called “imbibition”. By definition: It is a complex movement-driven pump mechanism.

Imagine a sponge filled with water; when that sponge is compressed, the water is forced out of the sponge. When the compressive force is removed, the water is “sucked” back into the sponge. This is precisely how discs stay healthy and functional. This process explains how the disc is a self-healing pump mechanism.

However, any significant injury to the spine – especially if repeated over time can adversely affect the discs causing a lack of movement or motion usually from pain, swelling and muscle spasm (inflammation). Nutrient exchange is halted from the pump stopping. If prolonged, the failure of this “pump mechanism” may result in biochemical changes, causing chronic back pain and disc degeneration.

This can be seen on an MRI, where there is a lack of fluids in the disc. This is called desiccation and it can precede the herniation of a disc. There has to be a way to get this “pump mechanism” working again to restore the vital nutrients and fluids that are necessary for healthy tissue.

Can we eliminate pain without surgery?

Eliminate Pain and Help Your Body Repair Itself WITHOUT Surgery?

Yes, we certainly can!!! We utilize a team approach to treat low back pain and disc problems. We are an integrated clinic – which means we have Medical Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Chiropractors and Massage therapists on staff – all working together to help you heal faster. We are the only one in Kennewick, WA or the Tri-Cities for that matter.

This is what you can expect when you present to our clinic:

Medical Evaluation

You are evaluated by our medical staff to make sure that you do not have any serious health problems and to check and see if you are a candidate for medications, state of the art stimulation devices and supportive bracing.

Physical Medicine Evaluation

You are then evaluated by our physical medicine staff and qualified for Spinal Decompression therapy as well as other physical medicine rehabilitative procedures including deep tissue massage and core strengthening rehabilitative exercises.

Plan Of Action

We give you a plan of action of how to get over your problem, answering the questions – Can we help you? How long will it take? (and) How much will it cost? (insurance may cover most).
What is spinal decompression like?
  1. First, we’ll have you lie down on our specially-equipped decompression table.
  2. Then, ever so slowly, we’ll stretch your spine. And then relax it. Stretch. And relax.

Our patients tell us this treatment process is quite pleasant, even relaxing. Because they don’t feel the need to “guard” their spine, each sequence helps the damaged disc receive nourishment, expel cellular waste and enjoy reduced pressure.

Then, healing can begin.

While not a cure-all, our decompression table(s) are highly effective, especially when combined with gentle chiropractic care and other rehabilitative services. Our experience shows that decompression can be helpful in supporting cases prone to frequent relapses.

Call Kennewick Medical Center Today

Kennewick Medical Center offers specialized treatments for conditions such as knee pain, neuropathy and sciatica in Kennewick, Washington. For your FREE consultation, call us today at 509-585-6318

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