We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for almost 20 years now. Herniated discs in the lumbar spine are very common. Herniated discs in the cervical spine are less common. Herniated discs in the thoracic spine are rare.
Often times, at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center, a patient will present with herniated discs in both the cervical and lumbar spine. Usually one area is worse than the other, and we can guesstimate which area herniated first, and if the herniated disc in the neck influenced the herniated disc in the low back, or vice versa.
Most doctors will tell you that they are not connected…and maybe they aren’t. But to me…how could they not be? After-all, the spine is made up of 24 movable segments called vertebrae. In between each vertebrae is the inter-vertebral disc. The disc is primarily cartilage tissue and is very dense, but at the same time flexible. There is a jelly like center that moves and gives according to our movements. When the bones of the spine are all in proper alignment the spine is strong and health and functions as intended.
If you injure a spinal disc say from a sports injury, auto accident, or years of poor posture from sitting at a computer, you can cause the jelly center to push out onto the nerves…this is called a disc herniation or disc bulge, depending on the nature of the disc damage.
Basic physics tells us if we alter structure, we alter function. If you put a ski rack on a Porsche it will not corner as well. If you have a disc in the low back that has herniated…it effects the other discs of the spine and makes them work harder because it changes the shape and strength of the disc and surrounding structures. The discs above and below the herniated disc segment are the most prone to future herniation from the extra stress put on them.
However, the discs in the neck also have to work harder because of the herniated disc in the low back. And if you are someone that is under a lot of constant physical and mental stress (to the neck)…say like a legal secretary…you may be prone to bulging or herniated discs in the cervical spine.
When it comes to herniated discs…they are not isolated occurrences…the entire spine is effected.
This is why we encourage disc herniation sufferers to seek nonsurgical treatment right away with nonsurgical spinal decompression. Because the last thing you want is more disc herniations or disc bulges. And whether you like it or not…and even if you medical doctor tells you it’s not likely…basic physics tells us it is.
What about back surgery? Well…if you cut that disc out your alter structure. Same with fusion surgery. Now you spend the remainder of your life with limited motion and abnormal stresses on the rest of the spine. This is why back surgery often fails and leads to more back surgery. You should avoid this at all costs.
Anyway, a controversial topic, but one we have a lot of first hand knowledge with.
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