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Posted on 03-24-2017

Intervertebral discs make up about a third of the human spine. Each one of these discs has three main functions:

  1. Absorb shock from pain or injury

  2. Allow movement of the spine

  3. Separate the vertebrae  ​

The disc is entirely made up of cartilage. Within its composition are proteins called collagens and proteoglycans that attract water.  Bulging discs are a common cause of back pain.  As our bodies age, these discs retain less and less water, decreasing elasticity.  If there is trauma involving the spine, there are less protection in the form of vertebrae.  

There are many unusual causes for bulging discs.  Anyone who constantly lifts or moves heavy things or bends is at higher risk. For those who are active and work out, improper lifting techniques, or stretching the wrong way can cause a disc to bulge as well.  Contact sports like football or hockey are full of opportunities that can cause trauma to the spine. Even smoking or alcohol consumption could cause a disc problem.  

With all of these common causes, there are a lot of treatment options out there to deal with the pain from a bulging disc.  One, in particular, is spinal decompression. Spinal decompression is a revolutionary non-surgical technique for treating disc problems. Using a traction table, a chiropractor places a harness around your waist. This harness is attached to where your feet are, at the lower end of the bed. The upper part (where the head is) remains in an immovable position, while the lower part is moved back and forth by the harness.  

This therapy should be completely painless and produces a similar feeling of relief typically experienced after a nice, long stretch. Spinal decompression is not a one and done procedure, however. Typically, a patient must come in 15 to 30 times to have it done over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Each session usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes.  Connetquot Chiropractic offers this innovative new treatment for people suffering from back pain from disc issues. If you’re still unsure, you can always contact our conveniently located Ronkonkoma office to see if spinal decompression is right for you!       

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